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9 Real-Life Women Who Would END Christian Grey

They just don’t make sadists like they used to. Whereas once we had the Marquis de Sade — whose work is currently the subject of not one but two exhibitions in Paris — the 21st century’s most prominent dominant is Christian friggin’ Grey, the sub-Patrick Bateman protagonist of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy. Grey is to bondage what Robert Pattinson is to vampires, and frankly, it’s hard to imagine his oh-so-mesmeric personality exerting a hold over any but the most basic bitches of BDSM. In deference to Sade, we amused ourselves thinking about some real-life women who would have Grey for breakfast. … Read More

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How Not to Mention ‘American Horror Story’ : Links You Need to See

Because I told myself I wouldn’t talk about [a certain show pertaining to the country I'm currently in and that country's circus performers who might experience and/or engender some horrific stuff] for the rest of the day, I’ll try to get the first two bits about [Below-Canadian Spooky Anecdote: [Politically Incorrect Word] Extravaganza] out quickly. … 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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Uncovering the Mysteries of Sweaters and Broomsticks: Links You Need to See

Makeup news doesn’t get talked about very often, which is a shame, because it’s super-fun and because why the hell not? It washes off. So: in probably the most exciting makeup news of the year, best beauty blog Into The Gloss and founder/editorial director Emily Weiss released Glossier, their back-to-basics makeup line. Which focuses on skincare. I know, right? It’s a combination of the most beautiful things on the internet and IRL and everything ends happily ever after. Refinery29 has the full scoop, so head over there for more details. … Read More

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Pulque, Porn, and David [P]incher: Links You Need to See

You’re probably finding yourselves sobered after a blurry/slurry summer “sleep” by this week’s crisp fall air. And, now that you’re being forced back into reality, here are a few distractions from said reality: … Read More

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Potatoes Aren’t Contraceptives: Links You Need to See

This is an oddly political day, and for that, I apologize. Much to the chagrin of lazy Americans everywhere — but mostly Republicans, heh — the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008. Only 6% of Americans are currently of “unemployed” status. Nearly 248,000 jobs were created last month, too. That’s a lot of jobs. Some would even say that’s close to a quarter-of-a-million jobs. Suddenly it seems like so much more! But then, who wants a “job” job, anyway, when you can spend a month-and-then-some writing while traveling the country on Amtrak? … Read More

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It’s National Poetry Day: Links You Need To See

Everybody, it’s National Poetry Day! What does that mean? Nothing, really, other than that people who probably identify as “definitely uninterested” in poetry — and this is probably most people, sadly — are once again reminded of its existence. So, hey. Here’s a poem by James Schuyler called “The Bluet.” And here is a good not-really-poetry book by Maggie Nelson called “Bluets.” Oh, there’s also a poetry quiz, in case you need to be called back to junior year of high school. Hurrah, poetry exists. Now read it. … Read More

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Auto-Decapitating Babies and Leg-Penises Abound in ‘AHS: Freak Show’ Credits: Links You Need to See

American Horror Story is having a freakishly busy day. Not too long after we wrote a massive dissection of its short first trailer, we got news of the release of the opening credits, which, as usual, tend to trump the quality of the actual show. The titles, using a carnivalesque version of the same credit score the show’s always used, also take some artistic liberties with character portrayals, featuring a performer with a leg for a penis, as well as babies that auto-decapitate and then re-capitate (should be a word). It’s so carnivalesque, in fact, that it might simply make you miss the oh-so-prematuraly cancelled Carnivale.  … 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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