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There are many, many reasons to dislike Kim Kardashian, breaker of the internet, purveyor of selfies and symbol of mind-numbing, soul-crushing millennial vanity. But it was over her predilection for fur that a group of activists bombed her Tuesday signing for Selfish at a Midtown Barnes & Noble. A group of about 10 protesters, some […]

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For several years, Danish photographer Søren Solkær has been hunting down urban artists from all across the globe and shooting their portraits for his new exhibit/book SURFACE. It all started in 2011, when renowned street artist Shepard Fairey went to Solkær’s hometown of Copenhagen to do a mural. The lensman snapped his photo and then […]

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When speaking out against ISIS earlier this month, President Obama attempted to rein in those who maligned the entire religion of Islam based on the actions of radical groups. “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed […]

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Nate “Igor” Smith is a NYC-based photographer who mostly conducts photo shoots with porn stars and other Suicide Girls-type models. He posts lots of those results on website Driven By Boredom, which has been warehousing his images and adventures for over a decade, like this entry from 2002 via the WayBackMachine. “Yeah, I am on […]

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Artist Addie Wagenknecht (Webcam Venus, Prism Break Barbie, PUSSYDRONES) has just published Technological Selection of Fate — a “fragile, glitchy” book of old, private LiveJournal entry excerpts. I used my livejournal account from 2000-2009 as a place I defined as a private space where I shared mostly my relationships failures to my ‘online only’ friends. This group of people knew more about my […]

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John Darnielle is the lead singer and songwriter of the Mountain Goats, a wordy indie folk band with an obsessive cult following. In addition to being “one of the best lyricists of his generation” (as his book bio generously, but accurately, puts it), Darnielle is also one of the most prolific. His 14 full length LPs are […]

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David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is a notoriously “difficult” book, and one of the last ones to come to mind when you think of books to make in Lego form. Supposedly, the late author told his friend Jonathan Franzen that “the story can’t fully be made sense of.” But an eleven-year-old boy named Sebastian Griffith has […]

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Like a pro, James Frey keeps on diversifying. After A Million Little Pieces, a very successful and very fake nonfiction memoir about his “drug addiction” and “criminal past,” Frey wrote two more international bestsellers and founded a young adult transmedia sweatshop. His latest endeavor brings out his artsy side. In 2012, when he was a co-owner of New York’s Half Gallery, Frey purchased a garden gnome […]

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Grantland just published “Fifteen Years Later: Tom Cruise and Magnolia,” an excerpt from Amy Nicholson’s book Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor. It’s fascinating. Here’s a bit about Paul Thomas Anderson, Tom Cruise and Tom Cruise’s giant commitment. Cruise gives the role a fascinating combination of confidence and insecurity. He comes on like a gorilla — literally […]

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Branding Terror — a book by graphic designer Francesco Trivini and former counter-terrorism analyst Artur Beifuss — is a fascinating study on the aesthetics of terrorism. The book is meant to serve as an encyclopedia of the logos and symbols that terrorist organizations around the world use as their calling cards, and an analysis of these images from a […]

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