‘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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50 Excellent International Pop Songs From the 1960s

The documentary Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll debuted in theaters Wednesday, exploring the country’s rich music tradition that emerged concurrently with a period of strife. Influenced by Western and European rock and pop during the 1960s, Cambodian musicians combined traditional sounds with modern beats. “But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced Western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war,” explain the documentarians. “The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.” Inspired by the unique sounds of Cambodia, we took a trip through the international pop scene of the ‘60s in all its forms — from the American rock-inspired bands that imitated the Beatles to the yé-yé girls of… Read More

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In a Post-Snowden, Post-Sony Hack World, Who Has the Power to Disseminate Secrets?

It’s not that difficult for someone to hack into your computer — and I know you think you know how easy it is, but trust me, it’s so much easier than you think. As a matter of fact, the attendees at Tuesday’s Tribeca Film Festival panel on “Secrecy and Power” were treated to a demonstration of exactly how easy it is, thanks to cyber-security expert Ralph Echemendia, aka “The Ethical Hacker.” Earlier that week, he sent an email with a link to a video clip to one of the TFF interns. As we all watched on a screen overhead, he opened up a window that displayed the intern’s desktop, his documents, his network. He turned on the webcam and the microphone. The poor schmuck had no idea. Most of those who are hacked don’t. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Shilpa Ray Twists Hindu Tradition Into Modern Sex With “Burning Bride”

The first single off Shilpa Ray‘s new album, Last Year’s Savage, is called “Pop Song for Euthanasia.” This is a very Shilpa Ray thing to do. She named her first solo album sans her Happy Hookers backing band, It’s All Self Fellatiosong titles included “Mother Is a Misanthrope.” Nick Cave, one of her biggest fans, gladly released the record and took her on tour, again. … Read More

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