Sculpture artist Jemima Brown has been drawing pictures of her friend’s Facebook profile photos since 2009. Her ongoing project called Untitled Profile Pictures features not only just attractive head shots but also the pixelated ones, the weird ones, the family ones, the artsy ones, and just the plain old “hi, this is my face” ones. With more than 200 pictures drawn, Brown uses her project to look at the social structures of relationships and technology. Why do we choose the profile photos that we do? Her series doesn’t answer any questions but provide a fascinating insight. That reminds us, we need to update my profile pic.
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Too often, we look back at the past and beat ourselves up over events that can no longer be changed, but in Sarah Manguso’s memoir Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, she learns how to stay in the present instead of fretting about situations that have already occurred.
Ongoingness revolves around Manguso going back and re-reading a diary that she had kept for 25 years after she had recently become pregnant and given birth to a child. Before becoming a mother, she was obsessive about keeping a journal to make sure she didn’t forget the events that had happened to her over the years. However, after the birth of her child, Manguso realizes that our memories and their impact appear to us differently after we’ve hit a different period in our lives. Memories that once seemed so traumatic now appear insignificant in hindsight, and the author learns the value of living in the present and keeping yourself focused on the here and now.
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If you’re into watching covers on YouTube (and really, who isn’t?), then you better add THIRDSTORY to your playlist if they’re not topping it already. This trio of talented men can harmonize with the best of them, and their arrangements of modern pop songs take the music to a whole new level. Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, THIRDSTORY turns your typical pop beat into a soulful rendition with hints of jazz influence. Whether they’re covering Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, or Taylor Swift, you’ll feel like you’re listening to these top 40 hits for the first time.
Another fun fact? These guys play a New York City show every Friday at a local venue in the city. If you’re ever visiting the Big Apple, be sure to grab a drink and catch a show—your ears will thank you.
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When I started getting good enough to need cookbooks, the first one I purchased was Jacques Pépin’s La Technique. It had everything, from the proper way to cut fennel to how to save a broken hollandaise sauce. It was a culmination of the man’s remarkable career that spanned over half a century, including inestimable figures like Julia Child and Charles de Gaulle, and reflected what has since become a dead practice of chefdom lore: the classical French apprenticeship.
The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen is Pépin’s memoir, and what he did was commonplace for the time. When he was a boy during WWII, he was sent off to live on a farm—far, but not quite far enough from Nazi occupation. He started helping his father bottle the house red when he was nine, and when he was 13 he was sent off to apprentice at his first kitchen. For many years he wasn’t allowed to talk or ask questions, just imitate and hope he wouldn’t have a pan thrown at him for his troubles.
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You would think nothing could go wrong with an Iranian vampire noir flick, but A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night turned out to be a snoozefest too wrapped up in its own importance to be anything of substance. Thank god it had an amazing soundtrack, though.
Although no music was scored for the film, director Ana Lily Amirpour carefully curated the music to fit the western/noir/horror vibe of the film. The result is an eclectic mixture of slinky middle eastern lounge, spaghetti western ballads, and ’80s italo-disco. And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds. You can stream the whole thing on Spotify.
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A game about a dream set within a dream where the dreamer questions the nature of her reality and struggles to wake up can hardly avoid comparisons to Inception or The Matrix. But Mary Woke Up Today is distinct, visually and thematically. Her translucent figure moves through a blurry, watercolor world that melts and shifts around her. And, just like in dreams, even though nothing makes sense, it’s hard to question what’s going on.
In one scene that stands out, Mary Woke Up Today evokes such a sense of discomfort and unease that I actually stopped playing for a few minutes. Sure, the game mostly revolves around traveling from room to room and answering questions posed by indistinct, friendly but ominous characters, but when the colors change, the atmosphere and ambiance become so unsettling that it’s hard to continue. Mary Woke Up Today is a fantastic game, but this moment taps so deeply and honestly into fear that I would not hesitate to call it a work of art.
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When it first came out, I liked Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I thought Jar Jar Binks was funny.
I’m going to now step back and allow the internet to collectively spazz out and vomit a little before explaining.
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