The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Movie Scenes

Sixty years ago today, Marilyn Monroe stepped on a subway grate and made movie history. She was shooting a film called... Read More
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Untranslatable Words, Translated Into GIFs

One of the pleasures of learning new languages is acquiring words for concepts that you were never quite able to express in your native language. Perhaps the most famous example of this is the German word schadenfreude, which translates into English as “the pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.” An enterprising young artist has created a blog in which he translates these words, not into phrases, but into GIFs. Mark Cuyos, a trilingual 20-year-old medical student, founded his Tumblr, Wordstuck, for “curious people who seek adventures in discovering words and languages around the world.” Click through to see a few highlights from the project, which we spotted via DesignTaxi. … Read More

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Who Won the 2000s Garage Rock Revival War? A Ranking Circa 2014

The rock’n’roll dreams of 2003 are alive in this month’s record release calendar. Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O released her debut solo album, Crush Songs, last week, while her NYC compatriots Interpol attempted to mount another comeback with their fifth album, El Pintor. Later this month, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas will release his debut with The Voidz as his backing band, entitled Tyranny. … Read More

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Nathaniel P. Reviews ‘Happiness: Ten Years of n + 1′

Had it really been ten years, N. thought. The past decade had been a large one in the history of his life. He had traveled from Boston to New York. He had written book reviews for small publications that nobody had read, and now he had a book, a name, a platform, as much as he hated the word. And throughout those years, n + 1 had been there, a voice echoing in his head, proposing a beautiful combination of dialectical thought and rigorous scholarship when it came to the issues of our age; the economics of our ethos, or how all our beliefs stem from capitalism. … Read More

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Is Lena Dunham Really the Millennial Woody Allen?

Lena Dunham has a book out very, very soon, and you know what that means: it’s time for cover stories and blog posts and an entire cultural conversation about the auteur of an HBO comedy series, so let’s strap in. First out of the gate is the New York Times, with a cover story entitled “Lena Dunham Is Not Done Confessing,” which has prompted a bit of hand-wringing around the ol’ Twittersphere — not because of its generally Dunham-positive tone, or for any particularly reward-worthy photos, but because profile writer Meghan Daum had the audacity to (frequently!) compare Ms. Dunham to Woody Allen, and how dare she. … Read More

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‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: “Below the Belt”

This week, Masters of Sex races recklessly towards the end of its second season with a slew of deep-seeded issues that will not resolve themselves in the next two episodes. (Then again, I guess anything’s possible if they can solve Bill’s impotence in three episodes.) “Below the Belt” tees up sexual chemistry among four different couples, half of which no one saw coming (Lester and Barb, Dr. Langham and his Cal-o-Metric boss Flo) and the other two taking shape in new ways (Libby and Robert, Masters and Johnson). Bill brings in a PR man and pushes out his brother once and for all, bonding with his mother and Virginia in the process. Libby uses Virginia to deceive Bill in order to canvass with CORE. The entire episode feels on brink of something: Bill leaving Libby for Virginia, Libby leaving Bill for Robert, and the study making national TV news. Can’t wait for those finale cliffhangers. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “The Good Listener”

After last week’s premiere made it loud and clear that the final season of Boardwalk Empire is gonna be All About Nucky, the show had some extra groundwork to cover tonight. Nucky’s still around and very much in focus, hunting down legitimate business partners and ruminating on his terrible father figures. But virtually all of the supporting players from “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” have been swapped out, showing just how much pipe laying was pushed aside in favor of flashbacks and cute Cuban kids. Case in point: we’re a quarter of the way through the season, and we only just got to Chicago! … Read More

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10 Dangerous Works of Architecture

Adrenaline junkies, adventure enthusiasts, and radical architecture lovers: we have a house for you. Earlier this week, we spotted a cantilevered cliff-side home on Co.Design (featured below). For more extreme architectural thrills, we searched for other “dangerous” abodes that break the laws of physics and get our blood pumping. … Read More

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The Uncanny Personal Universe of 10 Artists

On the East Coast, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is hosting David Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. David Lynch: The Unified Field explores the director’s personal iconography from his beginnings as a painter in the ‘60s to the present. … Read More

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Intimate Photos of Thailand’s Transgender Sex Workers

Soopakorn Srisakul’s photo series Mistress reveals the everyday lives of Thailand’s transgender sex workers, particularly those employed in the red-light district of Nana in Bangkok. “Because of their unusual appearance and lifestyle, so far removed from the norm of most everyday happening, even if one were to start off with a neutral perspective regarding their life, one really cannot help having some kind of presumption,” the artist writes on his Bēhance portfolio page. “That is, unless one becomes an integrated part of their life, intimately and investedly.”

Srisakul’s camera observes the daily routines of several cabaret dancers and sex workers, including his girlfriend who is a transgender call girl.

Thailand’s definition of gender is more fluid than in the West, and sex workers are “tolerated” more so, too. But the community still faces discrimination and legal issues. A female-identified person is not allowed to change their sex on birth certificates or passports, and would be sent to a male prison if incarcerated.

See more from the Mistress series, below. Please note that some of the images are NSFW. … Read More

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Bill Murray’s Best ‘SNL’ Sketches

NBC confirmed this week that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will kick off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season as the series’ host. Rumors have been swirling about other potential hosts for the upcoming season, including a report that Bill Murray could make his return to Studio 8H for the first time in 15 years. Murray joined the SNL cast in 1977, lasting three seasons, and he’s a member of the show’s Five-Timers Club. Until the rumor is proven true or false, we’ll be wringing our hands in anticipation of a Murray/SNL reunion — so here are ten of Murray’s greatest moments on the series to tide us over until… Read More

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