‘The Affair’ Season 1 Final Recap: “10”

This week on The Affair: we are all done! And Whitney, that truth-teller, sums up the series like so: “Were you screwing my dad? Why? He’s so old and your husband’s so hot.” This is also the week when the he-said/she-said memory games that made sense in the context of characters telling a detective different stories officially revealed themselves to just plain make no sense at all (although here’s creator Sarah Treem’s perspective on it) — they’re loose enough that it’s hard not to think of Noah’s cockamamie perspective as his shitty, shitty novel. Moral of this show: May Maura Tierney get all the Emmys. … Read More

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Beautiful Pastry Shops Around the World

Desserts aren’t just delicious. They’re a sensory experience meant to be savored with every bite. The perfect pâtisserie offers more than just sweets. Bakers and food artisans have known for eons that nothing excites our palettes more than beautiful surroundings filled with delicious treats that tempt our eyes before our tummies. We traveled around the world to bring you some of the most beautiful pastry shops, where delighting in a decadent dessert is an art. … Read More

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Essential Cuban Films You Should Know

This week, President Obama’s lift of the 54-year-long American trade embargo against Cuba — which would ease restrictions on travel and financial activities, normalizing relations with the country — was announced. But different generations of Cubans are processing different feelings about the historic move. The economic crisis in Cuba that resulted from the embargo, and the country’s war-torn history, has been the subject of many films. Throughout the history of Cuban cinema, filmmakers have explored sociopolitical issues and the country’s shifting identity. Here are a few films to put on your radar before exploring Cuban cinema for the first time. … Read More

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Diorama-Inspired Photos of Mongolian Nomads and the Effects of the Changing Landscape

Korean photographer Daesung Lee’s Futuristic Archeology series, first spotted on Booooooom, places the spotlight on the desertification of Mongolia and its effect on Mongolian nomads. Juxtaposing a billboard that features an image of the landscape it is set in, Lee hopes to “accomplish a sense that the lives of these nomadic people occur between this reality and a virtual space of a museum” — suggesting that in the future, this aspect of Mongolian culture might only exist in a photograph. Lee advises that 35% of Mongols live a nomadic lifestyle and depend on the land for their survival. But nearly 850 lakes and 2000 rivers and streams have dried up, transforming 25% of the land into desert over the past 30 years. “Potentially 75% of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification,” Lee writes. The diorama effect of the photos is striking, but the message is dire. … Read More

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The Steep Inclines, and Ultimate Decline, in Most Celebrity Journeys: Links You Need to See

This was a weird year. In a way, every year is weird — taking 365 days, grouping them all together, and analyzing them collectively will always result in weird, outlier-ridden statistics. And yet, the fact of the matter is that public figures as fundamentally different as Scott Stapp, Kim Kardashian, and Meghan Trainor all had some cultural weight this year. … Read More

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Meet the Maker: Buried Diamond

Presented by Sprout by HP

Brooklyn-based jewelry and textile designer Martha Moore Porter makes some of Renegade Craft Fair‘s most popular items. After hooking her up with a Sprout by HP, we stopped by her Greenpoint studio to see what goes into making these handcrafted bits of whimsy.  … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: We’ll Meet Again

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, bid farewell to Stephen Colbert and say hello to the umpteen millionth season of The Real World.  … Read More

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The 30 Best Movie Posters of 2014

The image on its poster often bolsters a good film, leaving a remarkable impression before we’ve even seen it. The image often sees us through the film, casts its own lens over our perception of the whole experience. Of course, there’s no dearth of mediocre films with beautiful posters out there, and these can long outlive their lesser, more time-consuming counterparts. Here, we’ve gathered and ranked the best film posters of 2014 based on both their aesthetic appeal and the ways they work alongside their source material. … Read More

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The 5 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Miguel, Kendrick Lamar

We’re at Peak Holiday Season, folks, and while the music doesn’t directly reflect that — well, one track kind of does — this week, with a new Kendrick Lamar cut, we’re busting through the fuzz and getting to what’s important. With the rest, though, we’re actually creating layers and layers of fuzz so that we can step back from the insanity that usually overcomes the last few weeks of the year. … Read More

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Azealia Banks Is Right About Iggy Azalea and, More Importantly, Race in America

There’s a point during the lengthy interview that Azealia Banks gave Hot 97 yesterday where she laments how what she says will probably be received: “I talk about so many things on my Twitter; [the media] pick and choose what they want to hear. Get your fucking clicks. Here it is! Here it is.” Which, of course is exactly what’s happened: sites like Gawker have pulled out the juiciest quotes, which largely concern Iggy Azalea and T.I., and in isolation serve to perpetuate the narrative of Azealia-Banks-as-the-crazy-girl-who-starts-fights-with-everyone. … Read More

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