The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far

No poem in the preceding decade captured the spirit of the times more than Frederick Seidel’s “December.” The product of a Faustian pact, it fixed itself in a fiendish dialectic, a self-canceling logic that likewise trapped the reader like a dying fly — in the politics of the War on Terror, in the axiomatic hell of the Bush presidency. At the beginning of the new decade, we began to see the fuller, clearer expression of an anger stemming from the early 2000s, specifically from the fallout of Hurricane Katrina. Works like Nikky Finney’s Head Off & Split and Thomas Sayers Ellis’ Skin Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, in different ways, began to reshape the possibilities of American poetry. Now, halfway through the 2010s, we find ourself in a much more variegated American scene. And that change is both welcome and necessary. Below, you’ll find an admittedly idiosyncratic cross section of American poetry from 2010 to today, one that should open an aperture onto the prospects of a cautiously flourishing… Read More

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Newspaper Reporting Once Again Ranks Below Pest Control as “Worst Job”: Links You Need to See

Today is many things. It’s both #TaxDay and the day in history that the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It’s the day when CareerCast’s new rankings are making the rounds, and “newspaper reporter” yet again edges out everyone else for first place on the Worst Jobs Ever list. No longer revered as the Bob Woodwards and Carl Bernsteins of the world, reporters are now on the down and out, below funeral directors, garbage collectors, and pest control workers. I should have listened to my parents, who advised me that the world will, after all, always need morticians. … Read More

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Imagine if ‘The Returned’s’ Jeremy Sisto Starred in ‘Titanic’

There is an alternate world in which Jeremy Sisto, late of Suburgatory, forever of Clueless, and currently starring in A&E’s… Read More

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How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA

Earlier this year, John Waters — whose last movie, A Dirty Shame, was released a full decade ago — finally got the offer he’d been waiting for all this time. According to his hitchhiking chronicle Carsick, his very first driver was “Harris,” “an art school type” with a sideline in weed dealing who called himself a fan. They talked for a bit about movies before Harris asked the (five) million-dollar question: “How come you aren’t making a movie?” … Read More

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Earwax or the Badness of ‘Titanic’ : Links You Need to See

Have you seen those nifty black cotton swabs from Muji? They look really cool — well, about as cool as cotton swabs can look — but they actually suck. The whole point of cleaning your ears is looking at the resulting honey-colored gunk, a pleasure that’s wholly denied by the black cotton swabs! But, apparently, we shouldn’t even be cleaning our ears, regardless of the color of the cotton swabs. … Read More

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Why the ‘Realistic’ Young Adult Movie Is Coming Back

With the news that the movie rights to Rainbow Rowell’s stealth young adult hit Eleanor and Park got picked up by a big studio like Dreamworks, it’s time to start paying attention to a new trend of young adult adaptations of realistic teen stories. After all, these books take teen concerns seriously with a tone that hasn’t been seen since the heyday of John Hughes. … Read More

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Calendar Casts Retirement Home Residents as Beloved Film Characters

The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany is quashing fears of retirement as sedentary and of company calendars as soporifically laden with floral or sea-mammal imagery. The home has released its 2014 calendar (spotted via Gawker), which features its residents as characters in epochal films. If you were at any point unsure of the fates of the Rockies, Sally Bowleses, Bonds, or Poppinses, take a peek here into their flourishing (if scenically unchanged) later years, and rest assured that they’re having a grand old time. … Read More

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Hilarious Photos Recreating Famous Romantic Movie Scenes with an Adorable Dog

It takes a special man to re-create famous romantic movie scenes with a dog and not come off totally creepy. Redditor mmsspp has a soft spot for his boss’ dog, Wrigley. Inspired by the adorable canine companion, he decided to pose with the pup for hilarious snapshots that recall some of cinema’s mushier moments. The upside-down make out sesh in Spider-Man? Check. That manly embrace in Brokeback Mountain? Oh yes. See more hilarious odes to movie love from man and dog, which we first saw on Daily Dot, in our gallery. … Read More

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