Pop Culture

Tavi Covers Reinvented Nylon Magazine

Nylon is a magazine that’s happily in flux. Their new Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Lee, (who has filled the seat of… Read More

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8 Fascinating Secret Societies and Bohemian Clubs

Prolific author, muckraking novelist, and political activist Upton Sinclair’s provocative works (The Jungle, The Brass Check) have taken on a new relevance in today’s society. This weekend marked the enduring author’s birthday. Time once called Sinclair “a man with every gift except humor and silence,” but he must have had a penchant for the comical when he joined a bohemian group known as “The Dill Pickle Club.” This was only one of countless historical clubs and secret societies that played host to freethinking discussions, art and literature appreciation, or just plain weird goings-on. Most people have heard of groups like the Skull and Bones Society‎, but see what you make of these other fascinating… Read More

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Iggy Azalea, Andrew WK, and the Paradox of Authenticity in Pop Music

The question of authenticity in music is one of those debates that surfaces periodically, and it’s raised its scaly head a few times this week. Most notably, it’s manifested in two places: in Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves’ Basilica Soundscape talk on Andrew WK and Lana Del Rey, and the differing standards of authenticity to which she claims they’re held; and in the fact that someone at Billboard thought it was a great idea to get Robert Christgau to review Iggy Azalea’s New Classic, a review in which he compares her to the Beatles, suggests that Tupac’s “flow was never world class,” and holds forth on how Azalea’s authenticity, or lack thereof, matters not a jot. So, who’s right? Do we care about authenticity anymore? The answer, I’d argue, isn’t as simple as either Graves or Christgau wants to argue. … Read More

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Find Out What Kim Cattrall, Gloria Steinem, and President Taft Have in Common: Links You Need to See

You know how people who quote Family Guy all the time kind of… suck? And have become an actual genre of people who suck? Because Family Guy is only ever quoting other things? And people who quote it are thus only ever regurgitating regurgitation, creating such a bilious verbal mess as to make you wish Family Guy never existed, which perhaps Family Guy doesn’t deserve? Well, I’d hate to think such a thing could happen with so dear a show as Arrested Development, and yet here I am, posting this link with quotable Arrested Development moments, because secretly, I want to be loved. So love me, love these quotes, but just don’t abuse them. Otherwise, you know, “you can say goodbye to these.” … 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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Fashion Week Across the Pond: Links You Need To See

Fashion Week has finally vacated the streets of Soho (New York), and now London’s clicking with the Louboutins of a thousand fashion editors. Although London tends to be the kid sister of the Fashion Week cities, Erdem has certainly stolen the show so far, having reverted to his signature florals, thank god. … Read More

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Stream Leonard Cohen’s New Album ‘Popular Problems’ on NPR First Listen

Leonard Cohen turns 80 on September 22, and will be releasing his thirteenth studio album, Popular Problems to commemorate… Read More

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Hear Miley Cyrus’ Surprisingly Good Cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

Here are two musical acts you probably didn’t expect to see mentioned in the same breath: Miley Cyrus debuted… Read More

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