Pop Culture

Supreme Leader Snoke and Supreme Painter Tennessee Williams: Links You Need to See

It’s imperative to begin this links roundup with some some photos of breathtaking bookstores, because this is the internet, on which people write about things that aren’t at all imperative — like looking at photos of breathtaking bookstores — as if they were. Apart from providing listicle opportunities, bookstores (which happen to be “hanging in there” despite the changing technologies behind the act of reading) also contain books, which contain information, likely spanning the history of the entire world. What they might not contain, however, is the otherworldly news of the just-revealed, very very silly name of Andy Serkis’ character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Said very very silly name in question is: Supreme Leader Snoke… Read More

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Staff Picks: ‘Guilty By Suspicion,’ ‘Lunch With a Bigot’ and ‘Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton’

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 recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Clever Artwork Depicts Pop Culture’s Favorite ‘Fictional Food’

Gallery 1988, our favorite showcase for pop culture-inspired art, has struck again. Fictional Food is a new exhibit from G1988 regular Joshua Budich, showcasing some of the most iconic food products in film and television — both wholly invented (Krusty Burgers, Los Pollos Hermanos chicken, Lone Star Beer) and given new cultural immortality (who can hear the word “Chianti” without doing an Anthony Hopkins impression, or ask for a Baby Ruth bar without hearing good ol’ Sloth?). Here are a few of our favorites from the show. … Read More

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$90,000 Instagram Photos and 2,703 Obama Paintings: Links You Need to See

Before delving into matters with any form of subtlety or nuance, perhaps it’s best to start with a shocking extreme — a logical conclusion, really — of the contemporary American condition. Why yes, that IS a burger whose bun is a golden tapestry of french fries. Then, expanding our reach to extremes of a more international order, we have yet another, er, project that’ll leave you wholly unsettled: Richard Prince had an exhibit at Frieze Art Fair for which he took screen caps of other people’s Instagrams (and made alterations only to the captions) — most of which sold for $90,000. The whole thing seems a massive, cruel (but fascinating?) joke on those who try to benefit socially through the modern art of oversharing: the artist appropriates these staged moments of these people’s lives and reaps more than the subjects could ever dream of from them.   … Read More

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Beyond Good and Evil in American Politics: On Rand Paul’s Filibuster

A strange thing happened last week — Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul took to the floor of the Senate for a marathon ten-and-a-half-hour speech, in an attempt to filibuster the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. (OK, it wasn’t technically a filibuster, but still.) He described the Act as “the most unpatriotic of Acts,” which is probably true, but still startling to hear from a member of the GOP, because it was George W. Bush who signed the act into law in the first place. … Read More

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney Theme Parks

One of the Disney parks’ themed lands, Tomorrowland depicts a unique view of the future. “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come,” Walt Disney once remarked. “The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.” The Brad Bird-directed film adaptation of the attraction opened in theaters this weekend. A movie based on a Disney theme park attraction could only be possible due to the level of detail Walt insisted upon when building his fantasy worlds. Here are just a few fun facts about the Disney theme parks that you might not know. … Read More

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Does Tinder Make You Feel as Much Like a Slab of Meat as This Slab of Meat? Links You Need to See

“All good things must come to an end” is a truism that, of late, the film and TV industries have been proving to be a false-ism. Until each and every granule of history and previously made art is plucked from its resting place and forced into contemporary “relevance,” we won’t have to face the fearful idea of…new ideas. And, unfortunately, it’s hard not enjoy a lot of these revisitations. Earlier, we ecstatically reported on the release of new images from the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer Netflix prequel, and, on the very same day, photos of the cast from the remake of the O.J. Simpson trial (okay, that was a real-life event) — aka Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson — were released. Check out Paper‘s comparison of these images of the trial’s new cast members to those of the original cast…right, of real people.  … Read More

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Scrabble Acknowledges the Importance of Vaping: Links You Need to See

The unbelievable things that can happen in a day! First, the Boy Scouts of America have finally admitted that their longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and their national president called for change…mic drop. No, wait. Pick that mic back up — that’s not all. Second, the story of how Kimye got together is different than you think: Kim pursued Kanye. And third, that stickler for proper words, that jerk who never, ever gave you pointz for creative spelling—Scrabble—just added thousands of new words that include slang like “obvs,” “sexting,” “vape” (about which Flavorwire’s Jonathon Sturgeon wrote extensively) and “cazh” (as in “casual”). Now that mic can be dropped. … Read More

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In Praise of Narrative Ambiguity (or, Why You’ll Never “Solve” the ‘Mad Men’ Finale)

A strange thing happened on the Internet this morning: pretty much every news outlet, reputable and otherwise, that has any interest in Mad Men (so all of them, basically) reported that Matthew Weiner had explained the ending to the show’s last episode at a talk with novelist A.M. Homes last night. As an example of the perils of churnalism, it was pretty impressive, because if you watch the video of the event, Weiner does no such thing. Instead, he explains that the end of the show is as ambiguous as it appears: “People are like, ‘Which is it?’ and I’m like, ‘Well, why does it have to be one or the other?'” … Read More

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Will Memes Make Your Flights Safer? Links You Need to See

If you’re on the fence about getting a dog or becoming an organ donor, this heartbreaking PSA from Argentina will make you want to do both—because organs save lives and a dog’s loyalty doesn’t end, even if you die and your organs go to someone else. Between that and this beautiful and delicate video about the life of a honey bee cycle, you may be trying to prevent yourself from crying at your desk. As a preventative measure, watch this in-flight safety video Delta Airlines just released that brings back—wait for it—the Dramatic Chipmunk (along with 24 other memes). Maybe now at least some of us will pay enough attention to know how to inflate that vest in the event of an emergency landing. … Read More

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