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Cindy Sherman Emojis, Apple Watches, and Ireland’s One-Day Legalization of Ecstasy and Ketamine: Links You Need To See

Vanessa Bayer is once again flexing her formidable PR skills as Above Average‘s Janessa Slater, and this time she has some “Sound Advice” for Sleater-Kinney. Slater (not to be confused with Sleater) advises the band to do things like carry forth Susan B. Anthony’s famous message: “Be a girl, get dressed up, be pretty.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s faces as they discuss the technicalities of indecent exposure and whether or not men should be buying women lobster dinners. … Read More

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Michael Kenneth Williams Will Be the Star of ‘The Spoils Before Dying’

The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams has been announced as the star of the Funny or Die-produced The Spoils Before Dying, IFC’s follow… Read More

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Waiting for the End of the World: ‘Fallout’ and the Lure of the Apocalypse

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been obsessed with the Fallout series of video games. This isn’t an unusual development in and of itself — I have the sort of personality that dictates that if I like a book or a film or a game, I want to immerse myself in it 24/7 and read everything about it. And the Fallout games are great. They’re prime examples of why video games can be compelling art, four consecutive masterpieces of storytelling and world-building. But the strange thing is this: I’ve found myself starting to look forward to my forays into the Fallout world, not just to advance the plot or increase my character’s level or something, but as a sort of alternative world into which I can escape from this one. … Read More

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Words of Wisdom From Haiku and John Oliver: Links You Need to See

Daylight Saving Time has returned to rob us of our coveted hour of sleep for no apparent reason and unify us in fatigue and crankiness. But the Nacho Punch comedy group appreciates how precious our time is to us and has decided to do something about it. In this dramatic film we see a group of heroes embarking on what’ll surely be classified as the greatest mission in the history of humanity: getting our lost hour back and returning us to our original sleep cycles. Wish them well. … Read More

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LARPing ‘Hamlet': Links You Need to See

Perhaps it’s best to get the bad news out of the way first: you may not have known, but Earth is currently home to an Art Selfie museum, called Art In Island. To be clear, it is not a museum of artistic selfies, nor is it a museum collecting art selfies and recontextualizing them as pure art: it is a museum that generates art selfies; it’s full of 3D art made for this sole purpose. … Read More

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Taylor Swift Lies “Across the Narrow Sea”: Links You Need to See

“Alfred, fire up my private jet,” I would say in a world where all of my dreams were coming true at once: butler, private jet, castle, unlimited funds for an MFA program. But it turns out that most people with private jets actually just want to fly to…New York? Great. I’m already here, and it’s snowing in March. The New York draw, CNN explains, has to do with “Russian business owners mixing business with pleasure.” Indeed. … Read More

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Dragonballs, Conan, and Kanye: Links You Need to See

The thing about nostalgia is that it’s awful even though it’s great, just like any other drug. If nostalgia is properly harnessed and turned into a ripe piece of culture fruit, I can’t resist eating it. Which is why, more than a decade after Dragonball Z made me late for daily football practice, this professional, fan-made clip for a new live action Dragonball Z movie is forcing me to reassess my embargo on anime. … Read More

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Staff Picks: ‘Wild Tales,’ Ben Seretan and Cronenbergian Toilet Trauma

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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A Report From the Exorcism and Levitation of Brooklyn’s New Vice Media Headquarters

Employees of Vice Media gathered in the atrium of their Williamsburg office on Tuesday afternoon and pointed their phone-cameras out the front door as a group stood on the sidewalk chanting, “Out, demons, out.” Led by jazz-pranksters Talibam!, a group of almost three dozen followed the procedures of the exorcism, overseen by keyboardist Matt Mottel. “Out, demons, out,” the assembled continued to chant, as the snow fell harder and faster. Small children beat on drums, and noise came from an electric guitar, a harmonica, and hand percussion. A man in a ski mask and blue crash helmet (topped with a cone of insulation foam) pierced the din by fairly expertly playing a balloon. The noise, in turn, triggered a car alarm, which bleated and flashed in sympathy with the oppressed. Almost everyone on both sides of the glass seemed to be documenting the event. … Read More

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