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Staff Picks: Petite Noir, ‘The Ghost Network,’ and ‘Black Spider Memos’

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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How Would Radiohead’s “Karma Police” Look as a Painting?: Links You Need to See

Summer is finally settling down around us, and the warm weather will probably have you thinking about all the awesome things you want to do, while simultaneously distracting you from actually doing any of it. If one of your goals for something to pretend to be interested in accomplishing this Summer is writing, then you should read these rather educational pretend-letters between Hemingway and Fitzgerald about The Great Gatsby.  … Read More

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Jian Ghomeshi Will Face Two Sexual Assault Trials

Two charges of sexual assault against disgraced Canadian Broadcasting Company radio host Jian Ghomeshi have been dropped — but he’s… Read More

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Owen Wilson Is Quite Often Awestruck: Links You Need to See

Everybody makes mistakes. It’s a part of life. Even self-driving cars make mistakes, apparently, because four of them have been involved in accidents in California. If you fancy yourself an impeccable human driver and are gloating due to the imperfections of machines, check out this essay on why being wrong and screwing up is good for you, and try not to judge this vulnerable new technology so harshly. … Read More

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Flirting with the Victorian, Living in the Future: Links You Need to See

When people bemoan the impersonal, cowardly or even misrepresentative ways we flirt online — and how said flirting is now preferred to in-person flirting — they usually also recall the good old days when the pursuant would address the pursued with an extemporaneous witticism, and the two would share a drink at a candlelit counter, staring into one another’s actual eyes, speaking with their actual mouths. But said recollection just doesn’t speak to everyone’s past experiences. The same romantic cowardice we now hide behind was always present, as Hyperallergic points out, in their gallery of a selection of Victorian escort cards. These absurd cards were used by men who simply didn’t want to have to vocalize the fact that they’d like to flirt/bed/whatever someone.  … Read More

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The Dangers of Spilled Coffee and Sex on the Beach: Links You Need to See

“Juxtaposition” is the word of the day. Take New Jersey and New York. Neighbors? Sure. But if you look closely, says Jon Stewart, they are really “two states, united in one spirit…and that spirit is corruption.” Wait, that’s antithetical to “juxtaposition.” Let’s try a better example: Take the United States and the the United Arab Emirates. A couple was caught having sex on a beach in each country. One couple was just sentenced to three months in jail, although the charges carry a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison “under the strict Muslim laws that govern [the country].” But in the other country — the good old U.S. — the man is facing 15 years, the woman’s fate is in the air, and both will have to register as sex offenders… Read More

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The Middle Finger Rises and McDonald’s Continues to Fall: Links You Need to See

Now that the U.S. Treasury Department has issued licenses to two companies that plan to start a Havana-Miami ferry route, the time is more ripe than ever to read handy lists like how not to be a douchebag to Cuban-Americans (and by extension, Cubans living in Cuba). Just know before you go. And, if you’re thinking, “Nah, I don’t have a passport. I’m not going anywhere,” there’s also a handy list of how to be a human right at home… Read More

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Staff Picks: Natalie Prass, ‘Silicon Valley”s New Woman Engineer, and Will Ferrell as Harry Caray

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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Predicting the Future and Finding the Past on Wikipedia: Links You Need to See

Ten years ago, you might have imagined that in the future, we’d have flying cars or hover boards — instead of selfie sticks and a panoply of other selfie-enabling devices. If this disparity between projected future and actual future continues to baffle you, take a look at this piece examining the fact that science is just very bad — generally — at predicting the future. On the bright side, this means that perhaps we can avoid any Ex Machina-type situations. Keep moving ahead into the future with this piece on how digital storytelling is reviving the ancient practice of gossip. … Read More

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