Pop Culture

Year-End Lists Matter, But Endings Are Sad: Links You Should See

No matter how strongly we try to live in the present, man, time keeps slipping into the future. December always rolls around, and when it does, media companies scramble. Not for the same reasons everyone else does — purchasing tickets to visit family, weatherproofing their windows, or organizing holiday dinner menus — but to create lists. Lots and lots of lists. … Read More

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If Health Goth Is a Joke, a ‘New York Times’ Trend Piece Is Its Punchline

It’s a useful rule of thumb that you can tell that a scene is over when the New York Times writes a trend piece about it — which means that, as of yesterday, health goth is officially over. If that were all there was to it, there wouldn’t really be a great deal else to say about it, but health goth is interesting in the respect that it was officially over before it actually began — in other words, it never really progressed beyond being nothing, its signifiers pointing nowhere, its entire existence a sort of Internet in-joke, a conspiracy of pixels for the amusement of a small number of people. … Read More

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Feed the Trolls: Links You Need to See

Trolling on the Internet is one of the world’s newest, most despicable forms of intellectual terrorism. For years, the frequenters of community Facebook pages, A.V. Club comments sections, and general interest message boards have futilely resisted the urge to react to invective spewed from the fingers of hateful trolls. … Read More

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Naked Dresses and Sparkly Beards: Links You Need To See

2014 was an important year for fashion. Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, and Joan Rivers all passed away, leaving enormous voids in the fashion world. Noted anti-Semite John Galliano was appointed as creative director of leading fashion house Maison Martin Margiela… … 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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Poppy Fields, North West’s Wardrobe, and Twin Baby Elephants: Links You Need to See

Even by the standards of a year that’s been singularly depressing, this has been a dismal day for news — between the horrors of the CIA torture report, the ongoing UVA/Rolling Stone debacle and the fact that New Found Glory are releasing a Christmas song, there’s been nothing but misery on the web. Today’s links aren’t all sweetness and light either, but at least there are baby elephants! … Read More

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Sinister Supercriminial Organizations in Pop Culture

We couldn’t be more excited for the new James Bond film Spectre, announced earlier this week, which promises to be a villain-heavy movie. First mentioned in Ian Fleming’s novel series about the super spy, the international criminal organization SPECTRE — which stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion — was made popular in the long-running film series, headed by cat-loving Ernst Stavro Blofeld (first played by Donald Pleasence). Initially, SPECTRE was a way for Fleming to comment on the real-life political chaos happening during his day. “I invented SPECTRE as an international crime organisation which contained elements of SMERSH and the Gestapo and the Mafia — the cosy old Cosa Nostra — which, of course, is a much more elastic fictional device than SMERSH [the Russian version, essentially], which was no fictional device, but the real thing,” he told Playboy in 1964. “But that was really the reason I did it, so as not to rag the Russians too much. But if they go on squeezing off cyanide pistols in people’s faces, I may have to make them cosa mia again.” With supercriminals and all their naughty shenanigans on the brain, we revisited other organizations run by the biggest baddies in pop culture. … Read More

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35 Susan Sontag Quotes on Art, Writing, and Life

Susan Sontag’s prose style captivated readers, and her assertive critical stance never failed to invite controversy. This month marks the tenth anniversary of the author’s passing, and the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag airs on HBO tonight. In honor of both occasions, we revisited her journals and books to find some of Sontag’s most thought-provoking quotes on everything from relationships and art to war and pop… Read More

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Hey, Guess What? The Beatles Never Existed: Links You Need to See

The Fab Four. The Mop-Topped Something-or-Others. Those dudes in the Chelsea boots and trippy band uniforms. Yeah, the Beatles. Guess what? Some folks think they don’t exist. The A.V. Club points out that this is determined by examining discrepancies in height, weight, ears, whatever. The point is, the Beatles weren’t real, and rock ‘n’ roll was created by alien robot simulacra. Apparently, aliens are everywhere anyway. … Read More

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