Stanley Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Shallow Not Stupid

At the exhibit Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick (Somerset House, London), I kept expecting to see a chocolate log covered with custard or a big trifle with the director's bearded face bending towards it. This is a memory, not a daydream, of the silent dessert-eating contests I had with Stanley Kubrick when I lived in his caravan.


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Jul 16, 2016 14:18:00

Not Sure Sikh Turbans Are Big Enough

We're obsessed with the giant wrapped turbans (dastar bunga) of traditional Sikh warriors of northern India. More is more...

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Jul 14, 2016 17:10:00
Phyllis Galembo

Stunning Images of African Masquerades

For over two decades, Phyllis Galembo has documented the traditional cultures of subsaharan Africa. Her primary subjects are participants in masquerades, who use costume, body paint, and masks to create characters from mythology and from their imagination.

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Jul 06, 2016 22:58:00
Peggy Moffitt in Basic Black

Peggy Moffitt in the First Fashion Film

The great Peggy Moffitt features prominently in this 1967 fashion film, Basic Black, often considered the first fashion film. Conceived and shot over a weekend at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, and filmed by her husband William Claxton, it was intended to be a promotional reel, but quickly propelled hair stylist Vidal Sassoon and designer Rudi Gernreich into the spotlight.

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Jul 02, 2016 20:09:00
Debbie Harry on The Muppet Show

The Time Debbie Harry Sang on The Muppet Show

At a career peak in 1981, Debbie Harry took the rather unusual step of guest-starring on The Muppet Show. The rest of Blondie did not appear, for reasons unknown.

Harry performed the Blondie songs One Way or Another (with the character Mulch) and Call Me. Presumably her young audience didn't know Call Me, the theme song of American Gigolo, is essentially about prostitution; some of the lyrics were tweaked as well, just to be safe. She also sang The Rainbow Connection as a duet with Kermit. 

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Jul 01, 2016 13:32:00

Trans Troops Can Now Serve Openly

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the military is lifting a ban on transgender service members. "Effective immediately," he told reporters today at the Pentagon, "transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender."

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Jun 30, 2016 20:45:00
Squatting Slavs in Tracksuits

Squatting Slavs in Tracksuits

Slavs like tracksuits and they like to squat. That squat to chat, imbibe, appreciate art. They squat in submarines, on skis, under car hoods — invariably in a tracksuit. Here, a near-endless gallery of squatting Slavs in tracksuits. They are, of course, an internet sensation...

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Jun 29, 2016 11:23:00
Photographer Hal

Plastic-Wrapped Love

Japanese artist Haruhiko Kawaguchi, aka Photographer Hal, packs people into futon covers, which he then vacuum-seals (without hurting anyone). He thus transforms loving couples into gruesome twosomes, like wrapped meat from a supermarket...

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Jun 28, 2016 16:26:00
Trans House and Rainbow House

There Is Now a Trans House

Planting Peace has a proven track record of hitting back at hatred on its home turf. In 2013, the group bought a home across the street from the vitriolic, picket-wielding Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, and promptly painted the outside the colors of the rainbow, christening it the Rainbow House.

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Jun 28, 2016 11:03:00

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