The world’s most famous doll celebrated her 55th birthday this weekend. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” creator Ruth Handler once said. Despite the best intentions, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an unhealthy body image to young girls. Her impossible figure and perfect life have been a target for many artists who have subverted the Barbie norm to explore its absurdity and question feminine ideals. Here are just a… Read More
Strange, wonderful, and dare we say, magical things happen under the cloak of night. The photography series White Lies brings this to light, exploring the intimate and vulnerable moments in the lives of Istanbul’s residents. The use of black and white connects each person across the series. The photos are quiet pauses: couples in love, people struggling to survive, a man and his dog. Photographer Ali Sureyya Torun hopes to call attention to “human themes” in the work — perhaps, here, showing us that nighttime can feel ominous, but also hopeful.
True Detective has only been around for one season, but tonight’s impending finale is already inspiring Breaking Bad-levels of separation anxiety. Fear not, we’re here to support you during these dark times. We’ve recapped the episodes for you, given you a thorough primer for a re-watch, told you about the photos that helped inspire the look of the series, and showed you where to buy some weird True Detective merch. Creator Nic Pizzolatto has hinted that the second season of the show will feature a new cast, and star Matthew McConaughey has confirmed he will not return for another go-round. With that in mind, and the wildly popular #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hashtag, we were inspired to come up with a few picks for the second season team. Since it also happens to be crime novelist Mickey Spillane’s birthday, the author who created iconic private investigator Mike Hammer, we chose our picks from a pool of pop culture detective types. Feel free to cast your votes for the best season two team, below. … Read More
One of the most talked-about women on television joins SNL this week. Lena Dunham’s enthusiasm and ingenuity are just what we need to lift us out of the dourness of last week’s catastrophe. Recently, SNL came up against its own controversy concerning the show’s lack of diversity, but will the writers re-enter the ring to comment on the storm of body-shaming and millennial feminist hatred that Dunham continues to face? Will this episode wind up being shades of her Girls character, Hannah Horvath, and nothing more? Find out, below. … Read More
The moment we’ve all been dreading has finally arrived. This Sunday, the season finale of HBO’s True Detective airs. All we can hope is that time really is a flat circle, and Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart will live on somehow. There’s a lot resting on the episode “Form and Void.” Who is the Yellow King? Will Rust ever wash his hair? Who mows the lawns in Carcosa? True Detective fandom has spiraled out of control (so many spirals… ) — in a good, and sometimes, creepy way. We found a few bizarre pieces of merch that will tingle your metafiction senses. … Read More
Between environmental degradation, our changing economy, and the growing population, cities across the world continue to sprawl. Redditor Shystone provided a visual for the changing face of one metropolis by juxtaposing 18th and 19th-century paintings of London with present-day Google Street View snapshots. The architectural collage seamlessly blends in places, while other fragments show the striking changes throughout history. Click on to take a closer look, and head to Shystone’s gallery for more information. … Read More
It’s been two years since Wes Anderson’s last film, and we’ve been having serious whimsy withdrawal. The director’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, invites audiences to a fictional spa town, the Republic of Zubrowka. In typical Anderson fashion, the filmmaker has decked out the European hotel, leaving no detail unturned:
Even the smallest concrete yet imaginary element of Grand Budapest‘s main setting… was fanatically created by Anderson and company, down to its newspaper of record, the Trans-Alpine Yodel, and its pastry of choice, the mouthwatering Courtesan au chocolat, always packaged in the unmistakable pink boxes from Mendl’s Patisserie.
Anderon’s immersive environs remind us of other fictional film locales that transport us to fascinating worlds of wonder and mystery. Here are ten cities, big and small, that stem from the wild imaginations of their creators. … Read More
A wizard of the written word, today marks the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel — better known as the dear Dr. Seuss. The beloved children’s author and illustrator created a menagerie of creatures that recited anapestic tetrameter, caused trouble, and captured our imaginations. The man behind beasties like the Grinch, Lorax, and Sneetches was a fascinating character in his own right. Here are 20 facts about the great Dr. you might have missed. … Read More
After photographer Trent Bell discovered a close friend made a few bad decisions and was sentenced to spend the next 36 years in jail, he embarked on a project that would change the lives of other prisoners — for the better. He photographed inmates and superimposed their images over their handwritten letters to their younger selves. The writings contained warnings, encouragement, and inspiring lessons learned. “Our bad choices can contain untold loss, remorse, and regret, but the positive value of these bad choices might be immeasurable if we can face them, admit to them, learn from them and find the strength to share,” Bell said of the project. See more of Bell’s reflective portraits of prisoners, below. … Read More
Prep those cocktails and gather round the telly — it’s Oscar time. The Academy is ditching the bro-isms of Seth MacFarlane and has accepted that “hip” hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t cut it. They’re playing it safe this year with Ellen DeGeneres, who is making her return to the Academy stage after a seven-year hiatus. We expect a fairly sweet and tame affair — at least where Ellen is concerned. There’s no telling what will happen when a celebrity gets a strong drink in their hand. Imbibe with us by playing our Official 2014 Academy Awards drinking game. Cheers! … Read More