“Adorkable” Is Officially a Word: Links You Need to See

In today’s links, I seem to have inadvertently compiled a collection of stories (or fragments, or something smaller, perhaps, even) about people who tend to polarize. The name Courtney Love, for example, seems to exist along a virtual tectonic plate that shudders every time it’s uttered (oh look, a rhyme!), creating a fissure that you can count on to divide the internet. … Read More

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‘Nashville’ Is Pushing Its Gay Cowboy Out of the Closet, and It’s About Time

Note: This article contains spoilers for last night’s episode of Nashville.

A few weeks back, ABC’s Nashville — now in its third season — nearly evaded a conversation that seems unavoidable when a young, single character gets pregnant unexpectedly in the year 2014. The country music soap delicately danced around the topic of abortion. Superstar Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) would have the baby and give it up for adoption, and she would hide the pregnancy while filming a Patsy Cline biopic and touring the country, practicality be damned. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Marc Cherry’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Series, Fox’s Archie Comics Adaptation

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Nick Frost stars in an ABC comedy, Ryan Murphy gets another horror anthology series, and networks continue to pick up book and film adaptations, from the great (Archie comics!) to the terrible (Marley & Me?!). … Read More

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Are Amazon’s Bullying Days Over? We’re About to Find Out

America’s most reputable company (?!) is set to report Q3 losses of between 57 to 75 cents per share, by some predictions, when the market closes today. No sweat. Amazon hasn’t turned a third quarter profit in three years. Still, for those who are paying attention, Bezos & Co. have been acting weird as hell lately. … Read More

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An Introduction to Arthur Russell’s Weird, Wonderful World

Disco producer, avant-garde experimentalist, classically trained cellist, visionary: there are few artists who’ve been both as under-appreciated and as influential as Arthur Russell. Over the course of his career, spanning the early ’70s until his AIDS-related death in 1992, Russell’s work encompassed a bewildering variety of projects, many of which never saw the light of day until after his death. With the all-star tribute album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell out this week (and featuring Robyn, Hot Chip, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, and many more), it seems like a fine time to look back at the great man’s remarkably diverse and innovative discography. If you’ve always wondered just where to start with Russell, wonder no longer! … Read More

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“I Did Not Wake Up Like This”: Janet Mock and Tavi Gevinson Talk Impostor Syndrome, Celebrity, and the Internet

There may have only been one flower crown in the audience at last night’s launch for Rookie Yearbook Three, but the online publication’s ethos was otherwise on full display: dyed hair, #snackwave, DIY bangs, and the unfettered, post-ironic enthusiasm that leads to fan gestures like bringing a box of chocolates for the editor-in-chief, Tavi Gevinson, and writer/activist Janet Mock. Onstage at New York’s Housing Works Bookstore last night, Gevinson and Mock talked impostor syndrome, public identity, and the platform on which they both established themselves: the Internet. … Read More

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Gates, Ranked

We just decided to rank some gates today. … Read More

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Hanne Blank on M.F.K. Fisher and the Art of Seduction: An Excerpt From ‘Icon’

In the new book Icon, edited by Amy Scholder, fearless feminist writers and Rick Moody talk about some of our most notorious, beguiling, and trailblazing feminist figures. It’s a stacked lineup of fascination, including Mary Gaitskill on Linda Lovelace, Kate Zambreno on Kathy Acker, Danielle Henderson on bell hooks, and Johanna Fateman on Andrea Dworkin. One of my favorite essays was Hanne Blank’s sensual look at how seduction works in the food-and-everything writing of M.F.K. Fisher. Read an excerpt from Blank’s essay below; Icon is now available in stores and online. — Elisabeth Donnelly … Read More

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Dystopia Is Here: ‘Citizenfour’s’ Revealing Portrait of Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, who risked his life by spilling the secret information that nothing is a secret, is perhaps over-revered by a certain type of person: white, male, national-security obsessed, libertarian-leaning, privileged. These are the folks who weren’t ever dissidents, immigrants, people of color or “othered,” people who were genuinely shocked and not exhausted by Snowden’s snuck-out news that the government is listening in (at least via metadata) to our every little click and convo. … Read More

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The 50 Best Documentaries of All Time

This week, The Criterion Collection is giving a welcome Blu-ray upgrade to F for Fake, Orson Welles’ 1973 documentary exploration of hoaxes, fakery, and magic. It was one of his last completed films, and one of his few documentaries — and, in true Welles form, he went and made one of the greatest nonfiction films of all time. How great? Well, its re-release is as good a time as any to spotlight the finest documentaries ever… Read More

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