Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono Is For Everyone

In October 2000, right around what would have been John Lennon’s 60th birthday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened one of its most extensive exhibits ever, in honor of Lennon’s life and (mostly non-Beatles) work. Amidst the expected artifacts — handwritten lyrics, grammar-school report cards, the white baby grand from the “Imagine” video — sat one that was horrifying: a bag from New York’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital containing the clothes Lennon was wearing on the night Mark David Chapman shot him outside the Dakota. Coupled with Lennon’s glasses, caked in 20-year-old blood, this corner of the exhibit was intended as an emotional climax. Even at 13 years old, the weight of these artifacts impressed upon me a jaded anger: How could someone have violently ripped Lennon from this world when all he wanted was to make it a peaceful place? … Read More

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Courtney Love in the Continuum of Yoko Ono and Marina Abramović: An Excerpt From Anwen Crawford’s 33 1/3 on Hole’s ‘Live Through This’

It’s no surprise that among Flavorwire staffers, Hole’s masterpiece Live Through This remains an all-time favorite. Back in April, when the album turned 20, we tapped some of our favorite musicians and music writers to dissect the album track by track. Reading Australian music critic Anwen Crawford’s new 33 1/3 chapbook on Live Through This, however, I got a sense that there are endless words for art as complicated as this. … Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: Lives of the Muses

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the tangled lines of inspiration and sex in the stories behind some of art’s greatest muses. … Read More

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All Hail the bell hooks Creepline: 15 Pithy Kiss-Offs From Famous Feminists

In case you haven’t heard of the latest great tool for 21st-century women, there’s now a phone number that will respond to calls or texts with bell hooks quotes. Which makes it absolutely perfect as a fake number to hand out to creeps when you don’t feel safe politely declining their advances. Drop some feminist knowledge on their asses, huzzah! … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: The Lake Waco Murders, Geoff Dyer on LA

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This week, Yoko Ono, Geoff Dyer in Los Angeles, the Lake Waco murders, and more. … Read More

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10 Creative Women Over 80 You Should Know

She’s a Broadway legend and an Emmy-winning television actress (playing Jack Donaghy’s mama on 30 Rock) — and now Elaine Stritch is the subject of a vérité-style documentary, which looks back on her colorful career. The brassy 89-year-old actress (then 87) contemplates mortality, retirement, and her domination of the stage and screen in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. The Chiemi Karasawa documentary raises familiar questions about career longevity and the innate compulsion to create — all of which are surely on the minds of these incredibly creative women who are also octogenarians (and a few nonagenarians). They seem unstoppable, despite what their ages would have you believe. … Read More

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CrossFit 4 Tots, Lady Taco, and ‘Goodnight Dune': The Links You Need to See

The Halloween episode is a sitcom staple, and maybe next year you can dress up as your favorite TV character’s favorite Halloween costume (how’s that for a layered idea?) If you’re worried about all of the discount candy you’ll be buying at the drug store tomorrow, just think of the poor trick-or-treaters who… Read More

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Real Performance Art Weddings That Look a Whole Lot More Fun Than Sean Parker’s

Yesterday, Vanity Fair treated us to an inside look at the deeply strange wedding of Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas. Everyone has made copious fun of the wedding on social media for its half-assed (and frankly a little creepy) blend of the Celtic fringe, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings aesthetics. Yet is notable not so much for the nerdiness of it (more power to nerds!) as for the havoc it wreaked on the local environment (which Parker denies with only middling convincingness). In an attempt at self-justification, Parker claims that he and his bride were trying to make “performance art.” He is hardly the first to try to describe wedding ceremony in this way; all weddings incorporate an element of performance. … Read More

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