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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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10 Transcendentally Campy Figure Skating Routines Performed to Pop Songs

The 2014 Winter Olympics bring complicated feelings: on the one hand, I don’t want to watch because I don’t support Russia’s anti-gay laws. On the other hand: figure skating!!! No other sport mashes together athletic talent and overwhelming camp so nicely, and its biggest stars have been doing it for years. Luckily, there’s YouTube, that great archive of bizarre moments in pop culture, which allows us to revisit some of the wackiest routines in recent figure skating history — the kind that blend grace and pop music to sometimes hilarious results.  … Read More

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A Deconstruction of Love: Mary and Percy Shelley Edition

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Flavorwire is deconstructing a few famous pop-culture romances. Here’s our first effort, on Mary and Percy Shelley.

You know, people present the romance of Mary and Percy Shelley as one of history’s great love stories. Possibly because it involved a sudden elopement, and sudden elopements seem so romantic in theory. But they are often just flat-out crazy in practice. … Read More

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Valentine’s Day-Worthy Art Inspired by the Talking Heads

The fine folks at Land gallery in Portland are celebrating Valentine’s Day with some arty odes to love, inspired by the Talking Heads. If oversized business suits and avant-garde theatrics make your heart swell, the exhibition Love for Sale will call to you. From the Johnny Marr-backed “(Nothing But) Flowers” to the songs from David Byrne’s 1986 film True Stories, directed by the performer, these valentines reference all the greats from the band. Catch a preview of the show in our gallery, then head to the official website for more information. … Read More

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15 Ultra Nerdy Lego Tattoos

They’re just tiny, colorful blocks of plastic, but as of this weekend, they’re Hollywood stars. Who knew a movie about Legos would win such rave reviews? “The Lego Movie is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration,” said the Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey in her review. A 12-year-old Lego champion even gave it a thumbs up. The cult of Lego has exploded in recent years, with minifigs and more making their way onto the flesh of the masses. Here are a few of the nerdiest Lego tattoos that are sure to appeal to your inner toy architect. … 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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Overanalyzing Courtney Love’s Pinterest Account

Courtney Love has quietly been on Pinterest for a year, but her presence on the site has gained some publicity since she opened a new, official YouTube account last week with a video addressing her “Twibel” lawsuit. Accompanying the clip were many, many comments from Love directing us to her Pinterest and unmasking some of the heretofore unclear pieces of Love shorthand and various other linguistic misdirections that seem to plague her communications. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl Commercials of 2014

By almost all accounts (except for those of Seahawks fans, probably), last night’s Super Bowl was one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory. Bruno Mars’ halftime performance hovered slightly above our neutral expectations (his music is bland, but at least his feet can move), and the neon-green accents on the Seahawks uniforms looked kind of cool onscreen. Aside from that, without any power outages or nip slips, it was a pretty bland night (unless, of course, you entertained yourself with Flavorwire’s Official Halftime Show Drinking Game).
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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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