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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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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The 7 Ages of the Boy Band

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Yes, One Direction have a new album, and yes, suddenly respected music writers (both here and elsewhere) are adamant that the band has graduated from genuine teeny cultural phenomenon to, um, genuine non-teeny cultural phenomenon. Of course, if you’re old and jaded, you’ve seen this trajectory play out many times before. One Direction are just progressing through The Seven Ages of the Boy Band, a series of phases that lead from insane popularity through break-up, obscurity, and redemption. Here’s our definitive account of exactly how this narrative arc works!
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