valentine’s day

Unusual Library Collections Around the World

Imagine walking into the home of a recently deceased resident after getting a mysterious phone call about a massive collection of maps. That’s what happened to Glen Creason, the map librarian at Los Angeles Central Library and author of Los Angeles in Maps. Creason walked out of the home with boxes of historical maps and coveted city guides that instantly doubled the library’s collection. L.A.-based filmmaker Alec Ernest captured the story of Creason and an unknown map collector named John Feathers in a mesmerizing short film about the beauty and power of physical objects, and the strange passions people have for them. Ernest’s film inspired us to travel libraries around the world and explore their unique and sometimes bizarre collections. … Read More

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‘New Girl’ Season 4 Episode 15 Recap: “The Crawl”

Not since Parks and Rec‘s “Galentine’s Day” have I seen a Valentine’s Day-themed episode of anything that successfully plays the friendship card — until last night. “The Crawl” was an unfettered look at what it’s like when Nick Miller, anti-planner extraordinaire, calls the shots. And it was as glorious as a slightly contrived holiday-themed sitcom episode gets. … Read More

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Love, Lust, Legos and, of Course, Ron Swanson: Links You Need to See

Today is Tuesday, which means it’s time for Parks and Recreation. While watching the newer episodes may be a bittersweet experience — as the show’s final season winds its way to completion — there will always be deleted scenes to look forward to. Here, for example, is a deleted scene of Ron Swanson doing what he does best: using a series of clues, each more intricate than the next, to solve a puzzle. Though the meaning of a “mental sextant” remains unclear, it seems completely relevant, in that it sounds like something you might see in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, out this Friday. … Read More

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15 Valentine’s Day Presents for Cinephiles

The best Valentine’s Day gifts come from the heart, and speak to your partner’s passions and the special relationship you share. While February 14 often feels like a gross Hallmark holiday, there’s nothing wrong with getting the one you love a little something — especially if it’s inspired by their fascination for film. After all, true love is still alive on the big screen. Here are some great Valentine’s Day gifts that will win points with the movie maven in your life and elevate you to leading lady/man status. … Read More

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Cinema’s Lessons on Love: 20 Quotes From the Heart

“I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity,” says Amy Adams’ Amy to Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore in Spike Jonze’s Her. And yet, the world is full of people fixated on finding that one true love — if the number of movies on the subject is any indication. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we looked to the annals of cinema for a few lessons on love. This is what the movies have to say about dating, loving, and what it means to be helplessly devoted to someone… Read More

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25 Culturally Relevant Valentine’s Day Gifts

Chocolate! Flowers! Little beady-eyed bears holding plush hearts! No, put down your sugarcoated wallets: these are no gifts for the culture connoisseur you so ardently adore. Instead, why not earn your kisses with something a little more creative, a little more interesting, and (probably) a little more useful? Here’s a selection of romantic and culturally relevant V-Day gifts for your plugged-in sweetie. You’re… Read More

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Monochrome Floral Portraits Sure to Please Your Inner Goth

New York-based photographer Daniel Seung Lee, who we learned about on The Fox is Black, wanted to study the texture and shape of flowers by removing the color from his images. The still lifes are striking monochrome portraits that reveal the subtleties of natural forms, but the photos are also fitting for the post-Valentine’s Day haze. Here are flowers made beautiful in black, sure to please your inner nihilist, goth, or crank. … Read More

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The 10 Best NBC Valentine’s Day Episodes of the ’90s

The ’90s were a great decade for NBC, and my favorite era in the network’s history. It had a nice batch of sitcoms, most of which made up the “Must See TV” Thursday-night lineup (a lineup that was, overall, superior to the current “Comedy Night Done Right” block). The sitcoms were an eclectic mix, but they all had one thing in common: excellent holiday-themed episodes. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always popular in the sitcom world, but Valentine’s Day is the one that provides the best material for a fun half-hour of television. Here are the ten best Valentine’s Day episodes from that decade, perfect for revisiting whether you love or hate the holiday. … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Sex Jam

If you’re looking to show your significant other a proper Valentine’s Day, you need a proper soundtrack to go along with it. Whether you’re the type who spends bags of money to hire a violin quartet to accompany your romantic dinner or a straight-up slow-jams fan, V-Day requires just the right amount of mood music. … Read More

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The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of… Read More

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