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Lena Dunham Emails Zadie Smith About Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj, Plus Other Revelations from the ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ Tour

Last night, Lena Dunham brought her 12-city book tour behind Not That Kind of Girl back home with a variety show of quirk, feminism, and friendship for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Unbound series. The 90-minute event moved quickly, starting with cat-driven stand-up from Mike Birbiglia and a three-song set from Jack Antonoff of fun. and Bleachers (familiar to Not That Kind of Girl readers in the role of good-guy boyfriend). Dunham read two pieces from her nonfiction collection — an essay about her younger sister, Grace, and one of the book’s humorous lists of gaffes — to the intimate crowd, which included her mother Laurie Simmons and actor Jon Glaser (Parks and Recreation) sitting in the front row. Then the show really began. … Read More

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The Best Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes for 2014

Halloween: great fun if you love dressing up, the source of a sort of ongoing low-level panic attack if you don’t. But either way, we’ve got you covered for relevant, up-to-date 2014-themed ideas — while everyone else is going as Pharrell at the Grammys or Jared Leto at the Oscars, you can go as Rust Cohle, or the mighty VULVATRON, or the state of Colorado! You’re more than… Read More

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Potatoes Aren’t Contraceptives: Links You Need to See

This is an oddly political day, and for that, I apologize. Much to the chagrin of lazy Americans everywhere — but mostly Republicans, heh — the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008. Only 6% of Americans are currently of “unemployed” status. Nearly 248,000 jobs were created last month, too. That’s a lot of jobs. Some would even say that’s close to a quarter-of-a-million jobs. Suddenly it seems like so much more! But then, who wants a “job” job, anyway, when you can spend a month-and-then-some writing while traveling the country on Amtrak? … Read More

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50 Cultural Icons on What They Were Like as Teenagers

It’s hard out there for a teenager. It’s even kind of hard out there for those of us who used to be teenagers — especially in these back-to-school months, when the nostalgia comes creeping up like those floods we used to wear and never, ever should again. But you know who was probably even stranger than you in high school? Your favorite cultural icon. Or maybe not — as is only to be expected, some had joyful (and/or prank-filled) teenage years, some suffered tragedies, some were completely weird, some were popular, and some deserve our respect for even getting through. Click through to read 50 cultural icons on their teenage… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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 recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve… Read More

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With New Music and No Label, There’s Hope for Azealia Banks Yet

Today, Twitter beefmaster and onetime “one to watch” Azealia Banks released her second post-major label single, “Chasing Time.” On it, Banks returns to the house influences she navigated impressively in her 2012 mixtape, Fantasea, mixing them with fresh new sounds recalling the work of up-and-coming UK producer SOPHIE. But more than that, she channels her frustrations with Universal Music Group, which signed her in early 2012 to Interscope on the strength of single “212” but delayed her debut LP into nonexistence, into its catchy chorus: “Am I chasing time? ‘Cause I wasted all mine on you/ Shut my watch, I had the future in my pocket/ But I lost it when I gave it to you.” Keep in mind, this is the label she begged to be dropped from, repeatedly, via Twitter. When she finally was dumped this past July, after two years and one EP (2012’s 1991), Banks declared, “Free at last.” … Read More

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Oh My God, Becky, Look at These Highlights from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Reddit AMA

Poor Sir-Mix-a-Lot has – how can one say it without sounding slightly… anal? – been pigeonholed as the guy who… Read More

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Body Parts Can’t Be “Trendy,” No Matter How Big Butts Get

In the past, a tone-deaf Vogue feature might’ve been peak Columbusing. But we live in exciting times, so “We’re Officially in the Era of the Big Booty” was just the beginning! First, the New York Times hopped On It with a trend piece, published (where else?) in the Styles section and titled (what else?) “For Posterior’s Sake.” And now there’s the video for Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty,” which looks like the result of the world’s worst record exec hypothetical: “What if we made ‘Anaconda,’ but without the fun, relevance, or gleeful destruction of phallic symbols? Also, let’s put Iggy Azalea in there.” … Read More

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Nicki Minaj Graces the Cover of Autumn/Winter ‘Dazed and Confused’

Nicki’s having a moment. With her collaboration with Beyoncé, three performances at this year’s VMA‘s, never-ending theorization about… Read More

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