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Spy Novels, Mice Brains, and the Neuroscience of Pleasure: Ned Beauman on ‘Glow’

There are some go-to mentionables about the novelist Ned Beauman, snippets or shorthand remarks that are true but work to obscure his literary gifts and value. It is often pointed out, for example, that Beauman was the youngest writer on Granta’s Best Young British Novelists of 2013. And it is now a given that his first two novels — Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident — recall the work of William Gibson and Thomas Pynchon. Both of these are fine things to write or say — and Beauman is unfailingly modest, a writer who is genuinely humbled to hear such things — but for me they don’t quite get at the consistency or quality of his work. Time after time, Beauman is able to capture a milieu, or totally invent one, in fleet, intelligent prose that is somehow analytic, beautiful, and comic all at the same time. When a new novel by Beauman arrives, I open it knowing that I’m going to be swept into an engaging, possibly ecstatic plot. I also know that I’ll be quoting it to all of my friends. … Read More

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Governors Ball 2015 Lineup Announced: Björk, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Black Keys

Festival season has kicked off early this year, with two major lineup announcements in as many days. First there… Read More

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Naked Dresses and Sparkly Beards: Links You Need To See

2014 was an important year for fashion. Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, and Joan Rivers all passed away, leaving enormous voids in the fashion world. Noted anti-Semite John Galliano was appointed as creative director of leading fashion house Maison Martin Margiela… … Read More

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Hitler in Brooklyn: On Martin Amis’ ‘The Zone of Interest’

Martin Amis’ new Holocaust novel, The Zone of Interest, is not about Adolf Hitler. Until, weirdly, it is. But for the first 295 pages, it is a difficult yet captivating book set in Auschwitz, one that reflects the atrocity of the Final Solution through the lusts and petty jealousies of Nazi officials. What begins as a romance between Angelus “Golo” Thomsen, fictional nephew of Hitler’s secretary, and Hannah Doll, wife of the pathetic and monstrous Kommandant, ends as a complicated moral tale that reveals the full spectrum of complicity in the Nazi horror. And it does all of this without once uttering the name “Hitler.” Or at least not until an afterword, fronted by a grainy image of the Führer, where Amis explains everything about the book that he doesn’t need to explain. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Moving to the Country

In a world where you have more options for satisfying your longform reading needs than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, their status as classics, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re trading the city life for an idyllic country move. … Read More

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Routine Interruptions on Tour

Presented by Heineken

Heineken and Flavorpill have now successfully interrupted approximately 500 routines (and made thousands of phone calls in the process), all around the country. The contest runs through this month, so there’s still time for you to win an interruption, too. Winners have escaped the ordinary by attending underground dance parties, speakeasies, and concerts in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and more. Check out photo highlights from Keep on Movin’, Honeycut, Lights Down Low, and Bang On! below, and remember: you’re only as fun as your last adventure. Enter to win your own Routine Interruption now! … Read More

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“Art Is Magic Interspersed Within Everyday Minutes”: Rachel Feinstein on Her Madison Square Park Installation, ‘Folly’

In 2008, I was lucky enough to view Rachel Feinstein’s solo show at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. There I admired what is perhaps her best-known sculpture, Puritan’s Delight, a gorgeous, glossy black carriage with a single light burning inside of it, as well as several of her paintings and other sculpture works in wood and clay. Feinstein does a sly kind of translation in her sculptural works, taking an image and then making and re-making it until it’s brand new, a version-of-a-version of the original inspiration. … Read More

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Gorgeous Large-Format Photos of Central Park at Night

We’re not Luddites here at Flavorwire, but I do have a soft spot for photographs shot on film, particularly when it utilizes the peerless detail and beauty of large format plates. So it goes with these spectacularly beautiful images of Central Park, which were taken by New Jersey photographer and large format devotee Michael Massaia, and which we spotted via Faith is Torment. The pictures were all taken at night — “between the hours of 2am and 6am” — and there’s a timeless, ghostly quality to them. There’s more of Massaia’s work at his website, and also a really fascinating video about his methods here. … Read More

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