Alison Nastasi

Weekend Editor

Alison Nastasi is the weekend editor of Flavorwire, a freelance film writer, and artist. Her work has appeared on Cinematical, Fandango, Moviefone, MTV, and more. Alison is publishing a book about artists with Chronicle in spring 2015.

Features

The Art of Ancient Love Poems

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In an attempt to appreciate the innocence of Valentine’s Day without the dreaded Hallmark sentiment, we’re looking back at several ancient love poems. The term “ancient” is applied loosely in some instances. But throughout the centuries, fragments of swoon-worthy, erotic lines from poets often unnamed have offered clues about some of the oldest literary examples from the ancient world. Here are some of the most compelling.
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Incredibly Detailed, Voyeuristic Paintings of Life Inside City Skyscrapers

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Los Angeles-based artist Seth Armstrong, who we discovered on Fubiz, creates photorealistic paintings of cityscapes at night that allow us to peer into the tiny windows of massive buildings and watch the residents within. Armstrong focuses on skyscrapers, painting intricate reflections of city lights and miniature details of apartments and offices that require time and focus to find — such as the clothing hanging in a bedroom closet, a beside stack of books, or a couple having sex in the shadows. The neon lights and voyeuristic views lend an almost noir-ish vibe to the paintings.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Larry David

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This is the only SNL episode that matters as we go deeper into the presidential primaries. Larry David has appeared as a guest on the series, impersonating (without having to try very hard) Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Last night, there was visual proof that they are not actually the same person as Sanders did indeed make a cameo. Sanders also makes a very Larry David introduction when musical guest The 1975 hit the stage (lead singer Matthew Healy could be the love child of Dave Gahan and googly–eyed Robert Smith). See how it all went down last night, below.
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