Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz... Read More
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You’ve Saved The Internet, But Will It Save You?: Links You Need to See

The Internet was not always this Thing that it is. At first, it was a little baby idea, a thing with great potential but which had no body or mind to substantiate any greater visions of importance. Slowly, that changed. … Read More

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The 6 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Lianne La Havas and HEALTH Return

This week sees the summer jam come front and center in all its forms: Lianne La Havas’ unabashed love song, Heather Woods Broderick’s shade-seeking melancholy, and HEALTH’s chilled out, vomit-inducing noise bliss. (Seriously, viewer beware when it comes to that video.)

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Buddies With Time: Why Knausgaard Really Is Like Proust

When my friends ask me to recommend a work of “contemporary literature,” I often tell them about Karl Ove Knausgaard or Nell Zink or Ben Lerner. But mostly I talk about Knausgaard. Now, I realize that my friends only want a “good book” written recently — a work of contemporary fiction — but I can’t help recommending Knausgaard’s books on a slightly different basis, one that mischievously fulfills the criterion: Knausgaard’s My Struggle volumes are assertively contemporary, even if I’m not always sure what that means. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Glen and Betty, Together Again

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 you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Inside Amy Schumer proves sharp as ever, Fresh Off the Boat ends its freshman outing, and Betty Draper gets her age-inappropriate flirtation on.  … Read More

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Jon Krakauer Mansplains Rape, But Will His Book Help Women?

Jon Krakauer’s Missoula is the true-crime story of a handful of acquaintance rapes in one college town. Krakauer, who happens to be my favorite narrative nonfiction writer, uses the same technique he applied in his last two books about fundamentalist Mormons and a covered-up death in Afghanistan, respectively, to examine the way a single American community handled a number of university rape cases. … Read More

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Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Is a Talkative Series With Nothing New to Say

The “ish” in the title Happyish is bound to be a theme in reviews of the series. Showtime’s newest comedy is funnyish, entertainingish, goodish. That’s more than just cleverish wordplay; it’s a hesitance — a resistance — to commit one way or the other. Because on paper, Happyish is a series that we are practically programmed to like, a mishmash of talented, beloved actors and popular, well-trodden television plots. It is a show, you could argue, that our tastes created: set at an advertising agency; a dark family/workplace comedy; a passable, but certainly not original, series-long rumination on aging; a reflection of the trials and tribulations of a moderately happy, moderately successful white man; and all interspersed with “funny” rants about Thomas Jefferson, God, and (of course) the woes and frustrations of technology. “Unfriend me,” lead character Thom Payne sarcastically says at one point, making viewers thankful we were never his friend in the first place. … Read More

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Other Fictional Characters You Didn’t Know Were Actually Based On Jeff Eugenides

In this weekend’s New York Times Book Review, celebrated novelist Jeffrey Eugenides reviews the fourth volume of fellow celebrated novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard’s celebrated six-part saga My Struggle. The first paragraph is simply an extended block quote from Knausgaard’s Times Magazine travelogue, published in February, recounting an awkward lunch with another writer. The second paragraph is one of the most unintentionally funny passages of a book review in recent memory. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: The Rutles’ “I Must Be In Love” Gets an ’80s Pop Makeover From Skylar Spence

“I’m not big into Monty Python, but I’m pleading ignorance on that one,” admits Ryan DeRobertis, the one-man electro-pop band known as Skylar Spence (and formerly known as Saint Pepsi). “I like the Beatles enough too, but I actually like this Rutles song more than most Beatles songs.”

On the second edition of the Faux Real compilation, to be released next week by Father/Daughter Records, musicians cover songs by fictional bands from TV and movies. You’d be surprised at how many great tunes by fake bands exist, from Pete & Pete to Doug to The Simpsons to Josie and the Pussycats, oftentimes forgotten outside of the context of our screens. The concept of a compilation of such songs is novel, sure, but it’s one that seems to bring listeners a bit of nostalgic joy, particularly when the covers are creative re-imaginations of their originals. … Read More

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How ‘True Detective’ Shot McConaughey’s Monologues and Other Revelations From Cary Fukunaga’s Tribeca Talk

It probably says something not altogether confidence-inspiring about the current state of cinema that one of the most interesting and versatile independent filmmakers on the scene had to go to television to become a marquee name. Sure, indie fans hooked in to his 2009 debut feature Sin Nombre, and lit geeks fawned over his 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, but it’s fair to guess that most of the Tribeca Film Festival-goers who flocked to Thursday afternoon’s “Tribeca Talk” with Cary Fukunaga were there because of True Detective. And the director of that show’s entire first season was more than happy to oblige… Read More

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Blur Rise Above Nostalgia on Strong, If Overstuffed, New Album ‘The Magic Whip’

On the hidden song at the end of what the world thought was Blur’s final album — 2003’s Think Tank — Damon Albarn asked, “Why am I here? I’m here cuz I got no fucking choice.” He was referring to his country of origin, but listening to the record, it was not an unreasonable question for Blur’s leader to ask himself in the context of his band. … Read More

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