As the unveiling of our “Best Movies of 2015” list inches closer and our lists of runners-up continue, we offer up a little something for those of you with limited funds, limited time, or limited access to the big year-end flicks: ten great movies you can watch on Netflix from the comfort of your own home, this very minute, by simply clicking the …Read More
It’s a pretty busy day on the new release shelf, with one of the summer’s biggest hits and most acclaimed movies making the most noise. But there are plenty of off-beat bets as well, from a drama about two writers to a documentary about two writers to a throwback screwball comedy to a welcome re-release of “the most dangerous movie ever made.”
Here at Flavorwire, we’ve established a proud tradition of surveying great insults — but it’s nothing compared to the millennia-old tradition of commentators and satirists lobbing invective at the politicians of their time. With election season upon us, it seemed a good time to round up a selection of the best examples of this particular variety of insults — click through for 30 of the best/funniest/nastiest.
America’s Hardest-Working Sexual Revolutionary/Public Intellectual: ‘Empire of Self’ Author Jay Parini on Gore Vidal
“My goal in writing this book,” Jay Parini explains in the introduction to Empire of Self, his new biography of Gore Vidal, “has been to look at the angel and the monster alike.” There is — it’s safe to say after reading the book — plenty of grist to back up either point of view.
October is traditionally one of the best months for both fiction and nonfiction, and this year is no different. But instead of taking up precious real estate to argue this point here in the introduction, I’ll just casually prove it by listing some books I left off the list this month:
It’s a busy weekend at the movies—one of the busier of the summer—with several high-profile blockbusters and indies competing for your attention. So here’s our thumbnail guide to what’s out, and what your Flavorwire’s had to say about them:
If even these two witty, well-educated, well-mannered men of letters couldn’t keep their on-air interactions from degenerating into cheap shots and name-calling, who …Read More
According to the National Ocean Service, almost 40 percent of the American population lives in a county located directly on a shoreline. If you then imagine America as a giant sanitation vehicle, and if you also figure that most Americans can read, then you arrive at a simple conclusion: we are all, in one way or another, human literary trashcans destined for the beach. With this in mind, here is a selection of the most interesting literary trash of 2015 so …Read More
Marilyn Monroe made the character Lorelei Lee famous after her portrayal of the diamond-loving gold-digger in the 1953 Howard Hawks musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But author Anita Loos, who was born on this day, invented the outrageous blonde in her 1925 Jazz-Age novel of the same name. Written in the form of Lorelei’s diary, spelling mistakes and all, Loos captures the character’s personality and obsession with wealth and status in the opening entry. These other fictional diaries are equally telling, revealing powerful themes and insights into each character from the very first page. It’s also fascinating to see how the diary format has often been relied upon to express the inner world of fictional women throughout literature.
The little man shook his great head. “I have been to many countries. I’ve done many things. Now I play piano at Le Couteau Rouge.”
“What do you know about a woman named Hélène de Rastignac, a French countess?”
Le Mouche sighed. “Many things. I know, for instance, that she is not French, but Alexandrian, and I know that she is not a countess.”
“But is she rich?”
“I shouldn’t be surprised.”
“Was she a spy in the war?”
“Everyone in Cairo was a spy. It was the thing to be.”