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The Flavorwire Podcast: Viva La Tomlinaissance!

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The Flavorwire podcast returns after an unscheduled break due to your host being, um, well, unable to speak. Respiratory infections are the worst! But we’re back, and we’re discussing Taylor Swift’s parade of prominent female BFFs, the highest paid actors in Hollywood and on TV, and why we hope everyone is enjoying the Tomlinaissance as much as we are. Click through to listen, download and/or subscribe!
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For Love of an Author: The Value of Being a Completist

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I finished reading Jane Austen’s major works (and unfinished novels) in ninth grade, with Mansfield Park, and thereby officially became a completist, although I later read more of her juvenilia and claimed that title more firmly. Being a completist, or a near-completist, was nothing new to me then, coming towards the end of the era of full-on immersive early-teen reading.
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Adele Returns: Links You Need to See

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After the four-year gap between now and 21, you may have found the lyrics “Never mind I’ll find someone like you” seeming like a necessary mantra as you desperately poured through the works of lesser, belting British pop musicians.
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6 of the Worst Rape Culture Tropes, From ‘Asking For It’ Author Kate Harding

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Kate Harding’s Asking For It is a smart, witty summation of many of the issues we talk about at Flavorwire, from high-profile cases like Bill Cosby and Dominique Strauss-Kahn to depictions of rape and torture on TV to the over-hyped specter of false rape accusations and panic over date rape on campus to convicted rapist Mike Tyson playing a sexual abuse victim on Law and Order: SVU.
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The Only Good Binary Is an Exploded Binary

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There’s been a ruffling of feathers in England over the results of a recent British survey, which asked a bunch of respondents to plot their sexuality somewhere along the Kinsey scale. Less than half the respondents — 46%, to be precise — between the ages of 18 and 24 defined themselves as exclusively heterosexual, leading to hand-wringing headlines proclaiming that “1 in 2 young Britons say they aren’t heterosexual.”
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Miley Cyrus Disguises Herself as an Australian Reporter to Ask People What They Think of Miley Cyrus

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Jimmy Kimmel Live, perhaps more than any other late night show, is known for bringing celebrities into a variety of pranks and games, and last night’s was pretty peerless: in anticipation of Miley Cyrus’ VMAs hosting gig, the show had the pop-star go incognito as an Australian reporter named Janet to ask pedestrians what they think of…Miley Cyrus.
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Robert Pattinson to Play an Astronaut in Zadie Smith’s Sci-Fi Movie: Links You Need to See

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The headline above is not an excerpt from a MadLib. It was first announced a couple months ago that Zadie Smith was writing a sci-fi movie with director Claire Denis, and it turns out you can now say this bizarre sentence truthfully: A Zadie Smith-written sci-fi film will star Robert Pattinson as an astronaut who’s journeyed beyond our solar system “in a future that seems like our present.”
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