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New York Movies on Netflix Streaming

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Plenty of movies have been set and shot in New York City, the metropolis becoming a character of its own for each film. Part of the excitement of living in New York comes from seeing our city depic...

Infra-Red Photographs of the Arctic

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Photography traditionalists like me are sad to see the slow decline of film as a medium, and not just because of its old-world charm. Cross-processing and other processing techniques can produce so...

Girls Season 3′s Top 5 Unresolved Storylines

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Girls has taken us on quite a journey over the past three years, from Season 1 ("The Season That Launched a Thousand Think Pieces"), to a dark and confusing Season 2 ("You'll Never Want to Use Q-Ti...

Toshiteru Yamaji’s Pigs and Papa Photos

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Pigs get a bad rap — they're generally portrayed as, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, "a filthy animal." It's not really fair, though. They're intelligent, sensitive crea...

The Childhood Homes of 10 Famous Musicians

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The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is stronger than ever this year, with Kurt Cobain Day established (February 20), the publication of Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, an...

Letterman Replacements Who Aren’t White Guys

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This week, David Letterman announced his retirement from his eponymous late-night talk show. While he won't retire until sometime next year, people are already speculating about who will replace hi...

Best Short Novels

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Springtime can make even the most devoted of readers a little bit antsy. After all, there are flowers to smell, puddles to jump in, fresh love to kindle. You still want to have a novel in your pock...

Best TV Shows Only on Amazon Instant Video

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When it comes to streaming video sites, Netflix and Hulu are the most popular. However, Amazon Instant Video has been establishing itself as a fierce competitor. The price for Amazon Prime may seem...

Celebrating Heathers’ Cynicism on its 25th Anniversary

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In order to appreciate what a dirty bomb Heathers was when it was originally released 25 years ago, on March 31, 1989, you have to remember what exactly the “high school movie” was back then. The e...

Review: Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat

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The first two words of the third chapter of Muriel Spark's scant little book The Driver's Seat should be an all-caps "SPOILER ALERT." After all, this is how she begins the chapter, just 25 pages in...

Noah Review: Darren Aronofsky’s Bold, Weird, Magnificent Mess

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There are scenes and images in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah as astonishing as any in recent memory, surrealistic flashes that inspire immediate awe and reverberate long afterwards. And there are moments...

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Is Journalism for Robots

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In Creativity, Inc., the new book on Pixar's creative culture by Pixar head Ed Catmull, the name behind movies like Toy Story and Ratatouille and a man who holds a PhD in computer science, rails ag...

The Problem With TV’s Love Triangles

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Love triangles have long been a staple on television shows, often used as a means to introduce a little drama into a relationship that has grown stale. Writers are always looking for ways to keep l...

Billy Corgan’s Decline Is Sad, Not Funny

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"At one time, you've got it, and then you lose it, and it's gone forever." So said Sick Boy in Trainspotting, and for all that this pronouncement came in the context of a conversation conducted whi...

Watch Batman Return to His Noir Roots in New Animated Short

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For a 75-year-old, Batman is showing no signs of converting the Batcave into a cozy retirement home. On the contrary, the DC Comics superhero is starring in a new animated short, "Batman: Strange D...

Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles Isn’t “Raping Your Childhood”

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It feels like we’ve been hearing about the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for a decade now, but, inexplicably, it still hasn’t been released — and that big day may have be...

Frankie Knuckles’ Music Brought People Together

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Starting a conversation about "dance music" in the post-disco era inevitably elicits (along with a protracted debate about what that phrase actually means) a million clichéd ideas. And one of these...

Review: Joan Chase’s During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

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Sometimes an author puts one book into the world that, in its time, is showered with acclaim and awards. Then, for whatever reason, that author slowly fades away. It's not always fair to call them ...

Girl Talk, Pitchfork, Bonnaroo on Music Festivals

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Music festivals. How could an innocuous phrase that essentially boils down to “a collection of concerts” inspire such polarizing opinions in music fans? Much of what differentiates festival culture...

Jonpaul Douglass’ Pizzas in the Wild Photos

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Los Angeles-based photographer Jonpaul Douglass has a large following on Instagram, and rightly so: his photos are a nice blend of majesty and quirk, particularly as most of them document pizzas in...

How I Met Your Mother’s Disappointing Finale

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How much did you hate that series finale of How I Met Your Mother? Or maybe you loved it? It's OK, you can admit it. This is a safe space. This is a weird morning for television, one that's vaguely...

What Kind of Music Fan Are You?

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Once upon a time, back in the ‘50s, there were two kinds of pop fans: those who dug rock ‘n’ roll (teenagers, hip parents, DJs and record labels looking to make a quick buck) and everyone else (old...

Subversive Collages of Porn Stars in Domestic Settings

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Taking a humorous stab at censorship, Brian Steinhoff‘s Porn for the Whole Family series collages decorative textiles with silhouetted porn stars. The florid patterns mask couples doing it in domes...

50 Costume Test Photos from Famous Films

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Costume test photos are a necessity for filmmakers and designers in order to get a clear picture of how colors, fabrics, and styles (and usually hair and makeup) will appear on the big screen. Inad...

Upworthy Haters Aren’t Necessarily Cynics

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It was only a matter of time until someone wrote an in-depth profile of Upworthy and its founders, and happily, the task fell to Nitsuh Abebe, whose excellent article on the Internet's feel-good se...

Muppets as Twin Peaks Characters

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The earnestness that fuels Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper could also be pretty applicable to another much-loved character: Kermit the Frog. In fact, it's kind of spooky to see how easily The Muppet...

CHVRCHES Set to a Retro Fitness Video Works Surprisingly Well

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"Strong Hand" is a bonus track from CHVRCHES' debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. While there is no music video for the song, some creative fans have made their own. The editors basically s...

Listen to New Tori Amos Track “Trouble’s Lament”

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Tori Amos is back in full Tori Amos mode. The singer's latest album Unrepentant Gates won't drop until May, but she has released the second song from her album in the meantime. "Trouble's Lament" s...

Go Read ‘The Dead Zoo Gang’ at The Atavist

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Need a killer #longread for your commute home? The Atavist has just put up 'The Dead Zoo Gang' for free. A rash of rhinoceros horn thefts were plaguing natural history museums, and writer Charles H...

Broad City Finale, HIMYM Wedding: The Week’s Top TV Moments

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help...

Wu-Tang Clan’s Shaolin Museum Tour Could Change Music

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Yesterday, iconic rap collective Wu-Tang Clan announced, in Forbes of all places, that they'd be releasing only one copy of their new album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. That one copy coul...

Joy Division Introduced Me to Gogol’s ‘Dead Souls’

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It's doubtful that I was the only teenage punk to pick up Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, who was born on this day in 1809, after realizing that Joy Division's Ian Curtis borrowed the name for the tit...

Game of Thones’ Joffrey Dies: In Memoriam

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At about 9:56 pm EST last night, Twitter exploded with approximately a bazillion people all tweeting something along the lines of "YESSSSS SUCK IT JOFFREY!!!1!11!!" It's probably the greatest outpo...

Marc Chagall Paintings as Modern-Day Photos

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Marc Chagall was an early modernist who dabbled in a variety of artistic forms, creating for himself a lasting legacy as a preeminent Russian artist. It makes sense, then, that artist Olga Ush, her...

Google Street View Album Covers

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For diehard music fans, visiting the exact location where your favorite album cover was shot is a necessary pilgrimage (this is true of even non-diehards: surely not every tourist who's crossed Abb...

Kurt Cobain: Best Books, Interviews, Photos

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I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain. In the 20 years since his suicide, we've searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his act...