2012 Olympics

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. David Rakoff, a frequent This American Life contributor and the author of the Thurber Prize for American Humor-winning essay collection Half Empty, has died at only 47 years old. Read a brief but touching obituary at The Awl.

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Beautiful Portraits of Londoners Around the World

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The Photographers Gallery in London invited 204 photographers around the globe to participate in an ambitious outdoor exhibition that celebrates Londoners in different countries — each one originating from the competing nations in this year’s Olympics. “The World in London celebrates London as a place where individuals from all parts of the world live side by side, each of them contributing to make London the unique city it is,” the gallery’s website explains. You can visit the beautiful, intimate portraits — which website It’s Nice That tipped us off to — at two venues: Victoria Park until August 12 and Park House through August 30. If you’re not in London, click through to see more photos, then visit the project’s website to hear the personal stories behind each image.
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Legendary British Icons Nibbled Out Of Cookies

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To celebrate Britain, and in honor of this year’s Olympics, London-based designer Dominic Wilcox nibbled his way through 30 boxes of McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, leaving a series of British landmarks in his wake. It wasn’t all fun and cookies, however. “One problem I had,” Wilcox writes over at Dezeen, “was when I got distracted by the radio and then looked back to see I had eaten the Loch Ness monster.” So, er, maybe it was all fun and cookies. Click through to see what Wilcox came up with, and the next time you eat a cookie, see if you can make it into your own favorite local landmark. Or just eat it.
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