Marcus Hunter

Student of Columbia University (Columbia College, '15), writer, aesthete, deconstructionist.

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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 each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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Butter-Baked Bigotry: Why Paula Deen’s Racism Matters

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Paula Deen, whose clout exceeds her work as a chef, restaurateur, and celebrity on The Food Network, is known to be as warm in personality — with her hearty laugh and warm, southern drawl — as the rich, gooey, southern food she’s known to cook, supposedly making the air around her as light as the batter with which she proudly coats her catfish and fried chicken. With the personality Deen’s cultivated for herself, some might be surprised to find that the down-home culinary goddess, as American as she is genteel, is a racist down to her southern-fried, butter-baked core.
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Flavorwire’s All-Time Favorite Summer Concerts

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A good concert experience isn’t hard to come by, especially for a devout music lover, but there’s something truly special about a good concert in the summertime. We shed layers as our good moods rise with the temperature, letting the truly sublime pervade the aeon. As a tribute to the perfect season for concert-viewing, we present a list of our favorite summer concerts to evoke our nostalgia for the festivals of years past. Come be nostalgic with us, and share your favorite summer concert experiences in the comments.
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The Code Behind the Kitty: Unpacking the Racist Myth of the Siamese Cat

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The Internet loves nothing more than cats, but it’s rare that we look beyond the cute photos and memes to more seriously consider their place in our world. Flavorwire’s Highbrow Cat Week is an attempt to remedy that, with a series of pieces devoted to analyzing their impact on the cultural realm.

The Siamese cat, as canonical as it is controversial, has developed a legacy in American cinema for embodying undeniably racist stereotypes about Asians and Asian Americans — most notably through the Siamese duo Si and Am of Lady and the Tramp, often cited as one of the most racist cartoon characters ever depicted on film.
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Two Liberal Gay Couples With a Side of White Supremacy, Please

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Where openly gay couples on network television were once a novelty, it seems as if their portrayal in television is now en vogue — mainstream, “modern,” and “normal” you could even say. Sitcoms Modern Family and the recently canceled The New Normal both testify to this. They’ve both been noted for their depictions of gay characters, which are generally positive inasmuch as they are long overdue, gaining relevance and merit on the backs of a Supreme Court Trial for marriage equality, the once sexually exclusive Boy Scouts of America now allowing gays to openly join their ranks, among a host of other large and small feats trending towards a more inclusive society. But while this is great in theory, it’s not so much in practice.
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Beautiful Conceptual Still-Life Photographs of Food Cut in Half

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Beth Galton is a still-life food photographer based out of New York City with some pretty incredible work. Her conceptual series entitled Cut Food is a visual marvel, featuring exquisitely detailed images of everything from ramen noodles to ice cream, shown severed down the middle in high-definition telephoto clarity. Even the food’s fluid elements, like mustard drizzling down a corn dog or milk mixing in coffee, appears to be frozen in midair, almost as if by magic. Treat yourself to these wonderful pieces, along with the rest of Galton’s work featured on her website.
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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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Need a cultural pick-me-up to get you through the rest of this week? The Flavorwire team has you covered, with our list of favorite cultural things we’ve enjoyed in the past seven days to keep us–and hopefull you–culturally stimulated. Tell us what you’ve enjoyed in the comments below, and treat yourself to some engaging artistic and intellectual fare.
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