Sesame Street

Everybody Calm Down About HBO’s ‘Sesame Street’ Deal

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When The New York Times reported the details of a new deal between HBO and the Sesame Workshop yesterday, in which the pay cable network will fund the iconic children’s program for five years in exchange for limited exclusivity of new episodes, the immediate reactions were mostly of the jokey, Game of Thrones/#TrueDetectiveSeason3 variety. But as the news spread, objections that the move “feels wrong” grew louder, and predictably enough, the thinkpiece parade began.
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Jaw-Droppingly Intricate Crayola Mini-Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

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There aren’t that many totally universal experiences, but it seems safe to say that most of us spent a fair amount of our childhood with a crayon in our hands (or, more accurately, in our hands and our mouths. Just me?). Yet after they’re broken or melted (or eaten!), most of us just throw them away — but not Hoang Tran. This multimedia artist ingeniously carves large crayons into icons of popular culture, with carefully applied melted wax from other crayons adding color accents. It sounds far too time-consuming and delicate for an impatient clod like your correspondent, but Tran’s done a ton of these amazing mini-sculptures, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites; check out the full assortment over at his Tumblr.
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