Pop Culture

Adulthood Isn’t Dead — It’s Just Growing Up

Is adulthood dead in American culture? This morning, the New York Times published a fascinating essay by their film critic, A.O. Scott, arguing that the decline of traditional patriarchal figures in the arts and entertainment has bound what’s left in a sort of perpetual adolescence. (If you’re thinking that you’ve heard people make the exact same argument about society as a whole, you’re not alone.) To his credit, Scott is smart enough — and his argument is nuanced enough — to mostly avoid yelling at clouds. Still, I disagree that pop culture has “killed off all the grown-ups.” In fact, if you look closely, you might find that traditional depictions of adulthood are just being replaced by more realistic ones. That may well involve perpetual adolescence, but it doesn’t have to. … Read More

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Bad Poets of Pop Culture: A Brief Survey

Are you a bad poet? Are your rhymes ridiculous? Your meter mediocre? Your enjambments a joke? Well, take heart, gentle friend: you’re not alone. Some of the best characters in fiction of all kinds also happen to be terrible poets — whether their deficiency is played for laughs (or tears) or whether they’re actually so bad they’re kind of good. Hey, something to aspire to! After the jump, a brief survey of some of the best bad poets in pop culture. Add any favorites missing here to the list in the comments. … Read More

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25 Thought-Provoking Tupac Quotes About Life and Art

He has released more albums and appeared in more films in death than life. In 2012, his image was resurrected as a hologram for a performance at the Coachella Music Festival. And there have been countless “sightings” of the rapper, adding to the mythology that continues to swirl around his too-brief existence. The Guardian called him the “hip hop James Dean.” Tupac Shakur left behind a lyrical legacy that revealed an insight and inner turmoil. Caught between his role as a streetwise prophet and occasionally idealistic poet, the artist is best remembered through his words. … Read More

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Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Joan Rivers, comedy’s mouthiest heroine, died today at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital after a week-long health scare… Read More

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Nude Selfies, Rape Nail Polish, and the Dumb Idea That Women Don’t Deserve Fun

Don’t want people to post your nude selfies on the Internet? Then don’t take ‘em, ladies! For once, that isn’t the prevailing response to the revealing celebrity photos circulating on the Internet, but it’s still one that’s well represented this week, from your irritating acquaintance on Twitter to the Times‘ irritating columnist on Twitter to the most irritating man in the entertainment industry (yes, also on Twitter, although Gervais has since deleted the tweet). I can see why men who have never had to worry about what a leaked dick pic might do to their career would make that argument: No one, celebrity or not, needs to take naked photos and store them on iCloud. Even those of us who don’t judge actresses for pointing cellphone cameras at their bodies have to admit that risqué behavior carries its share of risks. … 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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25 Amazing ‘Ghostbusters’ Tattoos

Cinema’s class of 1984 turned 30 years old this year—and everyone’s favorite fictional parapsychologists are making a smash return at a theatrical reunion this weekend. A remastered 4K version of Ghostbusters has arrived in theaters. Audiences grew up watching Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore, and the rest of the ghostbusting gang, enamored with the film’s special effects, gadgets, and hilarious characters. And the real diehard fans have shown their affection for the supernatural comedy by getting Ghostbusters tattoos. Here are 25 of our favorites. … Read More

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Andrew W.K. — A Philosopher for Our Times

If you’ve not been reading Andrew W.K.’s life advice column at the Village Voice, you’re really missing out. Since the start of the year, he’s been taking weekly questions from fans, and dispensing some fascinating and thoughtful answers. In particular, he’s garnered a great deal of attention for his response to “Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is A Right-Wing Asshole,” wherein he chided the questioner for defining his father as a political viewpoint and not a person. It was rightly lauded, and was also greeted with a measure of surprise: wait, the guy who wrote “Party Hard” also wrote this? The thing is, though, it’s always been worth taking Andrew W.K.’s ideas seriously. And reading through his column again this morning, it struck me: in Andrew W.K., we have a philosopher for these crazy times. … Read More

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The Greatest Ray Bradbury Adaptations

This week marked the birthday of visionary science fiction icon Ray Bradbury. He was dubbed the “Poet of the Pulps” in 1953 for his lyrical style, which lent creditability to a genre that often struggled for legitimacy. With over 600 short stories and 27 novels to his credit, Bradbury’s works have always attracted filmmakers and producers looking for descriptive, emotional, and engaging narratives. We’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites, but feel free to share your own picks, below. … Read More

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Glamorous Women with Surprising Hobbies

Former Bond girl Honor Blackman celebrated her 89th birthday this week. Her most famous character, Pussy Galore, one of 007’s most interesting opponents (depicted as a lesbian in the Ian Fleming novels and the leader of an all-female team of aviators in 1964’s Goldfinger), was riveting to watch in action. Blackman, the oldest actress to play a Bond girl, has always been full of surprises. In the 1960s, she learned Judo for her role as Cathy Gale in The Avengers. Following her role in Goldfinger (by then, an expert in martial arts), she penned a self-defense book for women. Blackman’s proto-feminist beliefs, penchant for strong female characters, and physical prowess in a male-dominated sport eschewed stereotypical notions of women. Here are ten other glamorous female celebrities who excelled in activities and quirky hobbies that surprised the public (often quick to pigeonhole women). … Read More

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