You Can Buy Sia’s Breath for a Good Cause: Links You Need To See

Being the President of the United States of America comes with a lot of expectations. It’s very surprising, but we expect the ruler of the free world to be great at everything. This is kind of impossible, so it’s not that surprising that Michael Jordan called Obama out for being a “shitty” golfer. … Read More

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The Shocking True Story of My Life With a Flip Phone

When Anna Wintour debuted her flip phone in September at the US Open, it was time for a certain swath of New York media to freak out. In a Matter piece titled “The Coolest Girl You Know Probably Uses a Flip Phone,” Chiara Atik writes, “For a long time, having the most expensive new phone with the most impressive technological capabilities was a status symbol: now, it seems kind of desperate.” TIME went deep on a subset of “millennials who don’t have smartphones,” musing on whether or not it’s normcore and dropping some Forrester Research stats: “29% of internet-using American adults don’t use smartphones as their main phones. That figure includes 15% of 18-24 year olds and 13% of 25-34 year olds.” … Read More

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7 Totally Lame Movie Sequel Plot Twists

Entertainment Weekly’s big new cover story on the upcoming Terminator: Genisys (yes, that’s actually spelling it, this is not a gag) has got fans of the series plenty riled up — and for good reason. It seems that the geniuses behind the flick have gone and screwed up the story’s mythology in a pretty major way, creating an epic “ret-con”/continuity issue that would be shocking, were it not so common among sequels to beloved movies. You’ll find the spoiler after the jump, along with a few other examples of sequels that asked us to swallow some pretty strange reveals. … Read More

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10 Creepy and Haunting Poems About Ghosts, Madness, and Fairy Abductions

With Halloween coming up and spookiness in the air, it seemed like a good time to share ten of the most haunting, uncanny, and unsettling poems — that are also the most beautiful. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Preview Miranda July’s Riot Grrrl-Inspired Artworks From ‘Alien She’

Riot grrrl was responsible for many good things: some awesome music, some similarly excellent writing, and a huge influence on the course of third-wave feminism. One aspect that doesn’t get quite the attention it warrants, however, is the movement’s aesthetic, which manifested in everything from zines and album art to video work and beyond, and made a lasting impression on artists who have been inspired and informed by riot grrrl’s ideas. Happily, an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is focusing on this very topic — the show is called Alien She (after the Bikini Kill song of the same name) and encompasses artwork from Miranda July, Allyson Mitchell, LJ Roberts, Stephanie Syjuco, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Tammy Rae Carland. We’re delighted to premiere a selection of July’s artwork from the show. … Read More

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In Praise of Literary Failure

I’ll be honest: I’m baffled by the contemporary mania for the slogan “fail better.” Sure, in context, I appreciate Samuel Beckett’s famous line, but I can’t shake the notion that it comes from a piece called Worstward Ho. “Ever tried,” he writes, “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The way it’s often used today, “fail better” implies that we’re lurching and stumbling, toddler-like, toward a better world. But the speaker in Beckett’s fiction isn’t moving toward success; he’s moving worstward. If we take the Oxford English Dictionary’s first-order definition of failure as a “lack of success,” we can appreciate that to fail better is to screw up more drastically, more spectacularly than ever before. To “fail better” is to lurch and stumble ever closer to the abyss. … Read More

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13 Great Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween Weekend

There are four kinds of adults on Halloween night: the ones who take their kids trick-or-treating; the ones who stay home to give those kids candy; the ones who go out to parties dressed as sexy Ebola nurses or whatever; and the ones who shut off their lights, pretend they’re not home, and binge on horror movies. If you’re in the latter category, this post is for you. Earlier this month, our fringe horror expert Alison Nastasi offered up a few off-the-beaten path Netflix picks. If you’re still looking, here are a few more conventional picks, along with a couple of recent faves and some choices from other streaming services as… Read More

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A Feminist BDSM Expert Weighs in on Jian Ghomeshi

Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has claimed that the multiple abuse allegations from women he’s dated (with more alleged victims speaking up daily, bringing the total up to 8) were actually consensual BDSM — and his defenders have picked up the rallying cry. Given this, we decided to catch up with Clarisse Thorn, author of The S&M Feminist, to clarify some of the issues and myths about alternative sexuality that have come up surrounding the story. Here are a few highlights from our chat. … Read More

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‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Episode 4 Recap: “Edward Mordrake: Part 2″

This, the most genuinely scary episode yet, was much more fitting for Halloween. Part two of the Edward Mordrake story opens with a plume of his green smoke as he and his second demon face interview all of the freaks about their pasts, and find out why they are where they are. We learn about Paul and Suzi, their history in dealing with the injustices of un-ordinary people, but they aren’t who Mordrake is looking to add to his collection of freaks. No, at first, that seems to be Elsa. … Read More

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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Asked to Play Max in ‘Hocus Pocus’ : Links You Need to See

In case you’d like a soundtrack for the incoming deluge of links, Haim’s collabo with Calvin Harris is the perfect, fast-paced electro-anthem to help you feel a sense of deliberateness as you meander through this web of distraction. The song would also, of course, be great to dance to, but this simply isn’t the place for that, partially because: … Read More

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