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Today in Pugs and Severed Heads: Links You Need To See

I’ve not read the regional online magazine The Bitter Southerner before, which makes sense considering I’m Californian. But one thing Californians and Southerners have in common is a deep, abiding love of dogs, so of course I clicked through when someone linked to a story about Carolina dogs in the magazine. The long essay by Southern sportswriter Cy Brown describes the author’s discovery that his dog, Penny, is a “Carolina Dog,” a type of primitive breed and the only dog native to North America. If you’re a dog lover, a history aficionado, or a Southerner, you need to read “A Carolina Dog.” … Read More

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2014 Was — Secretly — the Year of the Jewish Woman

Jewish women have generally done well in America. From Emma Goldman to Erica Jong, Susan Sontag to Pink, they have broadened our cultural horizons. Sure, they are often portrayed in the media as JAPs (Jewish-American Princesses), like Cher in Clueless and Fran on The Nanny — or else, god help us, as the overbearing mother or background sister to a creep like Portnoy. But who isn’t stereotyped on the big screen? At such a tiny percentage of the population, it’s impressive Jewish women make an impact at all.

2014 has been different, though. 2014 was the year that Jewish women got their hands on the wheel – not the mainstream-media wheel, exactly, but still, the wheel of a perfectly functional, increasingly visible car — and drove off in a new direction, with all the exhilaration (but, thankfully, none of the impending doom) of Thelma and Louise, as Harvey Keitel’s police investigator / audience surrogate Hal cheered them on. (Geena Davis: possibly Jewish!) … Read More

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All I Want for Christmas Is You: Links You Need To See

All right, let’s start with the best news ever: it is officially Christmastime. No one can argue that with the dawn of December come actually welcomed Christmas carols, enthusiastic holiday-themed front lawns, hot apple cider, copious weight gain, and–most importantly–Mariah Carey. … Read More

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Looking For Art’s Response to “The Challenge of Our Times”? You’ll Find It in Mainstream Pop Culture

“We are in the midst of hard times now, and it feels as if art is failing us,” writes New York Times film and cultural critic A.O. Scott in a piece titled, “Is Our Art Equal to the Challenges of Our Times?” His essay, bemoaning a lack of contemporary Great Social Art, laments the absence of Dickenses and Steinbecks, the Zolas and Arthur Millers of yesteryear, even as it introduces a roundtable about art and current affairs featuring artists as diverse as J. Cole, Patricia Lockwood, David Simon, and Ken Burns. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

It’s that time of year again: the season of the holiday gift guide. And in keeping with tradition, if you’re looking for a present for that special cultural icon of yours (or just someone who reminds you of a certain famous face), Flavorwire has you covered. Here are our gift recommendations for some of the year’s biggest names in culture, whether they be naughty, nice, or lurking somewhere in… Read More

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Movember-Worthy Mustache Merch For All Year Round

The month of November, otherwise known as “Movember,” is coming to a close — but that doesn’t mean you can’t support this great cause all year. Movember aims to raise awareness about men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, by encouraging people to grow a mustache and participate in charitable events. As fans of all things mustache, we’ve gathered some fun mustachioed pieces of merch that are sure to keep Movember on your mind (and hopefully on your upper lip) in the coming months. … Read More

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Reverse SAD: 10 Works of Art That Celebrate Winter

I feel for people with seasonal affective disorder. I really do. And I can sympathize, too, because as soon as spring turns into summer, as the air gets muggy and heat gets oppressive and the big comforter is consigned to the closet for another year, I get reverse SAD. I really do. If you’re like me, this time of year is like waking from a shitty night’s sleep in a room that’s too hot to get comfortable to find that a cool change has finally come — it’s like you can function again, like the brisk wind has blown away a fug of depression and fatigue. And look, even if you don’t feel this way, there’s a lot to like about winter, and many of our greatest artists have done a wonderful job of capturing the mood of this time of year. … Read More

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20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

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