“Woman” Is Not a Genre: Why the New, Female-Led Rock Revolution Is for Everybody

Every few years, music fans are asked to mourn rock ‘n’ roll’s death. Apparently the genre is in worse condition than Keith Richards himself. The eulogies often bemoan the so-called lack of great rock bands these days — a scenario Forbes described two years ago as amounting to there being “no Led Zeppelin for the current generation of music fans.” But from where I stand, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. It just doesn’t look or act like it used to. From Courtney Barnett to Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis to Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to Torres’ Mackenzie Scott to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, young singer-songwriters who lead their own rock bands have released, or will soon release, some of the year’s best albums. They all also happen to be… Read More

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The MRAs of Literature: Is This Anonymous, Male Version of the VIDA Count a Joke?

In a few short years, the VIDA Count has become a regular fixture in the literary world, released each year to be either ignored or heeded by magazine editors depending on their individual consciences. Now, a self-described anonymous group of friends who made a “bar bet” about the “real” numerical state of equality in the literary world have emerged to do their own count, revealing what they perceive to be female dominance over a group of mostly small literary magazines. With a faux-naive attitude and a mere handful of followers, this group, “Equality in Literature,” seems to be trying to demonstrate the existence of a misandrist conspiracy that is shutting off the gates of literary access to men. In the early days of feminist blogs, this would be called a “what about teh menz” reaction. … Read More

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Surprise! Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Fantastic in His New Indie Drama ‘Maggie’

I’ve seen some strange things at the Tribeca Film Festival — this was, after all, where Robert De Niro met Lil’ Bub. But if there’s one thing I wouldn’t have imagined seeing at this, or frankly any other, film festival, it’s an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. And in the Q&A following last night’s world premiere of his new film Maggie, the former Terminator and governor expressed the same surprise. “I never dreamt in my life that I would one day be here at Tribeca, and getting this kind of reception.” The reception was the real deal, and so was his performance — a serious, heartfelt, dramatic turn, and he totally nails it. I’m as surprised as you are. … Read More

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‘The Americans’ Season 3: How a Teen Girl’s Dilemma Humanized a Great, Cold Show

The complexity of teenage girls is an oft-explored topic on television, though it’s usually reserved for overly hysterical teen dramas. It’s much more rare to see on a period thriller like The Americans, which concerns itself with the happenings of two KGB spies posing as a picture-perfect American family. Elizabeth and Philip have necessarily kept their life a secret from their two children, Paige and Henry, but being found out was a lingering threat that the show couldn’t possibly ignore. One of the biggest shocks this season was Paige learning the truth, providing the already-great series with even more tension. … Read More

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Sesame Street Is Not a Nice Place: Links You Need to See

Sesame Street has been home to lovable, diverse puppets ever since 1969. Over those 46 years, Big Bird and his buddies have done some cool stuff, mostly singin’ about numbers and letters and playin’ street ball with kids and elderly neighbors. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Margot Martindale, ‘Variety’ and Emily Schultz’s ‘The Blondes’

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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Yes, But How Old Is the Earth and How Will It Die? Darwin vs. Kelvin

“Are we entitled to say that Earth’s age is 4.55 billion years, and its trajectory an ellipse centred on the Sun, with an average radius of 150 million kilometres?” writes Hubert Krivine in the introduction to his important new work of scientific history, The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge. It’s a better question than you might think. Creationism, whether we like it or not, makes recourse to “proof” and its own historical lineage — it has fronted itself with the awning of “logic.” And from the other side, scientific inquiry is often reduced to what it produces, or how it applies. “As for the general public,” Krivine writes, “they know science only through its applications, the worst as well as the best, which is why the euphoria that it generated in the nineteenth century has given way today to scepticism, at least in the rich countries.” … Read More

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‘American Reflexxx': Performance Art Video Uncovers Shocking, Violent Dehumanization

A disturbing video has begun to make the rounds on Facebook. Titled “American Reflexxx,” it’s the work of performance artists Signe Pierce and Alli Coates, and it involves the former walking through a city while the latter films her. The result is 14 minutes of deeply unsettling footage. … Read More

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Activists to Twitter: New Abuse Protections Don’t Go Far Enough

It’s openly acknowledged, even by the company itself, that Twitter is the pits when it comes to protecting users from abuse. In February, a leaked internal memo quoted CEO Dick Costolo as saying, “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years… It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.” An official op-ed last week reiterated the point. “Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up,” wrote Twitter’s general counsel Vijaya Gadde. … Read More

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Artist Duo Constructs Stunningly Detailed 100,000-Item Library Out of Paper

“If your brain was a library, what would it look like? How big would the library be and what would it contain? Would it be organized or chaotic? Isn’t it intriguing that this vast storage, a life’s work if you will, is mutable?” These are the questions artist Jonny Love, one half of the duo LoveJordan, poses in describing his and collaborator Samuel Jordan’s The Unconscious Library. The only non-paper objects in their lovely and intricate installation, composed of over 100,000 annotated pieces, are tiny bottles of liquor. Taken together, the paper items, the alcohol that sits among them, and the tags affixed to both create the impression of a library containing the thoughts and memories amassed during the particular unconsciousness brought about by intoxication. Click through to see a selection of images from LoveJordan’s installation, which we discovered via JunkCulture; readers in London can see The Unconscious Library in person May 14-17 at Wimbledon’s Open Studios. … Read More

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