‘GQ’ Needs to Lay Off One Direction’s Female Fans

This week, British GQ ran afoul of a bunch of young women on the Internet when it posted excerpts from an upcoming interview with the members of the boy band One Direction. (The entire interview is not online.) For the uninitiated in the matter of One Direction — hey, old people exist — they are the current Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, or Beatles in terms of pop culture phenomenon. The deployment of hair gel differs slightly from the their predecessors, and someone more versed in the principles of melody and harmony can tell you more about the quality of their work than I can. But the thing that places them in the legacy of these prior bands is that One Direction are viewed as a “girl thing,” which fact GQ decided to underline by asking them endless questions about “groupies” and their “number,” sex-wise. … Read More

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Read Through the Finalists for the 2012 National Magazine Awards

Yesterday, the American Society of Magazine Editors announced the finalists for the 2012 National Magazine Awards, which judge American publications as a whole as well as specific articles within them. Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ, New York, The New Yorker and Vice are all nominated for overall excellence in the field of general interest magazines, Glamour, More, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and W are nominated for women’s interest, and The American Scholar, Aperture, IEEE Spectrum, The New Republic and Virginia Quarterly Review are nominated in the “Thought-Leader” category.

You should take a peek at those titles at your leisure, and check out the full list of finalists here, but we were more interested in the finalists in most of the major article categories. We’ve put together a handy list for you, with links to the nominated work. Yet again, we were flabbergasted and discouraged by the lack of female writers here — of the categories we looked at, they are only nominated in the Public Interest and Fiction sections. Regardless, there’s a lot of good writing here, so click through to get a handle on the ASME nominees, and let us know who you think should take home the prizes in the comments. … Read More

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Awesome Infographic: Steve Jobs' Spheres of Influence

Though the media’s frantic reeling from the loss of Steve Jobs has abated a bit, the discussions on his influence over technology, business and the world at large have not, and probably will not for years to come. To further the discussion, GQ has put together a great infographic — or as they call… Read More

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‘GQ’ Names the Worst Dressed Cities in America

The blazer-loving editors over at GQ just released a list of the 40 most “sartorially challenged metropolises” in America, and we’re saddened to report that all of Flavorpill’s favorite cities — from Los Angeles (“Fantasy-dressing reigns: men dress like boys, women like tweens, and middle-aged women like the trophy wives they once were”) to Dallas (“Forget J.R. Ewing. The 21st century Big D douchebag favors Fight Club frosted tips and whisked jeans over Stetsons and ostrich-skin boots”) to Seattle (“The city that made plaid cool is somehow still wearing it, 20 years post-Nevermind“) — made the cut, so to speak. Click through to see where your hometown falls on the list, and let us know if you agree with these seemingly random rankings in the comments. … Read More

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Now and Then: Vintage and Contemporary Magazine Covers

Culture is an ever-evolving beast, it’s true. We may not be completely sure where it’s going, but we do know where it’s been, and how better to track our progress than by looking at the changes in the most popular (and enduring) lifestyle and culture magazines in American culture? We’ve already taken a look at redesigned book covers, but magazines are a more immediate reflection of our selves – like advertisements, they’re a reflection of a cultural ideal. Plus, well, they’re fun to look at. Click through to see the vintage covers and contemporary redesigns of your favorite American rags, and let us know if you think we’re changing for the better or worse. … Read More

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Conversation Pieces: 5 New Articles Worth Discussing This Weekend

Welcome to Conversation Pieces, where Flavorpill curates five articles from the past week that you should read. Some are long, others are short. Some are from major publications, others aren’t. The only thing all these articles have in common is that they’re interesting. This week, we cover the shortage of women writers in 2010, the art of editing, how you can earn lots of money by fostering the infidelity of others, Billy Ray Cyrus’s regrets about making his daughter famous, and more. After the jump, find something exciting to discuss this weekend in the home, at the bar, or on the street. … Read More

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The Most Interesting Quotes from Winona Ryder’s GQ Profile

Yesterday the internet went crazy when a new GQ interview with Winona Ryder went up online. In it, the actress claims to have known that Mel Gibson was a crazy anti-Semitic more than 15 years before the rest of us did. She also struggles to work her iPhone, refers to “TMZ” as “TZM”, and says that she has no idea who Justin Bieber is. We were also delighted to find out that she thought that Tim Burton was a prop guy at her Beetlejuice audition and that Timothy Leary (yes, that one) is her godfather. The full story on Gibson, and more interesting quotes from Ryder — who we’d like to note the writer describes as “too old to coquette and too young to cougar” — after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. According to her stepdad John Lydon, Ari Up, frontwoman for British punk rock band The Slits, has died at the age of 48 from an undisclosed serious illness. [via NME]
2. Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione — known for his soft-focus style, super-explicit photography — has died at the age of… Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we questioned the necessity of Glee star Lea Michele posing in her underwear for a creepster photographer like Terry Richardson in GQ. We eyed these beautiful chandeliers made from old bike parts. We listened to Mark Ronson’s cover of Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait.” We… Read More

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