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My “Peak TV” Life Crisis

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How many television shows is too many? Too many to casually watch? To obsess over? To write about? To simply exist? There is no definitive number, but there is one thing we can all agree on: There is a hell of a lot of television out there these days, and sometimes it can be downright anxiety inducing.
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10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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10 Amazing Treehouse Hotels With a View

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Thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and people who prefer unusual vacation destinations require something a little more exciting than the average hotel room when they take a holiday. These treehouse hotels evoke childhood days of hanging out in treetop clubhouses with friends — but their designer looks and exotic surroundings make them perfect for adults. Venture to these treehouse hotels with us, and consider sleeping sky-high for your next getaway.
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What It’s Like Working Backstage at the VMAs

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The MTV VMAs are known for their outrageous moments. Sometimes they’re planned, like the Madonna and Britney Spears kiss that Christina Aguilera never got over, and sometimes they aren’t, like Kanye’s “I’mma let your finish” moment that Taylor Swift will never get over. But some of the most telling moments of the show happen off-camera, where the online streams are off-limits and celebrities get real. The audience never sees them. Although the stories get told within a certain segment of the music industry, the average Joe doesn’t hear a peep about them. But I do.
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The Inner Life of Toronto Mannequins Revealed

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Toronto-based artist Mikäel Surget, who we learned about on Ego-AlterEgo, took a trip to Kensington Market for his birthday and found himself inspired to search for mannequins to photograph. “I know they are inanimate objects, but I see pain and struggle,” Surget wrote of his excursion. The artist transfers the photos with mixed media on wood, referencing the materiality of the object and highlighting the surface imperfections of his canvas. Surge calls them “damaged mannequins,” deconstructing the image and exposing emotions — “like I have deconstructed myself and rebuilding it to represent the beauty that lies beneath.”
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The Best Part of Yo La Tengo’s ‘Stuff Like That There’ Isn’t the Covers — It’s the Band

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There is no heavy lifting involved in listening to Yo La Tengo’s 14th album, Stuff Like That There, but that’s not why it’s a cause for celebration. The durable 30-year-old Hoboken trio leaves aside the guitar squalls, soundtrack atmospherics, and fuzz obfuscation (for now) and finally does what many listeners and record company managers have been waiting a quarter-century for: a return to the hushed acoustic territory of 1990’s Fakebook.
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