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An Art Therapist Analyzes George W. Bush’s New Paintings

Gawker recently published another six paintings by George W. Bush. Among the politician-turned-painter’s images are new subjects; after a slew of dogs, we were delighted to find cats(!), shells, a crucifix, and, erm, more dogs. Reactions to the new artwork have been fairly mixed. Some felt that Bush’s paintings were “sort of sweet.” “Guys. Stop making me feel sorry for George W. Bush,” urged another commenter. A less sympathetic viewer denounced the “dull drab emptiness” of the paintings, while others pondered the resemblance of one of the cats and its painter. Someone else considered the suggestive connotations of Bush’s shells. Overwhelmed by all the symbolism, we took the 43rd President to art therapy – well, not really, but we did speak to the art therapist Rachel Brandoff in an effort to clarify his paintings. Here’s what she had to say. … Read More

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Hilarious Photos of a Sophisticated Dog Dressed in Menswear

Our latest favorite single-serving Tumblr was discovered on website Honestly WTF: Menswear Dog. A dapper Shiba Inu dressed in Ralph Lauren, linen blazers, overpriced driving caps, and oxford shirts mugs for the camera — and that’s all we need. The three-year-old, New York City-based pup has true panache. “His interests include never washing his selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez, and sniffing fine a$$ bitches,” the Tumblr tells us. Show Menswear Dog some love in our gallery. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we looked at photos from the set of Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. We talked about a few things everyone will be happy to leave behind in 2012. We reviewed the history of book digitization. We looked back on the year in architecture. We remembered a few Saturday Night Live sketches that should have been movies. We collected more recommends for our Doomsday entertainment checklist. … Read More

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Sweet Portraits of Dogs Least Likely to Be Adopted

An animal’s breed and size are just a few of the characteristics that factor into how quickly the critter will be adopted. The dogs in photographer Lanola Stone’s images — which we first saw in her Behance portfolio — were some of the longest in residence at her local shelter, struggling to find a forever home due to their frequently misunderstood breed, age, and shabby appearance. Stone requested to assist in their adoption process, asking to photograph the “least likely to be adopted” group of pooches. Many of them had been living at the shelter for over six months. She wanted to capture each dog’s unique, loving personality and other quirks in their character to help them get noticed. The dogs pictured in our gallery after the break were eventually adopted thanks to her efforts. Stone’s photo work focuses on subtlety, simplicity, and small details — all of which are highlighted in her sweet dog portraits, below. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered some awesome chase scenes in films that didn’t involve cars. We laughed like fools at ADHD’s collaboration with Sick Animation, The Politician’s Little Boo Boos. We enjoyed Prospect’s GIF-savvy take on the 2012 election. We loved this five-year-old girl’s TED talk. We were curious about… Read More

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Poignant, Endearing Portraits of Shelter Dogs

An animal’s face is no different than a human’s. You can clearly see happiness, pain, confusion, and sadness in their expressions. Photographer Traer Scott’s portraits of shelter dogs, which we spotted on InspireFirst, tell silent stories through each animal’s furrowed brow, gray muzzle, and knowing gaze. Some of the dogs photographed were eventually adopted, but others never found a “forever home” (as rescue workers describe it). The photos are poignant and endearing, capturing each animal’s personality and spirit. Take Terrier, for example (who seems to be named after her breed). She’s a weary, old soul wrapped in her own fur coat (that haircut!), but a beautiful pup nonetheless. See more moving portraits of shelter dogs past the break. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we solved 29 movie mysteries. We mapped American stereotypes. We used a moving calculator to figure out how to pay our friends for their help. We watched Aimee Mann’s video for “Charmer” featuring look-alike Laura Linney. We spotted an artist who is… Read More

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Wonderful Photographs of Bulldogs Dressed as People from 1905

People from a century ago — they were just like us! Sure, they may not have had the power to make their wacky animal photos go viral on Tumblr, but believe us, that wasn’t stopping them from taking those pictures. Case in point: here’s a brief series of black-and-white portraits of bulldogs dressed as people that have been cataloged by the Library of Congress. All that’s known about these images is that they were created around 1905; the photographer and any context for the photos remain mysterious. Click through to have your day made by what basically amounts to the turn-of-the-century equivalent of an (incredibly adorable) Internet meme and let us know if you agree that they all look like Winston Churchill (except for the one that looks like Ernest Hemingway). … Read More

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10 of the Most Beloved Dogs in Literature

As July threatens to turn into August, and our hair seems irrevocably plastered to our foreheads, we’re feel like we’re squarely in that special time of year that our mothers used to call the “dog days of summer.” And dogged they are, but in truth, the phrase comes from the ancient Greek and Roman belief that Sirius, also known as the Dog Star for its prominence in Canis Major, controlled the hot weather. The Romans would sacrifice a brown dog at the beginning of summer to appease the sultry rage of Sirius, but our offering is a little more whimsical (and less bloody) — a list of a few of the most beloved pups in literature. Because after all, if sacrifices to stars don’t work, who better to help you actually enjoy the sweltering summer than man’s best friend? Click through to read our list, and of course, if we’ve spurned your favorite canine, sing his praises in the comments! … Read More

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Personality-Filled Portraits of Adorable Dogs

Living on a Wisconsin farm with 3 dogs, 18 cats, 10 horses, 2 ponies, 7 sheep, 30 chickens, 5 ducks, and 3 goats is a great endorsement when you’re an animal lifestyle photographer. Barbara O’Brien does, and she’s shot commercial work for everyone from Target to Purina, but it’s her Dog Face series that won our hearts.

O’Brien captured the personalities of adorable canines whose expressions say it all. You can tell exactly who’s a little shy or nervous, who’s mugging for the camera, and who’s oblivious and probably thinking about food or sleep. We love it and hope you do too. Check out the images past the break, and then head to the artist’s Behance page for more sweet and spunky pups. … Read More

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