Design Porn: Old Time Religion

Welcome to the latest edition of Design Porn, Flavorpill’s regular roundup of all things drool-worthy. Maybe the epic proportions of the BP oil spill have us thinking about the end of days. Maybe it’s Lady Gaga’s obsession with Christian imagery. Maybe we just felt it was only appropriate after the amazing Jewish-themed items we presented readers with last month. Regardless, click through and prepare to say Hallelujah — it’s time to look at some crosses. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Street Boners

Part fashion bible and part throwdown on all things obnoxiously hip, Gavin McInnes’ Street Boners satirizes the street-style photography phenomenon.

The former Vice main man rates each of his subjects on their modes of dress — from “rich hippie things to pocahipsters to the nerdy slut” — with a kitten-based rating system. Packed with over 1,200 snapshots and contributions from downtown culture icons including Debbie Harry and Chloë Sevigny, the book also features city travel guides and a timeline of “The History of Cool” from beatniks to ravers. … Read More

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Design Porn: Big Yellow Taxi Edition

Ah, a rainy Tuesday in New York, with no signs of the nasty weather letting up. This means that the odds of you finding an empty cab are next to none. (Note: Bloomingdale’s is the best place in the city to catch one, if you insist.) That’s why for this latest edition of Design Porn we’ve rounded up a handful of yellow-cab inspired objects for you to drool over while you’re standing there with your arm flung uselessly up in the air. Leave tips in the comments if we’ve missed anything of note. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: La Blogothèque

La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows feature unedited footage of indie bands performing in public places.

Shooting bands on the street, in the subway, or in a restaurant, auteurs like Vincent Moon (also a co-founder of La Blogothèque) capture the devil-may-care nature of impromptu performances. You can even download the podcasts in video format — Quicktime or Divx — or audio… Read More

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Members Project® from American Express: Philanthropy Charges Ahead

Looking for a simple but impactful way to give back? Members Project from American Express, in partnership with TakePart, is an initiative that allows you to get in on the action by voting on charities that you’d like to see get funding from American Express. With a total of up to 50 causes involved, there are a ton of opportunities to volunteer or donate to help make the world a better place. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: Links that Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we perused the results of GOOD’s health care infographic contest. Jon Stewart scared us when he threw down the gantlet to Apple, and we got mad inspired after hearing Kristen Wiig’s ’80s crooning on the track “Champion” from MacGruber. We were psyched to hear RZA and GZA are working on a sequel to Liquid Swords (!!!) and totally creeped out by this photographic tribute to Charles Burns’s Black Hole comic. We put on our party sombreros in advance of next week’s Guactacular (watch the promo video below). And finally, we were both delighted and ashamed that we knew what the mixologist was referencing when he created this cocktail list based on New York tech startups. (If we had to pick something for Flavorpill besides an, erm, empty glass, we’d probably have to go with 25 whole cases of boxed… Read More

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In Which We Add On to The Greatest Magazines of All Time

The co-editors of This Recording — an irreverent online culture publication that analyzes ’90s movies, male archetypes and dead writers with a wry grin — posted a laundry list of their print influences today, and boy is it revealing. Yes, it reiterates that the writers are super-smart and sure, everyone loves Sassy, but it got us thinking: can we say that print magazines on the market today are making the same imprint? “Print is dead” has become the inevitable refrain with news of magazine closings and budget cutbacks at major publishing houses, but perhaps it’s time to adjust the paradigm. And by that I mean: look past the Cosmopolitans and O Magazines of the world and take a trip down the independent publishing aisle at the local newsstand.

We’ve compiled a list of some solid print picks, old and new, large and small, to keep you occupied — at least until next month’s issues… Read More

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Pic of the Day: Get Back in Your Book

Canadian photographer Lissy Laricchia riffs on fairy tales and children’s stories with a photo series depicting “characters who strive to stay in the real world,” with dirty feet and noses stuck in books. She photographs Belle, Alice, Wendy, Harry, and Arora suspended in a mid-air fantasy land, sucked in to their respective titles. The results — pairing ethereal photography with literature — is stunning. Come with us down the rabbit hole after the… Read More

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Are You Au Courant? Get 12 Issues of The Economist for $12

The Economist is setting up Flavorpill readers with 12 issues for just 12 bucks and they’re throwing in free access to The Economist online. With each subscription, you receive unlimited access to the mag’s website, which features news, analysis, editorials, and multimedia components; special reports, covering in-depth analysis on a given country, industry, or hot-button topic; and access to The Economist’s incisive and relevant podcasts.

As an added bonus, we’re hooking up 20 lucky subscribers with a copy of Making Ideas Happen, an inspiring and creative new book by the founder of Behance Network (check out our review here).

Subscribe to The Economist today and you’ll never miss out on the issues.… Read More

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Video of the Day: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (at Wal-Mart)

Commercial photographer Stephen Wilkes spent 24 hours in a New Jersey just to make you watch this video. Actually, no, he took one picture every ten seconds over the course of one day for a nifty time-lapse feature for Fortune magazine. Fortune’s photo editor explains: “The inspiration was to show that Walmart never sleeps… open 24 hours with no real daylight, you have no sense of what time of day it is. We wanted to see what the traffic flow of people coming in and out of the store looks like as a day in the life.” All told, 1,800 of the 8,640 frames Wilkes shot were used and compressed into two minutes of video. Watch the moving version of Andreas Gursky after the jump — and get freaked out over how many consumers still shop at… Read More

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