Pop Culture

Chernobyl and Its Radiant Creative Culture Lures New Yorkers

It started with a Geiger counter. Just as the Girls tour of Greenpoint generated buzz about that secluded, environmental hazard-plagued, northern nook of Brook, the Chernobyl Diaries tour of Chernobyl has already begun generating excitement and lifting the stigma surrounding the abandoned nuclear power plant and its environs. As they may or may not say in real estate, “it was only a matter of time.” … Read More

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Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea Croon the Virtues of Being Attractive in New Track, “Pretty Girls”

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have joined blonde forces to release “Pretty Girls,” a glitzy and bouncy new track… Read More

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Faking Your Way Through High Art: Links You Need To See

The success of the Internet has been dependent upon the fact that we all read the Internet to pretend that we know more about all the things that we actually know nothing about. It’s the same as skimming the Times for headlines or, I don’t know, looking at your 2002-era RSS feed for 175 words about something that you don’t care about but that you know will be talked about around the water cooler, or the stapler, or Stacey’s birthday cake that nobody wants to eat while other people are in the room. … Read More

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Urns, Earnings and Christina Ricci’s BQE-Adjacent Apartment: Links You Need to See

Hillary Clinton has her first real competition: Bernie Sanders just announced his candidacy for the Democratic party presidential primaries, and the 73-year-old independent senator said he’s vowed to make fighting income inequality a key tenet of his platform. “What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels,” Sanders said. “This is a rigged economy, which works for the rich and the powerful, and is not working for ordinary Americans…You know, this country just does not belong to a handful of billionaires.” Sure, but I wonder how Clinton and Sanders stack against each other in Bing’s #HowOldRobot? … Read More

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Coyotes Run Rampant and Shakespeare Gets Gamified: Links You Need To See

So much of what we see and react to through the screens in our hands and on our desks is based on the Real World — like, the place your feet touch the ground and everything. So, let’s talk about that. Coyotes’ feet are (again) touching the ground in the real world of New York City, believe it or not. It’s funny, the hysterics people exhibit when faced with the possibility of a — gasp! — coyote in their city. This really is the city built as a sanctuary from the real (read: natural) world, I guess. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Kristen Stewart, Xavier Dolan, and a “Soft Dick Rock” T-Shirt

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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Make Way for Sort-of-Invisibility Cloaks and Selfie Arms: Links You Need to See

Calling all Harry Potter fans: science is coming close innovating a real invisibility cloak — well, sort of, if you count merely not being able to see yourself as being “invisible.” Fortunately, science is also compensating for the underwhelming, not-quite-invisibility cloak with this equation that will tell you how many pizzas you should order when you go out. … Read More

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Braving ‘Full House’ Marathons and Finding Miyazaki’s Easter Eggs: Links You Need to See

Spring has finally arrived, and if you’re still afraid to/skeptical about going outside, you can celebrate the thawing of what seemed to be a never-ending winter with these beautiful aerial photographs taken from a hot-air balloon. If you’d prefer to wander city streets (still, from within your computer), check out these anonymous artistic characters adorning the roads of Chicago, Barcelona and London. Finish off your virtual tour of the mindlessly breathtaking with these stunning videos of Antarctica’s landscape. … Read More

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The Winehouse Family Issues Statement Against the Upcoming Documentary, ‘Amy’

With the upcoming Amy Winehouse documentary Amy set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the Winehouse family has released a statement —… Read More

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Stephen Hawking Gives Scientifically Optimistic Speech About Zayn’s Participation in 1D

1D fans have, since Zayn Malik’s very early retirement from his beloved boy band, been worried that 1D might start… Read More

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