Awkward, Strangely Romantic Photos of a Photographer Throwing Herself at Men

Los Angeles artist Lilly McElroy throws herself at men. It’s not as scandalous as it sounds. “I make work about the desire to form connections with others and how difficult it can sometimes be to actually do that. For the I Throw Myself at Men series I was thinking about romantic connections and how awkward, painful, and wonderful it can be to try and form an attachment to another person,” she explained to Huffington Post (via Juxtapoz). “I am, at the moment, part projectile and part foolish romantic,” she told Beautiful/Decay. “These images are documents of a hopeful and violent gesture, a demand that the possibility of a connection exist. The men often look terrified or at least slightly surprised. My role as aggressor is clear and I think my leaps acknowledge the basic human desire for contact.” When she sets up the shot in a public space, only three people know what is about to happen: the bartender, the photographer, and the man she is throwing herself at. “The camera is never hidden, though.” The project started life on Craigslist, where McElroy placed an ad looking to meet with blind dates to engage in the throwing/catching act. “There is obviously a strong feminist component to this project and that read is very important to me. Mostly though, I’m interested in talking about how human that desire for connection is,” she concludes. Embrace the awkward and intense connections McElroy makes with strangers in bars, below. … Read More

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10 Scary Stories You Can Listen to Right Now

Nothing takes us back to our childhood faster than listening intently while someone reads us a story. Since Halloween is right around the corner, how about we make it a scary story—perfect to curl up with on a dark and stormy night. We might be too old for trick-or-treating, but no one can stop us from enjoying these creepy audiobooks and radio dramas. Campfire tales, urban legends whispered about during sleepovers, and bedtime stories have nothing on these chillers. Happy Halloween. … Read More

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8 Films That Make Fascinating Use of Flashbacks

Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, written by Marguerite Duras, pioneered the use of flashbacks to mimic flashes of memories. In the 1959 film, this device is used in telling the story of a French actress and Japanese architect as they share their perspectives on war. The flashback technique reminds us of the sometimes painful ways that memories persist within us, despite our best attempts to forget them. Duras, a prolific author, playwright, and filmmaker, is the subject of a current retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center through October 22. In honor of her groundbreaking work, we’re revisiting other films we love that use flashbacks to tell their stories. … Read More

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Ghostly Paintings of Horror Cinema’s Spookiest Houses

They symbolize our repressed fears and the other hidden complexities of our subconscious. The “haunted” house is a well-worn trope in horror cinema—but with good reason. If you need proof of our enduring fascination with these ominous, labyrinthine spaces, look no further than our current obsession with modern haunted houses like Blackout and immersive theater experiences that lead audiences into a darkened interior (Then She Fell, Sleep No More, Speakeasy Dollhouse). Artist Candice Tripp evokes the “haunted” houses of cinema in her series of paintings (in ghostly black and white) featuring film’s spookiest abodes. From modern favorites like The House of the Devil and The Conjuring to classics such as Halloween and The Omen, the smaller scale of Tripp’s artworks—which feature swirling, phantasmagorical brushwork—lure us closer to explore the curious and dangerous entities within. … Read More

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I’ll Give a Nickel for Your Pickle: Links You Need To See

The height of pickle-frenzy has probably come and gone, and yet, pickles remain delicious. And that’s why there is going to be a whole day dedicated to it in NYC. So many pickles: sours, half sours, garlic dills, whiskey sours, deli style, sweet, gherkins, cornichons, relish. Beans! Cucumbers! Carrots! Cauliflower! International pickles, even. I’d give a nickel for so many pickles, tickling optional. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Check Your Privilege, Bill O’Reilly

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly heal the liberal-conservative rift, and also racism. Just kidding! … Read More

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10 New Translated Books to Read Right Now

Next month, American readers will be able to suss out why Patrick Modiano (of all people) won the Nobel Prize, when Yale University Press releases Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas. In the meantime, here are ten amazing new (or fairly new, or about-to-be-published) translated works that demand to be read right now. … Read More

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‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ Is an Honest, Inspiring Documentary About Transgender Youth That Everyone Needs to See

Last night, at the premiere for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, narrator and executive producer Laverne Cox explained some of her intentions in creating the documentary: “We wanted to tell trans stories on television, and we wanted to do them in a different way than what we have seen before.” Trans narratives aren’t the most commonly explored narratives on television, but between Jill Soloway’s brilliant dark comedy Transparent, Laura Jane Grace’s True Trans web series that premiered last week on AOL Originals, and The T Word, which will air simultaneously on MTV and Logo tonight, it’s fair to say there has been a rise in these narratives. But The T Word goes a different route from what we’ve seen by centering on a more diverse and younger group — the subjects range in age from 12-24; they were in attendance last night, and Cox praised their bravery — and the result is fascinating and informative, heartbreaking and optimistic, and far better than your average MTV documentary. … Read More

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Evan Rachel Wood’s “I Felt Like Meat” Tweet Reveals What Teenage Starlets Go Through

This week, Evan Rachel Wood spoke up on Twitter about posing for a seemingly innocuous, if absurdly too-white Vanity FairIt’s Raining Teens” double-wide cover from 2003. While fans on Twitter waxed nostalgic, the actress popped in to say that she was miserable and felt like meat the day of the shoot. … Read More

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