How ‘Finding Carter’ Became the Perfect Summer Hate-Watch

When Finding Carter premiered earlier this month, my general reaction was an underwhelming “meh.” It featured a compelling premise about a teen girl who finds out she was kidnapped as a child and is then returned to her old (but new-to-her) family. But the pilot somehow took that story and made it utterly bland, bogged down with boring tropes and unnecessary drama. The episodes that follow, however, are a different story. No, Finding Carter is still not a good show, but somehow, over the course of four episodes, it’s become my go-to hate-watch of the summer. … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Nora Ephron’s Quintessential Writing on the Female Experience

I think of the Nora Ephron essay “On Maintenance” every time I feel guilty about spending $43 on a charcoal face mask that does wonders with ingrown hairs I am now certain only I noticed. “Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death,” she writes. There are seven more paragraphs dedicated to getting rid of unwanted facial hair. Instantly I felt better about my own foolish womanhood. … Read More

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Photographer Breaks Each of the ‘10 Commandments’ in Witty, Sinful Self-Portraits

New York City-based photographer Anna Friemoth’s terrific portrait series 10 Commandments makes those abstract biblical rules for living playfully — even provocatively — concrete, as Friemoth turns the breaking of each commandment into a clever self-portrait of sin. Click through to check out the photographer’s bad… Read More

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“Do It Now”: Ira Glass’ Comforting, Terrifying Advice for Journalists

Earlier this year, the radio classic This American Life moved away from its longtime distributor, Public Radio International (PRI), to an independent model. Ira Glass, the show’s host and producer, has been doing more rounds in the press of late, discussing where the show is after 17 years, and where he is at this point as a journalist. The takeaway from the New York Times profile earlier this month was that Glass is, literally, dancing as fast as he can, working as both professional talking head (the bulk of his income comes from speaking appearances) and as the soul of a really good radio show when he’s not harboring dreams of Broadway. Whew! … Read More

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Book of the Week: Christopher Beha’s ‘Arts & Entertainments’

“Handsome” Eddie Hartley has “substandard sperm.” He’s been working with his wife to get pregnant, buying all sorts of expensive remedies (including $200 pillows), and now the only chance they have at starting a family is by going to the very expensive Hope Springs Fertility Center. The problem is, Eddie, a failed actor who is “good-looking in an entirely conventional way,” doesn’t make all that much money working as a drama teacher at the Catholic prep school he went to, and can’t even catch a break trying to get a job as a temp. … Read More

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Awful Summer One-Hit Wonders: Where Are They Now?

With summer comes the perennial debate about what song gets to be crowned the official Song of the Summer. The thing is, though, that the crown can sit pretty damn heavy, especially when it gets to the point that everyone’s heard your song so many times they’d happily stab themselves before hearing it again. And the other thing is: a lot of these songs are awful. So bad, in fact, that their authors haven’t been heard from for quite some time. Whatever did happen to Las Ketchup? Or the guy who made “Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”? Wonder no longer, because we have (most of) the answers. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Homeland’ Teases Season 4, FXX Plans World Domination With ‘Simpsons’ Site

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, HBO’s Westworld gets its leads, The CW cancels its new comedies, and FXX teases its all-Simpsons website. … Read More

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The Definitive Ranking of Dudes Covering “Royals”

Between scowling at a Cubs games and ending up a meme, Jack White found time to cover Lorde’s “Royals” this week. The news wasn’t all that surprising for two reasons: White has been covering pop songs, like Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” on his current tour; and old-school rock dudes love them some “Royals.” (I personally think the latter has to do with its message of anti-consumerism harkening back to a time WHEN ROCK MUSIC RAILED AGAINST SOMETHING, damn youths, grumble grumble, etc.) Most singles that spend more than a couple weeks at No. 1 are going to garner a bevy of covers — from up-and-comers and YouTube unknowns alike — but Lorde’s breakthrough really has inspired an astonishing number of covers… from dudes you would not expect. Let’s take a look at who covered it best, shall we? Worst comes first. … Read More

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Gorgeous Art Nouveau Posters for ‘Game of Thrones’ — and Its Drugs of Choice

We hear a lot about the sex on Game of Thrones, but what about the drugs? io9 pointed us to these lovely Art Nouveau-style posters by FRO Design Company, aka graphic artist and web designer Fernando Reza, which celebrate the mind-altering chemicals (plus a few other substances, like Valyrian steel) of Westeros. Get your milk of the poppy fix below, and buy a print or seven at Reza’s website. … Read More

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‘The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail’ Tries to Cram Too Much Comedy Into Half-Hour Episodes — and Often Succeeds

For the past four years, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail has been the flagship show at Los Angeles’ NerdMelt Showroom. It’s a weekly comedy showcase (“alt-comedy” seems to be the preferred descriptor whenever the show is written up) hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani and featuring a nice mix of drop-ins from big names and great sets from “lesser-known” comedians. It’s an intimate show in an intimate setting, but Comedy Central recently took on the task of translating it to an eight-episode television series. … Read More

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