Auto-Decapitating Babies and Leg-Penises Abound in ‘AHS: Freak Show’ Credits: Links You Need to See

American Horror Story is having a freakishly busy day. Not too long after we wrote a massive dissection of its short first trailer, we got news of the release of the opening credits, which, as usual, tend to trump the quality of the actual show. The titles, using a carnivalesque version of the same credit score the show’s always used, also take some artistic liberties with character portrayals, featuring a performer with a leg for a penis, as well as babies that auto-decapitate and then re-capitate (should be a word). It’s so carnivalesque, in fact, that it might simply make you miss the oh-so-prematuraly cancelled Carnivale.  … Read More

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Handmade by Design: This Is How To Raise the Bar

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Handcrafting makes a difference. The care and craftsmanship in a handmade item, whether furniture, clothing, or spirits, is obvious. We wanted to celebrate the artisanal Roca Patrón tequila with a series of handmade bar tools. We tasked some incredible designers with creating unique and artisanal barware inspired by the new handcrafted Roca Patrón tequila; artists paid tribute to the small-batch, labor-intensive Tahona process behind the new tequila in their one-of-a-kind pieces. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Scary Viruses and Super Freak-Outs

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or by just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading.

This week: disease is in the air. After reading Eula Biss’ On Immunity: An Inoculation, and opening the newspaper to read that the first confirmed case of Ebola is in the U.S., it feels like the right time to explore some necessary journalism about how humans deal with pandemics, disease, and vaccinations. … Read More

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Flavorwire Video Premiere: Jonny Telafone, “The Prayer”

A shirtless, bearded man. A small white dog. FORBIDDEN LOVE. Well, sort of — this video by Australian “bedroom auteur” Jonny Telafone features the eponymous Mr. Telafone crooning about “unspoken desires” and “beautiful eyes” while clutching a rather nonplussed looking Maltese terrier, an image that’s as amusing as it is mildly disconcerting. (Especially when the dog starts, um, licking his nipples.) The video was directed by fellow Antipodean Geoffrey O’Connor (of Crayon Fields and solo renown), and it’s great, gazing on the curious couple through atmospheric blue filters and contrasting them with flashes of religious imagery. The song’s ace, too — it’s ’80s-influenced late-night R&B that falls somewhere between How To Dress Well and Telafone’s labelmate Darren Sylvester. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album Romeo Must Cry, which is out through Chapter Music next February. Click through to check it out. … Read More

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10 Albums You Need to Hear in October

You could spend October geeking out over those massive Belle & Sebastian and Sleater-Kinney reissues, or you could check out some new jams. They’re not mutually exclusive activities — we actively encourage you to do both. But if you are in the market for new albums, there are a lot of great ones out this month. Weezer don’t fail miserably at getting back to their heyday. Flying Lotus blows our mind. Ex Hex make us want to throw a dance party and invite only too-cool punk kids. Kindness gives us another mix overflowing with warm… Read More

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Why Anti-Vaxxers Are Violating the Social Contract: 5 Ideas From Eula Biss’ ‘On Immunity’

In On Immunity: An Inoculation, essayist Eula Biss explores the topic of vaccination against disease and takes it beyond the one-note pro-and-anti Jenny McCarthy-style arguments of, “If I vaccinate my child, then they will end up autistic.” Biss, who’s proven herself to be an endlessly searching intellect, a writer who can be fairly compared to Joan Didion in such previous works as The Balloonists and the extraordinary Notes From No Man’s Land: American Essays, writes a social history of “vaccinations,” showing the roots and stories of vaccination and why they work as part of the human contract. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

It’s an odd time of year at the cinema — with fall studio movies rolling out and Oscar Season™ in full swing, the multiplex is presumably filled with the kind of smart, adult-minded fare we usually head to the art-house to see. But don’t be fooled; there’s bound to be some wolves in sheep’s clothing out there, and the indies have got you covered this month just in case, with the help of several sharp documentaries, terrific new movies from the likes of Lynn Shelton, Gregg Araki, and Alex Ross Perry, and the smartest social satire in many a moon. Here are the indie movies you can’t miss this month. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister”

Last week, I mentioned how great it is that New Girl routinely switches up the pairings on the show, dividing up the characters in fresh ways instead of keeping the same people together week after week. “Julie Beckman’s Older Sister” is another example, though the pairing doesn’t work as well as last week. In the main, emotion-driven story is Jess and Cece are paired up as Jess comes to terms with her father’s new relationship while the sillier and funnier subplot has the guys in a more sitcom-y environment as they accidentally sabotage one of Schmidt’s job interviews. (It’s actually pretty similar to the group at Winston’s BBQ.) The storylines aren’t equal but they’re both lovely in their own way. … Read More

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Ilana Glazer Is Literally Full of Surprises: Links You Need to See

Today, like every other day, is a day like no other day. Like every other day, it’s filled with unique bits of strangeness and intrigue from around the web, but like none other, today’s bits include: Ilana Glazer birthing a very tiny but very important 20th century artist, an interaction between Haim and Napoleon Dynamite, two-headed Sarah Paulson, and more. And, oh look, I’ve conveniently collected them all here for your viewing pleasure: … Read More

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