10 TV Events to Look Out For in August

We’re so close to the beginning of the fall 2014 television season! Come September, we’ll have more TV... Read More
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That Is NOT a Mouse: Links You Need to See

Today’s links all seem unified by unfathomable realities: how is it that we accepted the hokeyness of ’90s Batman movies? Why are scientists creating mice that look like used condoms? Why do people travel to the middle of the desert to see oversize vulvae? And how is it that, lacking the power to fly, we Muggles are still chasing after Quaffles and Snitches? … Read More

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Fred Armisen’s on the Phone for You

Presented by Heineken

A pay phone rings on a busy street corner. You’re rushing back to work, already thinking about your next meeting, but… Should you answer it? What if Fred Armisen was on the other end? He spent an afternoon calling a random NYC pay phone. Watch what happens when these strangers dare to pick up. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: David Simon Returns to HBO, ‘The League’ Gets a Premiere Date

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Jim Gaffigan finally gets a sitcom, two networks try out alien dramas, and casting news for GirlsThe Blacklist, and others. … Read More

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Remarkable, Otherworldly Photos of Icelandic Landscapes

It’s remarkable what a camera can do to reality. When you first see these photos by British photographer Dan Holdsworth, you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking at — abstract geometric designs? Computer-generated fractal landscapes? The surface of the moon? In fact, the images are all of glaciers in that most photogenic of countries, Iceland. They’re part of a series called Blackout, which we spotted via Faith is Torment, and while the idea of printing large-scale negatives can be gimmicky in the hands of the wrong artist, the fact that these images are presented as negatives only makes them more striking and otherworldly. They’re like staring into some impossible world, both strangely familiar and entirely alien. You can see more of Holdsworth’s work at his website. … Read More

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“I’m a Fan of All Abortion Movies!”: John Waters Interviews Isabelle Huppert at Lincoln Center

If I asked you to guess John Waters’ favorite actress, you’d probably come up with some obscure B-movie diva or tough-as-nails Old Hollywood broad. But you’d be wrong. As the crowd at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater learned last night, Waters is fully in awe of Isabelle Huppert, the brilliant French actress who’s known for her limit-pushing collaborations with Europe’s most challenging directors, from Michael Haneke to Claude Chabrol to Claire Denis. … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Eating Along With Nora Ephron

Food in Nora Ephron’s writing and filmmaking is nearly impossible to sum up in a short essay, as the love of food, pleasure, and the senses infused a great deal of Ephron’s work. As they say in Julie & Julia: “You can never have too much butter.” What’s admirable about it is that Nora was singular: I wonder, in all honestly, whether a woman writing today writing about food in the way that Ephron did would generally be shunted to the side as only a food writer, doyenne of the feminine and frilly. Ephron had it all — she was a serious writer and she took on topics that could be dismissed as frilly with her formidable intelligence. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: ‘The Memory Garden’ Author Mary Rickert on Witchcraft, Abortion, Genre Fiction, and Feminism

Mary Rickert’s The Memory Garden, which reviewers are calling “a breathtaking masterpiece” and “genuinely uplifting,” is unlike any novel I’ve ever read. It’s a domestic drama that’s also a fantasy novel, a feminist statement in the most anti-Sheryl Sandberg way imaginable: instead of leaning in to traditional (and traditionally male-dominated) forms of experimental writing, The Memory Garden stays in the realm of herbal remedies, witchcraft, gardens, and other historically scorned feminine arenas, while retaining a high-minded literary tone: both precise and challenging. I enjoyed The Flamethrowers, with its cool tone and motorbike-riding heroine, but to me this novel is the anti-Flamethrowers. And that’s great, because it thrills me to no end that writers are creating “feminist lit” in such divergent, equally provocative ways. … Read More

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Legolas and The Biebz Walk Into A Bar: Links You Need to See

Small talk used to be an art, so let’s keep it that way! Here are a few ways you can leverage pop culture so that you’ll seem witty (maybe…probably not) and “in the know.” … Read More

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Beach Style: Behind the Scenes with Dusen Dusen

Presented by Perrier

We recently teamed up with Perrier® to commission limited-edition beach towels from Dusen Dusen. Ellen Van Dusen was gracious enough to give us an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek at her design process. She described the experience of working on this project as a perfect fit: “I felt like my aesthetic is aligned with what Perrier was going for which is fun, light, summery, colorful and beachy. It felt very natural.” … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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