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Johnny Depp Doesn’t Even Like Chocolate: Links You Need to See

Classical guitar plays. The wind blows. The leaves in the nearby trees whisper to you, “Johnny, Johnny, Johnny.” You take a look at yourself in the mirror; you are Juliette Binoche. You open a nearby tin, its surface embossed with criss-crossed candy canes. Inside, chocolate. Brittles, bordeaux, truffles, and butterchews. All so sumptuous, so sweet, so rich. You, Juliette Binoche, pick up a chocolate. You consider it, the way its surface melds to your fingers, bent by the heat of your touch. You bite, and you remember: Johnny Depp doesn’t even like chocolate. … Read More

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Being Fired From Hot Topic Made Me Stop Caring About Being “Alternative”

There’s nothing more professionally demoralizing than a group job interview — except maybe a group job interview at Hot Topic. Sitting on the concrete floor of my local Hot Topic’s back room, I wondered if my scuffed Chuck Taylors, bootcut black jeans, Bowie button, black plastic glasses, and vintage Weezer T-shirt — featuring what appeared to be a Daniel Clowes drawing of two female superheroes — would be “alt” enough. At the time I had no unnatural piercings, no gauges, no tattoos, no dye in my hair. I was a high school valedictorian who’d faced only two run-ins with the cops, once for absentmindedly blowing past a stop sign on the side of a school bus and once in front of my house because the cop was confused why someone would be blasting Brand New on a quiet street at that time of night. (On the latter occasion, my parents were too busy playing Toe Jam and Earl on my old Sega Genesis in their bedroom to hear the police loudspeaker and save me.) … Read More

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Meet Godzilla, Tourism Ambassador: Links You Need to See

After almost two decades of clothing ads that could have classified as  shocking, pornographic and exploitative, American Apparel finally decided to do something about it: replacing objectified models with an adorable sloth (along with, of course, getting rid of CEO Dov Charney)! The sloth is a 23-year old, three-fingered Bradypus named Buttercup, who was orphaned as an infant and then became the face of a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica. Questions now arise, like does Buttercup have an H1B or O1 visa? Did they photoshop Buttercup’s face? What’ll come of this campaign should Buttercup fail to fit into one-small-size-fits-all styles?  … Read More

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How a New Wave of Feminist Cooking Publications Is Redefining Women’s Relationship to Food

“Goddess” and “beer” aren’t two words we’re used to seeing together; the beer companies have told us for decades that women are just a backdrop to beer enjoyment and beer making. (Even though that stereotype is further from the truth than you might think: according to the Brewer’s Association, the craft beer market is about 30 percent women.) But a timeline in Render Magazine’s second issue takes it easy on our Clydesdale-and-male-soaked unconscious. The “Goddesses of Beer” timeline is filled with kitschy and playful drawings of ladies with rosy cheeks, but beneath those cute drawings, there’s a powerful statement: women have always been brewmasters, as early as 1800 BC and even throughout the thirteenth century when strict restrictions were put on alewives once brewing moved from the house to the taverns — a woman could only be a brewmaster if her husband held the license. … Read More

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The Apple Watch Has Eaten the Internet: Links You Need to See

You could be reading this on your wrist right now. You’re probably not, but you could be, because the Apple Watch is real, and so wearable technology has finally poked its weird, tiny head into the mainstream. And boy does the mainstream seem to enjoy it.  … Read More

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Staff Picks: Kelly Link, Chapbooks and ‘The Americans’ as Self-Help

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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Shakespeare’s Sonnets Become Short Films: Links You Need to See

Anyone with an artistically gifted friend may find themselves experiencing a familiar twinge of jealousy any time they watch them passionately pour themselves into their chosen medium, but this Kickstarter is going to change that: merely donate five dollars and you’ll become the subject of an art show, made with your data. Of course, one of the main rules of making art is that good artists steal and build on the works of others: this artist might have adhered to that principle a little too literally (as a former counterfeiter), but the Sonnet Project — whose goal is to create a short film for each of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each filmed in a different NYC location — is a perfect and legal example of this rule. … Read More

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Todd Terje Releases Gleefully Weird “Alfonso Muskedunder” Video

Todd Terje has just released the delightful video for his similarly ebullient tune “Alfonso Muskedunder” (off 2014’s It’s Album Time). The video is… Read More

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A 20-Year-Old Wrote “Bitch Better Have My Money”: Links You Need to See

Do you love the peace and quiet of your bedroom? Do you enjoy the contained serenity that comes from a day spent watching Netflix? Do you shudder in horror at the thought of setting foot outside, where there are people and places and things? If all (or any) of this applies, then this essay on “the perks of being a shut-in” is for you. Even our crops are realizing fresh air is highly overrated. Besides: who wants to venture out when there are mysterious smoke rings appearing the sky? Were they placed there by the government? Dragons? Aliens? Who knows. You’re better cozied up with your laptop in the relative safety and comfort of your home (unless said laptop coziness involves watching porn, because apparently that’s not a private activity at all). … Read More

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Will Grover Sit in the Iron Throne? ‘Game of Thrones’ Meets ‘Sesame Street’


After their memorable House of Cards parody, Sesame Street has once again taken on a very adult series about… Read More

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