25 Samuel Beckett Quotes That Sum Up the Hilarious Tragedy of Human Existence

We’d like to wish avant-garde icon Samuel Beckett a happy birthday, but something tells us he’d take issue with that. Beckett’s words are tender blows to the heart — superbly morose, always acerbic, and unrelentingly pessimistic. The novelist and playwright had a lot to say about the absurdities of modern life and the tragicomic nature of human existence. Taking quotes from his prolific oeuvre and other sources, celebrate Beckett’s birthday by revisiting his thoughts on the boredom and suffering of being. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Drinking Game

Is this really happening? We’ve reached the end? The seventh and final season of Mad Men debuts tonight, and emotions are running high ‘round these parts. We’re handling it the way any 1960’s ad exec would — with a stiff drink. This week, we told you everything we know about the forthcoming season; we talked Mad Men fashion, literature, and film; and we even gave you a season six refresher course. Since your head is already swimming with anticipation and the sadz, why not add regret to the mix and guzzle your way through the season seven premiere along with us? We thought so, you lush. … Read More

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The Drawings of Ailing Children Brought to Life in Magical Photos Starring the Kids as Heroes in Their Own Adventures

Something magical happened when photographer Shawn Van Daele partnered with ailing children to bring their fantasies to life. The artist, who we learned about on Lost at E Minor, took their drawings and cast the kids as the heroes of their own adventures in a series of photographs. It’s all part of a wonderful project he calls Drawing Hope — the first 28 images of which will be part of a book that Van Daele is co-writing with his mother. All proceeds from the project are being donated to the various groups and foundations that support the children. It’s a storybook saga that tugs at the heartstrings. Grab a few tissues, and head past the break to meet Kirsten, Princess of Butterfly Garden; Jack, the Hero of Hope Street; and David, Keeper of the Stars. … Read More

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10 Teen Angst Films You Might Have Missed

This week marked the trailer release for Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, which chronicles the alienation and joys of outcast tween girls in 1980s Stockholm as they form a punk band. Also this week, Criterion celebrates a misunderstood boy’s quest for freedom in Paris during the 1950s with the Blu-ray release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Since teen angst is in the air, we felt compelled to round up films that tackle the topic — movies that offer a different perspective from the well-worn American Pies of Hollywood. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Seth Rogen

The extremely uneven 39th season of SNL is in the homestretch. Seth Rogen returns to the stage to help drag us to the finish line (just a few more eps to go). It’s been five years since Rogen hosted, and we’re expecting plenty of pop culture references, 420-friendly sketches, and one too many dick and fart jokes. SNL isn’t short on the latter, but we’re willing to give the good-natured comedian a chance. See how it all went down last night, below. … Read More

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Vintage Photos of Spring Breakers

Spring break season is upon us — a time when students everywhere step away from the books to decompress and indulge. Films like Spring Breakers paint a colorful picture of the MTV generation binging on drink, drugs, and sex once the temperature starts to rise and their weeklong break from the stresses of school affords them the freedom to sow their wild oats. Were the students in past a tamer bunch? Celebrations seem wilder these days, but some things never change — as evidenced by these vintage photos of spring breakers ready to get their party on. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Style: What Are People Wearing in 1969?

Mad Men is a veritable smorgasbord of eye candy. From the swoon-worthy set design to the striking cinematography, Matthew Weiner’s stylish series deconstructs the 1960s with a visual grammar that rivals many movies. Perhaps one of the most obsessed about aspects of Mad Men is the fashion. The series heralded a revival of 1960’s style and even inspired several clothing lines from big brands and indie clothiers. … Read More

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Lost Photos of Kansas City’s Underground Drag Scene During the 1960s

When we think of places where drag and ballroom culture has thrived, cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. spring to mind — but many don’t realize that there was a vibrant community in the Midwest during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2006, artist Robert Heishman uncovered a group of slides in a Kansas City salvage yard labeled, “Jack’s Slides: Chicago and Kansas City.” Heishman found a stash of images featuring beautiful drag queens, but the photographer remained a mystery. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: “Yakimono”

When it comes to the Chesapeake Ripper, apparently, the third time’s the charm. The FBI’s first investigation led them to Will Graham, freshly exonerated by the physical evidence from the latest Ripper crime scene. Its second gave us false hopes that Jack and company would finally land on Hannibal. But this week gave us a plot twist enough to make sure Hannibal and Jack won’t have that throwdown for at least another five episodes: Dr. Lecter still has a few tricks up his sleeve; now that he’s set Will free, he’s framed Dr. Chilton (and gone to considerable lengths to do so).  … Read More

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15 of the Most Decadent Movies Ever Made

Leave it to indie auteur Jim Jarmusch to create a vampire “hang-out” movie — one where the gorgeous and cultured undead “spend most of their time in their rooms, devouring books and music and bottled blood.” Jarmusch’s vamps are poetic idols of decadent decay, languid and spellbinding. It’s a seductive world we’ve attempted to hang onto just a little bit longer by exploring a similar decadence in these 15… Read More

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