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Gavin McInnes, Thought Catalog, and Our Gross Misunderstanding of “Freedom of Speech”

Poor Gavin McInnes, out of a job again for being an asshole. The Vice co-founder has only himself to blame — he was fired from Rooster, the agency he helped found, for publishing his already notorious “Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural” column on Thought Catalog last week. McInnes has long been insufferable, and it’s a measure of how far his standing has fallen that he’s been reduced to publishing his rants on a website whose entire premise for existence is that it’ll publish any old shit. Oh, yes, and on Thought Catalog, too! Anyway, predictably enough, McInnes’ defenders have wheeled out arguments about free speech, as if it’s poor old Gav who’s being oppressed here. … 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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Introducing Flavorwire’s Boomer Audit Week: Why We Need to Reevaluate Past Generations’ Classics

The 1960s. Dear god. It’s both remarkable and somewhat depressing to think about the continuing prevalence of 1960s mythology today — albums recorded during that decade are regularly presented to us as the Greatest Ever Made, films as the most influential ever shot, and so on. One can’t imagine that in the 1960s, the 1910s were presented as culture’s high watermark. So why the enduring talk of the 1960s today? … Read More

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Pop Culture’s Most Fashionable Vampires

Jim Jarmusch’s sublime meditation on the vampire myth arrives on Blu-ray August 19. Only Lovers Left Alive unites Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as centuries-old lovers, Adam and Eve, who feast on the finest art, literature, music, and, naturally, blood. But Jarmusch’s movie is hardly a traditional tale of the undead. As our own Judy Berman wrote of the film: … Read More

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25 of the Greatest Madonna-isms

What do you give to the woman who has it all for her birthday? Respect was the best answer we came up with, which is why we’re honoring Madonna’s 56th with some of her greatest quotes. The silver-tongued Queen of Pop kicked off the festivities on her Instagram (where she continues to remind us that it’s great not giving a shit) with a revealing photo from her early platinum blonde days. Always the provocateur, Madge’s most shocking moments often had little to do with what she was wearing (or not), but rather the things she said. Here are Madonna’s greatest Madonna-isms — utterances that only she could get away with. … Read More

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Robin Williams and the Myth of “Battling” Depression

I don’t really have a great deal to say about Robin Williams’ death, beyond the obvious: it’s tragic, and awful, and I feel terrible for his family and friends and everyone else who knew him. Two people I knew — both friends, at different stages of my life — have killed themselves in the last month, and the feeling is the same: sadness, and a measure of bewilderment, and sympathy, and loss. Suicide is an act that makes perfect, terrifying sense if you’re suicidal, and no sense at all if you’re not. If you don’t understand why someone would kill themselves, I’m happy for you, and I hope that you never do. … Read More

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Electric Zoo’s “The Molly” PSA Won’t Stop Drug Use at EDM Festivals — But It’s Still Better Than “Just Say No”

About this time last year, the final day of New York’s Electric Zoo was canceled after two people died at the festival. Clearly, avoiding any repeat of the whole sorry business is paramount for the festival and its organizers, so this week they released the centerpiece of this year’s attempts to stop people from taking MDMA at Electric Zoo — a two-minute PSA called “The Molly,” which attendees are all required to watch before their wristband is activated. Will it work? No, of course it won’t. When has telling kids “don’t do drugs” ever stopped kids from doing drugs? But still, it’s worth discussing the way it portrays the Evils Of Drugs. … 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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Fascinating Female Occultists

Counterculture icon and essential figure in the early postwar Los Angeles art scene, Marjorie Cameron is the subject of an upcoming retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman opens October 11 and will feature over 90 artworks and ephemeral artifacts, including correspondence with husband and occult mentor, the engineer and Thelemite Jack Parsons. “Her hallucinated vision, at the edge of surrealism and psychedelia embodies an aspect of modernity that deeply doubts and defies Cartesian logic at a moment in history when these values have shown their own limitations. Her work demonstrates that the space in the mind is without limit,” states MOCA Director Philippe Vergne. The exhibition offers a rare look at the life and work of a female occult practitioner — too frequently depicted as mere muse or lunatic, even though female-centric mysticism has existed for thousands of years. Here are a few other female occultists who deserve mention. … Read More

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35 Incredible ‘Twin Peaks’ Tattoos

This week saw the release of the complete Twin Peaks series on Blu-ray — just in time for the show’s 25th anniversary in April 2015. Lynch mania has been at an all-time high for the past several years, and rumors continue to swirl about a new movie. But in the meantime, there’s something incredibly dark and dreamy about Lynch’s TV series that continues to draw people in — and ink themselves in the ultimate act of fandom. We searched high and low to find some of the finest Twin Peaks-inspired… Read More

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