Don’t Expect Much Titillation From WE tv’s Racily Titled ‘Sex Box’

A few weeks ago, WE tv ordered a baffling nine-episode series of a show titled Sex Box. The title isn’t exactly self-explanatory — no one has sex with an actual box — but the premise is simple: couples have sex inside a large, opaque, and soundproof box and then discuss the experience with a panel of experts. The idea is for the couples to work through any issues they have by being emotionally honest with each other (and strangers) about sex and intimacy. It’s easy to say this is just another example of how desperate American reality TV has gotten, but it’s actually an adaptation of a British series. … Read More

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The Best Highbrow Cameos to Catch When ‘Gilmore Girls’ Streams on Netflix

Gilmore Girls is a show about a mother and a daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who are more like two pop culture-besotted best friends in the small New England town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut — a place where it is always fall and there is always a goofy community festival happening. This smart, funny, brilliant show was a last gasp of human storytelling about ambitious and complex women on the WB/CW before teen takes on genre drowned out anything more ambitious, and it’s been unavailable on Netflix streaming for quite some time. … Read More

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‘The Drop': A Fitting Conclusion to James Gandolfini’s Character Actor Legacy

The Drop arrives in theaters with an unintended poignancy and finality, for it is the last film appearance by the late, great James Gandolfini. The distinction between it and last year’s Enough Said feels like a matter of semantics — that was his final leading role, whereas this is a decidedly supporting one. He is third billed, behind Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and that’s accurate; this is Tom Hardy’s movie, and (to a lesser degree) Rapace’s. If Enough Said hinted, tantalizingly, at the kind of unconventional leading-man turns we might have seen more of, The Drop reminds us of what Gandolfini always did well: providing support, heft, and color, in the tradition of our finest character actors. … Read More

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Trigger Warnings: Why We Should Trust Instructors to Prepare Students for Literature

Earlier this year, there was a lot of talk about proposed “trigger warnings” for literature taught in college classrooms. These warnings, requested by some students, would be “explicit alerts… that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or… cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.” This week, the American Association of University Professors announced their official opposition to trigger warnings in classrooms and on syllabi. … Read More

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‘So We Read On’ and Why We Should Keep Fighting About ‘The Great Gatsby’

In Sigrid Nunez’s book The Last of Her Kind, the central character, Georgette, meets her troubling, troubled, wonderful friend Ann when they are both students at Barnard College in New York. I can remember, quite clearly, that school for Georgette consists of her writing a long paper, “Why The Great Gatsby Is Not a Great Book.” … Read More

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Clever Joss Whedon-Inspired Artworks From Gallery 1988

Considering how they seem to have made it their mission to mount exhibitions based on our favorite pop culture things, it’s a little surprising that Los Angeles’ beloved Gallery 1988 has taken this long to put together a show dedicated to all things Whedon. But that day has arrived, with their Joss Whedon x Gallery 1988 show opening last weekend and running through September 27. And they were kind enough to share some of the best Buffy, Firefly, and Cabin in the Woods-inspired pieces with us, and you. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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.

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Proper Cultural Criticism for Serious Men: Introducing ‘Actually…’ Magazine

Blogging is all very well, but I think we can all agree that there’s a dearth of Serious Cultural Criticism these days. Happily, we’ve gotten word that some of our finest critics are putting together a new music magazine that will explain everything to lesser mortals — Actually… is a new home for the cultural explainers you never knew you were missing. We’re very excited to have gotten our hands on proofs of the cover and table of contents of the first issue. Click through to see what you’re going to learn, kids. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Notorious Celebrity Profiles, From M.I.A. to Chris Evans

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking some of the most notorious celebrity profiles from then and now. … Read More

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U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ iTunes Release Was About Relevance, Not Altruism

In 2014, it takes Apple and U2 to pull off a musical monoculture that rivals both Beyoncé’s 2013 sneak attack and Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want In Rainbows launch. The tech giants and the world-dominating rockers continued their decade-long business collaboration in a big way yesterday during the launch of Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and two different versions of the iPhone 6. Unbeknownst to the masses, Apple released U2’s unannounced but highly anticipated new album, Songs of Innocence, straight into the music library of every iTunes user worldwide. “This will be the largest album release in history. Over a half-billion people own it. Right now,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced, before Bono and co. closed out the presentation at Apple’s Cupertino, California campus with the album’s opening track, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).” … Read More

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