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.
2. Your daily Olympics Closing Ceremony gossip update: In addition to yesterday’s … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we discovered the American towns that have the most unfortunate names. We found out that Guantanamo Bay detainees are obsessively watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We remembered Devo at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and then we visited the London Olympics in 1908. We spotted a pulsating … Read More
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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Today at Flavorpill, we couldn’t wait to go to the pizza museum in Philadelphia, and then we pondered pizza tacos. We wished recreational vehicle Airstream a happy birthday. We chatted about Natalie Portman’s wedding gown. We compared how the poor and the middle class spend their money. We read stories… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wished we could see the looks on a bunch of Rhode Islanders’ faces when they found out their 1979 Who concert tickets were redeemable for a 2013 show. We wanted this Irish Olympic commentator to narrate everything, forever. We wondered if this Korean song is the new… Read More
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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Today at Flavorpill, we discovered a new Bible translation that has been formatted like a screenplay. We were happy to see cartoonist Chris Ware and literary comics mainstay D&Q get behind Rookie Yearbook One, which will be published next month. We looked at images from Joss Whedon’s low-budget take on Much… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we watched a tribute to Muhammad Ali that played during the Olympic opening ceremonies, created by remix master Steve Porter. We found out dumps are currently overflowing with old pianos, which sounded sad and strangely beautiful. We got the details on all the food and drink name-dropping Rick… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned 50 pick up lines for Olympians. We discovered a charity group that provides bullied teens with free plastic surgery. We wondered if one-night stands were empowering or soul-crushing. We liked seeing the Louvre’s classical sculptures dressed in contemporary clothes. We finally found out… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we read up on the newest mock meat that freaked reviewers out. We learned 10 things we didn’t know about London’s Olympics. We reimagined Disney princesses as women of color. We listened to Scarlett Johansson cover Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie and Clyde.” We watched Chris… Read More