Douglas Rushkoff

Waiting for the End of the World: ‘Fallout’ and the Lure of the Apocalypse

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Over the last couple of months, I’ve been obsessed with the Fallout series of video games. This isn’t an unusual development in and of itself — I have the sort of personality that dictates that if I like a book or a film or a game, I want to immerse myself in it 24/7 and read everything about it. And the Fallout games are great. They’re prime examples of why video games can be compelling art, four consecutive masterpieces of storytelling and world-building. But the strange thing is this: I’ve found myself starting to look forward to my forays into the Fallout world, not just to advance the plot or increase my character’s level or something, but as a sort of alternative world into which I can escape from this one.
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Flavorwire Staffers’ Favorite Books of 2013

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With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire’s favorite books of 2013, from 800-page epics to tell-all memoirs.
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Baby Boomer Cultural Tyranny Is Dead: The Smiths Top NME’s Greatest Albums Ever List

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Clearly, pretty much any list that promises to provide you with “the 500 greatest albums of ALL TIME” will deliver no such thing. Trying to reduce the relative merits of wildly different albums into an objective numerical rank is clearly a fool’s game, but everyone does it (including, ahem, us) because the only thing music geeks like more than reading lists is arguing about them. With all those caveats out of the way, though, there seems to be something notable about the NME‘s recent list of, yes, the 500 greatest albums of all time, mainly because of what is picked as #1: The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead.
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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 each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the 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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