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Will Grindr Work in the World’s First Underwater City? : Links You Need to See

Oh, the questions a day of staring at the Internet stirs. While on the one hand it may be selfish to burden you with these questions, on the other, I’ve never been one for censorship. Anything can, possibly, be meaningful to someone, so who am I to withhold (subjectively) thought-provoking information about, say, Zac Efron masturbating from the general public? As Deleuze said, “Si vous êtes pris dans le rêve de [M. Efron], vous êtez foutus.” So clearly it meant something to him. … Read More

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Mike Nichols Was a Musical Genius, Too: Links You Should See

Yesterday, November 19, acclaimed filmmaker, director of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?The Graduate, and so many more, passed away. He was 83. He lead the life of about two 83-year-olds. The genius of his films is well known, but the way he uses music — aside from the indelible soundtrack of The Graduate — is so often overlooked. … Read More

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That Lana Del Rey/Eli Roth Rape Scene, Discussed

Editor’s note: This is a conversation between our staffers on the disturbing Eli Roth/Marilyn Manson/Lana Del Rey video that surfaced this morning, which Manson’s representatives claim he had no part in. As can be expected, it contains graphic content. … Read More

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Some Dad Jokes Are Darker — and More Political — Than Others

Yes, dads are having a moment. But after reading Anna North’s recent New York Times post, “What it Means to Be a ‘Dad’” — as well as many of the pieces it cites — I can’t shake the feeling that much of this dad stuff is lumped together injudiciously. It’s not all the same.

What I mean is that there are two distinct approaches to the “dad phenomenon” at work, and they are not mutually inclusive. … Read More

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Grannies Smoke Weed While Grapples Repel Birds: Links You Need to See

The Internet is all about syntheses — this post, for example, promises to be a synthesis of dizzyingly unrelated materials from other websites, rendered marginally cohesive only by their proximity to one another herein. What better a place to talk, then, about the Grapple, the newest unnecessary synthesis of two fruits? Now, I’ve fallen victim to the homey allure of apple pie gum and the near-erotic delight of a Gusher or two (they still exist)! I’ve even had highly conflicting feelings about genetically engineered products. But one thing that somehow seems like the end of the world is the “Grapple,” on which Munchies has made a lengthy video. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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Undermining Traditions, from Objectification to Turkey Dinner: Links You Need To See

The great Lindy West — one of the voices that rises above the chatter of the crowd with essays that are to the point — has a piece at the Daily Dot that is a punch to the gut of misogynists and purported “nice guys” alike. The ironically clickbait-y title—”The One Basic Thing Men Still Don’t Seem to Understand About Women“—disguises a super-simple premise: “women are people.” That’s the thing that men often don’t understand. An excerpt: … Read More

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2014′s Word of the Year, Vape, Is Ridiculous — So Let’s Change Its Meaning

My initial reaction after hearing that the Oxford Dictionaries have chosen “vape” as its word of the year for 2014: this is dumb as hell. Why, I thought, do they always have to cull the word of the year from techno-cultural fads and chat room gibberish? And as a word of the year, vape is without question a thoroughly British selection: both the sound of the word and its action come across as unduly Victorian and literally steampunk. But the obvious problem with “vape” as a word of the year selection is that it may have a short lifespan. E-cigarettes are increasingly banned in cosmopolitan areas, even if their prohibition is hasty and ill-founded. So vape is in danger of becoming a “word of the year” in the sense that, having vanished, it may be uniquely tied to the year 2014 as a kind of period piece. How long before “vape” vapes? Its usage is already in decline after peaking in April. … Read More

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Carrie Bradshaw Brings Chaos, Confusion and “Zsa Zsa Zsu” to Tinder: Links You Need To See

It’s winter, which means more excuses to stay inside and cuddle up with a book. Refinery29 has a great list of the books from your childhood you need to revisit, including Zlata’s Diary, which I read while in junior high and which captivated me; From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, which inspired nightly dreams of running away and moving into a museum; and Running Out of Time, which, as the article’s author Laura le Vine notes, “was The Village before M. Night Shyamalan ruined the concept.” If you were a book nerd as a kid, this piece will make you want to read all your old favorites again. … Read More

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The Ugly Sweaters You’d Actually Wear

We have grandmothers and the 1980s to thank for the sullied reputation of Fair Isle sweaters everywhere. Nicknamed the “ugly sweater,” which also encompasses those awful 3-D sweaters with dangling jingle bells and other holiday ephemera, our ironically inclined culture has had an obsession for gaudy knitwear lately. Pop culture purveyors have been dressing up the ugly sweater, transforming an item of embarrassment into something we’d actually wear. We’ve collected a few fantastic ugly sweaters that are sure to be conversation starters at the dinner table this holiday. … Read More

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