Pop Culture

Wes Anderson-Influenced Art and Modernity-Influenced ‘Mad Men': Links You Need to See

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Although the feeling of summer bliss is timeless, there are some old-fashioned under-the-sun activities that have been abandoned by us tech-tyrranized millennials. Lest the season pass you by as you write an epic in the form of a text message, check out Mental Floss’s “15 Summertime Activities We Need To Bring Back” to, well, virtually revel in the beauty of the tangible world.
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How ‘Clueless’ Illuminates the Timeless Genius of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’

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A year after Clueless hit screens, which was also about a year after I started seventh grade, I embarked on my first read of Jane Austen’s Emma. Middle school had revealed me to be more hopeless, sartorially speaking, than Tai, and more naive than Cher Horowitz herself — although I’d never have admitted either of these things. Thus, my primary refuge became classic novels, which temporarily distracted me from thornier topics like cliques, loafers, and lip …Read More

Jesse Eisenberg Vehemently Disliked Comic-Con: Links You Need to See

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Are the stars rebelling against the geeks? At Comic-Con, Bryan Cranston came out with a funny — if slightly cruel — response to a typically inane fan question, then the cast of Game of Thrones openly admitted to not reading the books. But Jesse Eisenberg has topped them all. “I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide,” he said, speaking about Comic-Con, which he attended in support of Batman v Superman. “I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent…Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
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Archie Is a Punk Rocker Now in Crossover ‘Archie’/Ramones Comic

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Amidst all the superheroes, anti-superheroes, and stars from a galaxy far far away at this year’s Comic Con, a cross-over Archie and Ramones comic managed to go under the radar. “It’s gonna be a super-fun oversized one-shot, with covers by some truly amazing artists whom I can’t announce just yet,” said writer Alex Segura speaking on Saturday night at the “Comics & Pop Music” panel. “It’s really kinda like a dream come true to be doing this,” he added.
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Not a Pretty Girl: How Women Are Fighting Pop Culture’s Tyranny of Attractiveness

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In the darkly comic Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, our murderous hero, having finally gotten within razor-swinging distance of his mortal enemy, pauses before he avenges several decades of wrongs to sing a rapturous duet called “Pretty Women” with the villain. That is the power of female beauty: it can bring together psychotic rivals, inspire them to put aside their differences and agree that, yeah, good-looking chicks are the best.
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Lena Dunham Introduces a “Goop Meets Grantland” Feminist Newsletter “Where There’s No Such Thing as TMI”

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Lena Dunham and her Girls production partner Jenni Konner are once again collaborating on a project “where there’s no such thing as TMI.” Though, to the delight of many, this project does not involve a Hannah Horvath, a Marnie Michaels, a Jessa Johansson, or a Shoshanna Shapiro. As Buzzfeed reports, it’s a weekly newsletter launching in September called “Lenny,” and is for “an army of like-minded intellectually curious women and the people who love them, who want to bring change but also want to know… where to buy the best tube top for summer that isn’t going to cost your entire paycheck.”
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