Wander Into a Magritte Painting While Masturbation-Charging Your Phone: Links You Need to See

Though painting may be undergoing an identity crisis in the conceptual/multimedia art era, there’s no doubt that for patrons of the arts, the form provides a necessary way for us to detach from the phantasmagoria of ever-morphing digital images and just stare at, say, a gorgeously rendered apple (or, hell, a whole basket of them!). Even surrealist work, whose oneiric style evokes a sense of nausea and movement, is still refreshingly static. In Magritte’s The Listening Room, for example, an apple may be inflated to fill a room, but at least we know we can’t click on it and make it talk, or use a slideshow to replace it with a plum. But it turns out that now we can, thanks to animator Ali Eslami and Unreal Engine, virtually wander through a series of Magritte’s images, including that of the famed mega-apple. Unfortunately, it’s pretty damn cool.  … Read More

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The Best Quotes From Kanye West’s Tear-Inducing Talk with Zane Lowe

Kanye West set the music world on fire with his performance of new single “All Day” at the Brit Awards yesterday, and today his honest interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe resulted in genuine tears, introspection, bon mots and enigmatic catchphrases. We culled the best quotes below. … Read More

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Jane Eyre, Lizzy Bennet, and Jo March Walk Onto a Stage: Remixing a New Canon of Heroines

Last night I saw You on the Moors Now, an experimental play currently running in New York City’s Greenwich Village, which cannily combines characters and plot points from four novels: Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The story, such as it is, consists of the respective heroines banding together after spurning their various suitors. They end up camping out on the moors. Meanwhile, they are pursued by the rejected men, themselves united in an attempt at revenge, or requited love, or some other concession. The cast features a delightfully queered Mr. Darcy, a manic Jane Eyre who longs to travel in space, a Cathy Earnshaw with unexpectedly pronounced leadership qualities, and sundry twists and gimmicks which wouldn’t have worked if much of the audience didn’t have a basic understanding of at least a few of the four novels. … Read More

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Kafka and the Crash of the System: An Interview with Tom McCarthy

The British novelist Tom McCarthy — the author of CMen in Space, and the increasingly revered Remainder — is known primarily in the United States for Zadie Smith’s essay “Two Paths for the Novel,” wherein she cites McCarthy’s work as a future for literary fiction. In this mode, many critics now single out McCarthy as the torchbearer for avant-gardism, or at least they point to him as our most serious-minded critic of literary realism. This position was hardened, too, after McCarthy wrote a brilliant takedown of realism (as an obvious contrivance) for London Review of Books last year. … Read More

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We TV’s ‘Sex Box’ Rewards Couples for Copulating in a Box With Zero Insight About Their Sexual Relationships

Oh, Sex Box: a show with such great promise but such terrible execution. Well, maybe great promise is overstating it a bit, but it certainly has a fun, titillating title that already has the Parents Television Council up in arms. However, the show itself isn’t much fun, nor is it titillating or even interesting or enlightening — all of which are Sex Box‘s aims. It’s impressively dull and backwards for something with such a crazy premise: Couples have sex in a box on stage and talk to experts about their experiences. Mostly, it is just another boring sex advice show, one that maybe could’ve worked on early-’00s radio but definitely doesn’t work on We TV.  … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: yMusic’s “Music in Circles” Video Mixes Glitch-Art with Modern Dance

For the uninitiated, New York’s yMusic is the go-to group for “orchestral flourish” on indie rock records. Its six instrumentalists have worked with everyone from Beck to Bjork, St. Vincent to Sufjan Stevens, and now, Ben Folds. As announced this week, yMusic will hit the road with Folds this spring for a series of dates in which they’ll perform the album they made together, which is set for release later this year. We’ll get into that in just a second, in our Q&A with yMusic’s CJ Camerieri, a multi-instrumentalist who won Grammys for his contributions to Bon Iver’s sophomore album, and recently toured with Paul Simon and Sting. … Read More

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‘Focus’ Is the Will Smith Comeback Movie You Didn’t Know You Were Waiting For

Sometimes a movie star drifts away so quietly, you don’t even notice. From the $800 million-plus-grossing Independence Day in 1996 through the $600 million-plus-grossing Hancock a dozen years later, Will Smith was one of the biggest — if not the biggest — movie stars on the planet, deploying his off-the-charts charisma and unflappable cool in such monster hits as Hitch, I Am Legend, I, Robot, and the Bad Boys and Men in Black movies. And then, he just sorta… stopped. His 2008 drama Seven Pounds was an uncharacteristic underperformer, Men in Black III (which followed a four-year absence from the screen) made boatloads of money and almost no impression, and After Earth — in which he played second fiddle to his son Jaden — was a notorious flop domestically (though it did just fine overseas). And thus Will Smith, once a brand name, finds himself with something to prove. Luckily, his latest movie Focus proves it — reminding us why he became a star in the first place, and providing a glimpse of where he might go from here. … Read More

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The 50 Best Movies About Hollywood

While many movies set in Tinseltown feature similar tropes and concerns — the awe-struck wannabe, a ruthless deal gone wrong, and a wrong career move that turns deadly — no two movies about Hollywood are exactly alike. The diversity of subjects in these films speaks volumes of the variety of La La Land residents who make up the Hollywood experience. Whether it’s a modern-day Babylon or a dream factory, movies about Hollywood are striking both for their cynicism and star-struck naiveté. In time for the release of Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg and screenwriter Bruce Wagner’s long-gestating satire, here is Flavorwire’s list of the 50 best movies about… Read More

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Suggested Storylines for Lady Gaga’s ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

It was announced this week that Lady Gaga would be starring in the fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel. The show has famously skirted controversy with its rash, nuanced depictions of race, mental handicaps, rape, homosexuality, dwarfism, civil rights, and ageism in entertainment. With Lady Gaga entering the fray, Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk are sure to push the envelope even further. … Read More

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The Question of Ziplessness: Why ‘Secretary’ Is a More Appealing Depiction of BDSM Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

It is, more than anything else, a testament to the scarcity of nontraditional love stories on film that Fifty Shades of Grey is so often compared to Secretary. While the former is a new, record-breaking international blockbuster that metastasized out of history’s most bankable foray into erotic fan-fiction, the latter is an independent film based on a Mary Gaitskill story. Secretary cost just $4 million to make, and its release in 2002 didn’t dominate the cultural conversation so much as inspire a frisson among cinephiles, kink enthusiasts, and anyone else who sensed the promise of a scenario in which James Spader ordered Maggie Gyllenhaal to step into his office. … Read More

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