Electric Daisy Festival Sets New Safety Standards: Links You Need to See

Once again, there is talk of a Goonies II brewing, so it’s only fair we tap in to some Goonies nostalgia in today’s links. … Read More

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer who has been, in some ways, cursed with great success. Her 2006 book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia was such a raging, zeitgeist-capturing forever-on-the-list bestseller that it, paradoxically, practically erased her decade’s worth of work as an author that could do anything: write the hell out of a short story, books in fiction or nonfiction, and a haunting magazine feature that stays with the reader. Eat, Pray, Love turned Gilbert into “Elizabeth Gilbert” the self-help brand, a woman with a viral TED Talk and the approval of Oprah. And she still has it — she’ll be one of the “life trailblazer” speakers on Oprah’s eight-city “The Life You Want Empowerment Tour” in the fall. … Read More

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Gabriel García Márquez on Shakira and 5 Other Authors’ Fascinating Rock Star Profiles

“The most amazing thing about the Shakira phenomenon is the craze that has gripped masses of children.” The late Gabriel García Márquez wrote that in his 2002 profile on Shakira for The Guardian. Even when covering one of the biggest pop stars in the world, the Nobel Prize winner’s music writing doesn’t rank anywhere near his classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera, but it does earn a spot alongside a few of our other favorite rock star/writer pairings. … Read More

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Women Should Be Next on Aaron Sorkin’s Apology List

In a rare moment of humility this week, Aaron Sorkin apologized… sort of. He said a few words to journalists who do the kind of work he portrays on The Newsroom, in an attempt to smooth over any misunderstandings about how he portrays their profession. … Read More

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15 Things We Learned From Gillian Flynn’s Reddit AMA

On Tuesday, Gillian Flynn, author of Gone GirlDark Places, and Sharp Objects treated fans to a Reddit AMA. Flynn is just coming off of writing the screenplay for the much-hyped, David Fincher-directed film version of Gone Girl, and had plenty of comforting words for fans and aspiring novelists alike. She patted our heads and assured us that Gone Girl‘s script won’t differ too much from the book, and gave us lots of insight into her process for both writing and getting into her characters’ twisted minds. … Read More

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Music-Loving Makeup Artist Paints Classic Album Covers Directly Onto Her Face

Looking for a new beauty look to prepare for next year’s Record Store Day? Natalie Sharp has you covered. The London makeup artist decided to commemorate the day by painting eight album covers onto her face — a slightly delusional choice, she told The Quietus: “I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day.” Each face, she says, took three to six hours, and was painted entirely freehand — no stencils. … Read More

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10 Concept Albums You’re Probably Not Getting

Concept albums should not be evaluated solely on how flashy the concept is, but rather, how well it’s executed as a narrative. Sometimes, the musician goes into painstaking detail to lay out the concept, but the overabundance of details and references to other works is overwhelming or inaccessible to the listener. Sometimes the story’s just right, but the way the album is received and discussed obscures the concept. It takes a very specific touch to not only tell the story, but also make sure that it’s accessible and comprehensible to the listener. With this in mind, we examined ten concept albums that don’t quite hit that sweet spot, either on the band’s part or on the fan’s… Read More

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10 Potentially Career-Wrecking Films by Great Directors

If your weirdo cinephile friend is all in a tizzy today, there’s a reason: Sorcerer, the much-maligned, long-neglected, yet freshly re-appreciated Wages of Fear remake from director William Friedkin, is making its Blu-ray debut today (and finally getting a proper anamorphic DVD release as well). When the film was originally released back in 1977, it was a highly anticipated, big-budget effort from Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The Exorcist and The French Connection. Unfortunately, its arrival in the moviegoing marketplace was preceded, by about a month, by a little movie called Star Wars, and that picture pretty much lay waste to everything in its path. It’s not a new story — filmmaking careers are made of highs and lows, and even the finest directors have seen falls that were difficult, or even impossible, to bounce back from. … Read More

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Chris Gethard’s Favorite Comedy Albums

Chris Gethard, a comedian, author, television personality, and all-around Internet hero, releases his first stand-up comedy album today. My Comedy Album is 45 minutes of laughter, punctuated with awkward moments and a little bit of public crying. It’s available on iTunes (and was also released on vinyl by Don Giovanni), and I can’t recommend it enough. Because My Comedy Album is sure to become one of your favorite comedy albums, we talked to Chris Gethard about his favorites. … Read More

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Don’t Believe the Nostalgia Machine: 1994 Was a Shitty Year for Music

It’s a strange thing to see an era you remember being regurgitated by the nostalgia machine. The last couple of years have been a constant stream of early-’90s anniversaries: Nevermind! Dazed and Confused! My So-Called Life! It’s not like we didn’t see this coming, of course — culture tends to move in generational 20ish-year cycles, so a resurgence of interest in the ’90s was inevitable. (And, of course, these days culture bloggers just love a good anniversary as an excuse for a think-piece, a trend from which this site is certainly not exempt.) Sure, the early ’90s were a rich flourishing of culture after the desert that was the late ’80s. But this year, we’re at the 20th anniversary of 1994. And listen: 1994 was shit. … Read More

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