Kara Walker Knew People Would Take Dumb Selfies With ‘A Subtlety,’ and That Shouldn’t Surprise Us

The sphinx is long gone and the Domino Sugar Factory is well on its way to becoming a luxury housing complex, but the conversation surrounding Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, the art installation/social media phenomenon of the summer, isn’t quite over yet. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times’ Carolina Miranda, Walker spoke at length about A Subtlety for the first time since its July 6th close date, and especially the part of the piece many onlookers assumed Walker hadn’t planned out: the audience’s reactions. … Read More

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10 Mind-Altering Philosophy Books from 2014

Philosophy books often don’t get their due. They’re usually long, often badly written, frequently pompous and annoying, and sometimes even poorly edited. But 2014 has been a hallmark year for works of philosophy that can genuinely impact your life (even in the immediate future) without becoming self-help nonsense. These books deal try to change what is possible in politics, sex, feminism, art, and more. … Read More

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Suede’s ‘Dog Man Star’ at 20: A Messy, Ill-Advised Tribute to a Messy, Ill-Advised Masterpiece

A dim, decaying room that was once bright and grand. Red brocade wallpaper, the kind you only ever see in cocktail bars and lingerie stores anymore, peeling at the top and fraying at the bottom. A thin mattress extends from the far wall into the center of the room like a lonely dock on a deserted lake. The only source of light is a multi-tiered bronze and glass chandelier with half the panes missing; in lieu of a switch, a grimy length of twine hangs down from above. The scratched wood floor is a collage of empty wine bottles, old books, and dirty clothes. A few records with battered covers lean against a Victrola that somehow still works. A metal ashtray rests on the windowsill. The smell of smoke, more than two kinds, has settled into the cracks and crevices and mouse holes. Every other room in this building is just the same. Down the hall is a bathroom with cracked tiles and a curtained-off clawfoot tub. Outside the window, the world is a blur of radioactive sunset pastels. … Read More

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NBC’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Yet Another Rehash of Rejected Rom-Com Tropes

A couple of weeks back, our own Pilot Viruet wrote about one of the uglier trends of the new television season: the “stupid, silly women” of the romantic comedies that are all over the airwaves this fall. She focused on the vapid/clutzy heroines of ABC’s Selfie and Manhattan Love Story; now, NBC has added its horse to this dubious derby, in the form of Marry Me. Its heroine, Annie, isn’t as aggressively offensive as the women at the center of Selfie and Manhattan, so hooray for small accomplishments, but nonetheless, even Casey Wilson’s energetic playing can’t save this exhausted character type. … Read More

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50 of the Greatest Debut Novels Since 1950

For a reader, there’s something magical about picking up a first novel — that promise of discovery, the possibility of finding a new writer whose work you can love for years to come, the likelihood of semi-autobiography for you to mull over. The debut is even more important for the writer — after all, you only get one first impression. Luckily, there are a lot of fantastic first impressions to be had. Click through for some of the greatest first novels written since 1950 — some that sparked great careers, some that are still the writers’ best work, and some that remain free-standing.… Read More

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Dissecting Jenji Kohan and Jill Soloway’s Clash Over Trans Representation on TV

What do you do when the creators of your two favorite shows butt heads about an issue that’s fundamental to each superlative series? When taking either side feels like a form of disloyalty? You dissect until, perhaps, the sides take themselves. Or, in the case of a recent Jeni Kohan/Jill Soloway debate, Kohan’s outspokenness ends up exposing that she may have been in the wrong. … Read More

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Ernest Hemingway Rewrites ‘Esquire’s’ Profile of Penelope Cruz, Sexiest Woman Alive

Madrid is a noble city because bulls die an honest death in the arena there. After people go to the seaside, the plazas empty. The remaining men drink white wine as the blood of the bulls spills on the sand. The wine is cold and every man is sad. … Read More

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: “Go Where I Send Thee”

Finally, the time has come. At the start of “Go Where I Send Thee,” Crane is learning to drive, wielding the “power of three hundred horses” with just his foot. The anticipation is great, with Lt. Mills carefully explaining to him each step, reassuring him of its simplicity. Crane is nervous — maybe he won’t be able to do conquer the four-wheeled steed? Except, you know, he already knows how to drive, because of course he does. Lt. Mills discovers this as Crane drifts their police-issued SUV through a parking lot, he Vin Diesel, she Michelle Rodriguez. But Fast and Furious: 2 Sleepy 2 Hollow can’t last forever, and, as with all things in life, the fun comes to an end thanks to an alert on Lt. Mills’ cell. … Read More

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Sookie Doesn’t Always Come to the Rescue: Links You Need to See

Good afternoon and welcome to your Daily Links Post, Columbus Day Edition. And while Columbus Day might be rife with not-so-joyous connotations, we will here begin joyfully, with a mysterious man in Tokyo who is walking around with a stroller filled with nine cats. … Read More

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The CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’ Confidently Rises Above an Absurd Hook

Is there any new show this season with a premise more ridiculous than that of The CW’s Jane the Virgin? Twenty-year-old Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is studying to be a teacher, hopelessly in love with her handsome and lovely boyfriend Michael (Brett Dier), and living with her supportive mother Xo (Andrea Navedo) and grandmother Alba (Ivonne Coll). Everything in her life seems to be in order until there is a mix-up at her gynecologist’s office and a routine pap smear results in Jane being accidentally artificially inseminated — with her former crush Rafael’s (Justin Baldoni) specimen. … Read More

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