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Robin Wrights and Golden Globe Wrongs: Links You Need to See

Unless you’ve spent the day blissfully ignorant of the dissonant post-awards-show chorus of snark, you know that yesterday, the Golden Globes happened. Amidst everyone commenting on which celebrities did and didn’t deserve a few seconds to thank God/casting agents (and occasionally actually say something meaningful), there have also been people commenting on the commentators. Alessandra Stanley, the New York Times TV writer whose work was subject to a great deal of criticism last year, has written another awkwardly worded article that once again sounds like a snide, subtle belittling of a TV show’s minority main character. Slate author J. Bryan Lowder notes how she seemed to suggest that Transparent won Golden Globes for Best TV Show, Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a TV Show, Comedy or Musical for reasons of “political correctness.” At least we’ll never run out of thinkpieces for as long as she’s writing. … Read More

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Carly Rae Jepsen Is Collaborating with Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid

Carly Rae Jepsen posted some interesting photos on Instagram revealing her collaboration with Ariel Rechtshaid and Dev Hynes of… Read More

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The Weirdest Advice from Vintage Lit

Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami can now add “advice columnist” to his list of credentials. As we mentioned earlier this week, Murakami is launching an advice column on a new website called “Mr. Murakami’s Place” (“Murakami-san no tokoro” in Japanese). The news inspires visions of an old-school Dear Abby column — but with more man-eating cats and Norwegian wood. We expect unusual and eloquent words of wisdom from the postmodern author. Advice columns have dished out some pretty strange tips over the years. We’ve collected a few favorites for your perusal. Share any doozies you love, below. … Read More

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The End of the Charlie Hebdo Manhunt and Joe Sacco’s Cartoon Commentary on Satire: Links You Need to See

Since Wednesday, the Internet has been overrun with coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the subsequent manhunt that ensued. Now that the manhunt has ended with the death of three suspects and an uncertain amount of hostages, it would seem that even more coverage is unnecessary. Maybe it is, but the discussion around satire and free speech — and satire’s place within free speech — is an important and ongoing one. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 2015 Golden Globe Picks and Predictions

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe awards go out Sunday night, and who’re we kidding — we’re all watching for the show (Amy and Tina! Drunken celebrities! Much revelry!) and not really for the awards, which are not only unreliable as Oscar and Emmy prognosticators, but often the result of stargazing and hobnobbing rather than actual critical analysis. But if you are one of the poor souls who keeps track of this stuff, we humbly offer up our picks from the films and television shows on the HFPA ballot — and our very best (sometimes wild!) guesses as to who they’ll actually recognize. … Read More

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Why the ‘Pride’ DVD Cover Isn’t “Gay”: Links You Need to See

Today is no more a day of queer issues than any other, but as I spent my day doing “the internet thing,” I was struck by two articles on BuzzFeedLGBT, one about the subtle erasure of a film’s queerness in its marketing, the other about an entire country seemingly trying to immobilize its entire transgender population: … 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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“The Future” Is Mostly Annoying: Links You Need To See

Our new year is officially six days old. This means that at least half of the resolutions to lose weight this year have probably been dead for about three days, and in approximately three months your annoying friend or relative is going to make a biting comment about your unmet goals. But what if you could wear that annoying friend or relative around your waist? This man has developed a belt that can “offer suggestions” about when it’s time to shed a few pounds by tracking your waistline, so now you and your friends and your belt can scold your disappointed reflection in the mirror. Of course, it’s hard to imagine any scenario involving these belts that doesn’t end with them being smashed with a hammer. … Read More

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Let 2015 Be the Year the Female Fuckup Goes Mainstream

Daily on the Internet, thousands of fans profess undying love for Broad City‘s jolly fuckup stoners, Abbi and Ilana. Needless to say, the show’s newfound worshipers who see themselves in its hard-luck heroines aren’t actually all dedicated potheads, nor do they struggle in basic life functions as adorably as those two do. In fact, some of them probably wouldn’t know a joint if it hit them in the face. Similarly, for humanity’s sake, let us hope that the fans who claim self-recognition in other hot comedies about women are not all as narcissistic, incompetent, and cruelty-prone as the girls on Girls or Transparent. … Read More

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Spider Dresses and Empty Puppy Promises: Links You Need to See

Let’s talk about personal space. Personally, I think anyone wearing this robo-spider dress should just be left alone. For that reason, it’d probably be useful at parties. People could kiss the idea of unwanted suitors goodbye if robo-spider clothing ever became available to the public, because it’s pretty easy to distinguish between a metallic arachnid “come hither” and “back off.” … Read More

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