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Scholar: Shakespeare Didn’t Coin Many of the Words Attributed to Him

In addition to his insights and his memorable poetry, Shakespeare is widely credited with inventing many words and phrases that can’t be found further back in the historical record. But perhaps he’s been given too much credit as an originator of words and phrases. Dr. David McInnis, a Shakespeare lecturer at the University of Melbourne, […]

Eight Wise Pieces of Writing Advice from Alice Mattison’s “The Kite and the String”

When I came back to Flavorwire from maternity leave, I hadn’t written very much in months anI was wondering how to start again, given that my writing muscles, like my core muscles, had atrophied. On my desk lay several books that had arrived in the interval, including Alice Mattison’s craft book The Kite and the String. […]

Regardless of Genre Hopping and Pop Production, Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ Is Not an Album About Drastic Change

When Angel Olsen released “Intern” as the first track off her new album, My Woman, and labeled it a “trailer,” the song seemed a declarative announcement of something entirely new from the musician, who’d spoken consistently of annoyance at being pigeonholed as a brooding singer songwriter with a distinctive warble. When fans heard the song, some […]

Ann Coulter Accidentally Roasted Herself By Appearing on the ‘Roast of Rob Lowe’

A lot of people who’d rather be stuck in an elevator full of their exes than listen to Ann Coulter talk for a second likely made an exception to watch her weird appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe. There, Coulter had her time at the mic, and, revolting politics aside, simply wasn’t funny. As the Muse […]

“The Blow Must Go On”: Narcos Renewed for Season 3 and 4, Despite a Certain Question You Might Have

History sort of spoils Season 2 of Narcos — given that the first season itself ended 18 months before Pablo Escobar, its central figure, was killed. Even if you haven’t watched all of the second season yet, you can imagine that his death either occurs at some point in it or — if they’re really stretching things out […]

Fox News Sexism Upheaval Continues: Carlson Gets Settlement, Van Susteren Exits

The Fox Newsapocalypse continues today; just as news broke that the company had offered former Fox and Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson a significant financial payout after her sexual harassment lawsuit went public, mainstay news personality and host of “On the Record” Greta Van Susteren announced her exit from the network, signaling a major loss. It was a confluence […]

Learn The Truth About Your Personality With These Stunning Inkblot Tests

I’m a sucker for personality quizzes, as my Myers-Briggs book recommendations demonstrate. And the MBTI is not alone: the history of psychiatry and psychology is peppered by many other personality quizzes and tests, that are taken extremely seriously by professionals, and others that are just fun. Show More Summary

The Sweetest Debut: Jessica Bennett on Taking Down the Man and Writing in the Middle of the Night

Welcome to the Sweetest Debut, a new and regular installment in which we reach out to debut (or near-debut, we’re flexible!) fiction, poetry and nonfiction authors working with presses of all sizes and find out about their pop culture diets, their writing habits, and their fan-fiction fantasies. Today marks the release of Jessica Bennett’s Feminist […]

‘Difficult People’ Creator Julie Klausner on Writing Comedy with a Capital “C”

At Flavorwire, we live for TV, movies, books, music, and theater. So the Hulu original series Difficult People —  about two struggling comedians, played by Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, clawing their way through the obstacle course of New York’s entertainment industry — scratches many of our cultural itches. Show More Summary

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in September

Summer’s almost over, which means it’s time to turn off the AC, turn up the music, and rejoice in the fact that you can actually spend time in your home again without feeling like you’re about to melt and/or die. Celebrate by putting one of these upcoming releases on the stereo. Angel Olsen — My Woman (Out […]

Tom Hanks Likes ‘La La Land’ So Much, He’s Promoting It Instead of His Own Movie

Tom Hanks further cemented his reputation as Hollywood’s Nicest Guy ™ by stopping a Q&A for his own movie to sing the praises of another. The location was the famously chummy Telluride Film Festival, where – as with the Venice fest just before it – the hot ticket was La La Land, the sumptuous new […]

Watch the Campy and Beautiful Trailer for Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO Miniseries, in Which Jude Law Is the Pope

A while back, Flavorwire excitedly (it was me; I was excited) wrote about Diane Keaton getting cast in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series from Canal Plus, HBO and Sky. Now, the first full trailer for the series — titled The Young Pope — is out, and it looks at once exquisite and ridiculous and definitely worth the […]

The 10 Best Showbiz References in the ‘Difficult People’ Season 2 Finale

In Difficult People, the Hulu original series created by Julie Klausner — who stars alongside Billy Eichner — Julie and Billy play a couple of jaded New York City comedians who worship at the altar of celebrity. The show’s bread and butter are its biting allusions to the business we call show. We’ve compiled the 10 best showbiz references from […]

The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘A Bigger Splash,’ ‘The Iron Giant’

It’s a fairly quiet week on the new release shelf, at least at first glance – a pair of modest indies, some catalogue titles, so on. But those small movies have some big names doing unexpected work, while the older slate includes a beloved family fave and a pair of hidden gems making Blu-ray debuts, […]

Beyoncé Shares Birthday With Fans By Releasing the Video for “Hold Up”

Today is Beyoncé’s 35th birthday, and Queen Bey is sharing the celebrations with her fans by sharing her bat-crashing video for “Hold Up” from her award-winning album Lemonade — no Tidal subscription necessary.

Casting Pop Culture’s Cult Leaders

News surfaced this week that John Carter star and pretty boy Taylor Kitsch has been cast as the bespectacled cult leader David Koresh, who led the Branch Davidians to a fiery death during the early 1990s in Waco, Texas. Kitsch is certainly charismatic enough to pull off the role of a man who controlled dozens of […]

Charming Illustrations of Bookish Dreamscapes for Bibliophiles

Seoul-based artist Jungho Lee, who we first discovered on Colossal, was the overall professional winner of the 2016 World Illustration Awards. We’re in love with his bookish illustrations of charming scenes that incorporate actual books as playful visual metaphors and design elements. The fantastical drawings evoke that special, happy place that books offer — a […]

NBC Wants to Make the Dickens’ Classic ‘Oliver Twist’ Sexy

This bit of news from the desk of NBC is totally weirdsville, yet not completely unexpected. Variety reports that the network will be creating a “sexy, contemporary” version of the Charles Dickens’ tale Oliver Twist. If that weren’t enough, NBC will set the story around a 20-something young woman who “finally finds a true sense […]

10 Voyeuristic Films You Might Have Missed

Anthology Film Archives’ Voyeurism, Surveillance, and Identity in the Cinema closes tomorrow. The series looks at its themes in the grand scope of cinema and how this has shaped contemporary self-identity. As the program demonstrates how central these themes have been in films throughout history, we wanted to highlight a few movies that also dabble […]

Psychedelic Photographs of Oil Spills Bursting with Color

We’ve been following artist Fabian Oefner’s work for years, hooked on his psychedelic techniques that lend an otherworldly quality to natural materials — like his use of ferrofluids and watercolors. Oefner’s new series called Oil Spill continues his exploration of iridescence, using oil, water, and the reflection and refraction of light. The oil spills could be […]

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