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“Problem,” “Royals,” and Other Pop Songs Transformed into Flowery Sonnets

Although the two forms of poetry were borne of vastly different eras, sonnets and pop songs actually have a lot in common: they follow a pretty standard formula, they’re short and sweet, and often, their subject is love. One blog noticed these similarities and fused them together into “Pop Sonnets,” rewriting the lyrics of pop songs into sonnet form. The results are hilarious and brilliant — Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s “Problem,” for instance, goes from “I should be wiser/ And realize that I’ve got/ One less problem without you,” to “I dream of days before our love was marred/ By infidelities and sordid lies/ — Too fanciful to learn that, should we part/ The load of problems’d lift off my heart.” Read the rest of “Problem’s” sonnet-ification below, along with updated poetic versions of “Call Me Maybe,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Stacy’s Mom,” and other pop gems. … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: The Sisters Brothers

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: the homicidal cowboy brothers from Patrick DeWitt’s recent Booker-shortlisted novel, The Sisters Brothers. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Paul McCartney has announced that he will release a new album in February that will feature guest appearances by Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton and a mix of covers of “songs he was inspired by during his childhood,” as well as two original compositions. [via NME]

2. In case you’re curious, … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Patrick Bateman

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: American Psycho‘s über-fit antihero, Patrick Bateman. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Bon Jovi — who raked in over $200 million on their global Circle Tour — has beaten AC/DC and U2 to score the highest grossing tour of 2010. Lady Gaga came in fourth, taking in a whopping $133.6 million from her Little Monsters. [via NME]

2. Reese Witherspoon is engaged to her… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we read veterans’ six word memoirs on coming home from war. We got unwanted sex advice from the Double Rainbow Guy. We tried to follow Rachael Ray’s complicated recipe for “bacon.” We discovered that Drew Carey spent six years in the Marines. We were… Read More

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Pic of the Day: Bon Jovi in a Groupie Sandwich

Photographer Ross Marino snapped this image of Bon Jovi back in 1985. The budding rock star was only 22 years old at the time, and promoting his second album, 7800°Fahrenheit. [via The Daily Mail]

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Is “Hallelujah” a Musical Meme?

Unless you’ve been hiding behind a typewriter for the last decade, you should know that there is a rich history of various Internet memes that can rapidly ensnare pop-culture. They range from mocking the mind-boggling public decisions of Kanye West to Keyboard Cat to an endless series satirizing 300 but Justin Timberlake’s performance on the Hope for Haiti telethon should cement a new musical meme: The… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we enjoyed this slideshow of the 10 most brutalized wangs in movie history. We went window shopping in communist Europe. We read Smurf facts. We were excited to see the hospital drama parody “Children’s Hospital” will make the leap from the web to Adult Swim. We weren’t surprised… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill when we were supposed to be busy working… we swore never to tangle with these ninja cats; we toasted to research that suggests that smart people are drunks; we sang along to the “Seven Levels of Christmas” thanks to Flavorpill Chicago Managing Editor Audrey Mast; we shook our heads… Read More

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