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My “Peak TV” Life Crisis

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How many television shows is too many? Too many to casually watch? To obsess over? To write about? To simply exist? There is no definitive number, but there is one thing we can all agree on: There is a hell of a lot of television out there these days, and sometimes it can be downright anxiety inducing.
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Flavorwire Interview: Mary Shelley Biographer Charlotte Gordon on the Life, Loves, and Legacy of the Influential ‘Frankenstein’ Author

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Happy 218th birthday to Mary Shelley, Frankenstein author, feminist, and daughter of writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft. The lives and esteemed works of both Marys were recently explored in the book Romantic Outlaws, a fascinating dual biography written by Charlotte Gordon. Our own Sarah Seltzer called the text “immense, and immensely readable.” Flavorwire spoke to Gordon about Mary Shelley’s creative legacy, her struggles for legitimacy while in a marriage that often overshadowed her literary contributions, and the influence of her pioneering mother on her life and work.
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The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema

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It was this month that Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt whose story has captivated scholars and history geeks for centuries, ended her life in 30 BCE. Her legacy has played out on the big screen by countless stars. Cinema’s version of the queen often emphasizes her exotic and lavish costumes, as any proper Hollywood spectacle would. We took a look back at the fashion-savvy depiction of Cleopatra in cinema to see how filmmakers have portrayed one of the most powerful women in the world throughout the years.
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Vintage Photos Transformed Into Dreamlike Portraits

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Australian artist Jane Long’s Dancing with Costică series is inspired by the works of Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte (or Axinte). Long was searching for photos to practice her retouching skills on and discovered an online archive of Acsinte’s images taken during the 1930s and ‘40s. “I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention,” Long said of the work. The artist created an otherworldly landscape for the figures in Acsinte’s images, lending a surreal and dreamlike quality to the portraits. See the before and after, below.
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10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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The Fashions of Cleopatra in Cinema

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It was this month that Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt whose story has captivated scholars and history geeks for centuries, ended her life in 30 BCE. Her legacy has played out on the big screen by countless stars. Cinema’s version of the queen often emphasizes her exotic and lavish costumes, as any proper Hollywood spectacle would. We took a look back at the fashion-savvy depiction of Cleopatra in cinema to see how filmmakers have portrayed one of the most powerful women in the world throughout the years.
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Flavorwire Interview: Mary Shelley Biographer Charlotte Gordon on the Life, Loves, and Legacy of the Influential ‘Frankenstein’ Author

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Happy 218th birthday to Mary Shelley, Frankenstein author, feminist, and daughter of writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft. The lives and esteemed works of both Marys were recently explored in the book Romantic Outlaws, a fascinating dual biography written by Charlotte Gordon. Our own Sarah Seltzer called the text “immense, and immensely readable.” Flavorwire spoke to Gordon about Mary Shelley’s creative legacy, her struggles for legitimacy while in a marriage that often overshadowed her literary contributions, and the influence of her pioneering mother on her life and work.
…Read More

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Vintage Photos Transformed Into Dreamlike Portraits

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Australian artist Jane Long’s Dancing with Costică series is inspired by the works of Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte (or Axinte). Long was searching for photos to practice her retouching skills on and discovered an online archive of Acsinte’s images taken during the 1930s and ‘40s. “I will probably never know the real stories of these people but in my mind they became characters in tales of my own invention,” Long said of the work. The artist created an otherworldly landscape for the figures in Acsinte’s images, lending a surreal and dreamlike quality to the portraits. See the before and after, below.
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10 Amazing Treehouse Hotels With a View

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Thrill-seekers, nature lovers, and people who prefer unusual vacation destinations require something a little more exciting than the average hotel room when they take a holiday. These treehouse hotels evoke childhood days of hanging out in treetop clubhouses with friends — but their designer looks and exotic surroundings make them perfect for adults. Venture to these treehouse hotels with us, and consider sleeping sky-high for your next getaway.
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Image: FILE PHOTO: 70 Years Since The Casablanca World Premiere Casablanca

10 Songs About Classic Hollywood Icons

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An international star who excelled in Hollywood roles as well as those in her native Sweden, actress Ingrid Bergman would have turned 100 years old today. Bergman was recently honored during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, an image of the Notorious star (photographed by David Seymour) used for the poster.
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The Inner Life of Toronto Mannequins Revealed

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Toronto-based artist Mikäel Surget, who we learned about on Ego-AlterEgo, took a trip to Kensington Market for his birthday and found himself inspired to search for mannequins to photograph. “I know they are inanimate objects, but I see pain and struggle,” Surget wrote of his excursion. The artist transfers the photos with mixed media on wood, referencing the materiality of the object and highlighting the surface imperfections of his canvas. Surge calls them “damaged mannequins,” deconstructing the image and exposing emotions — “like I have deconstructed myself and rebuilding it to represent the beauty that lies beneath.”
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