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Dennis Cooper Interview in Fanzine: Four Must-Read Quotes

 Dennis Cooper  photographed for the NYT by Mikael Jansson in 2012 alongside Salmon Rushdie and Martin Amis. Just the sight of one of his book’s covers sends shivers down our spine. Novelist Dennis Cooper’s writing pushes the boundaries of subversive prose and subjective reader experience into a realm no other contemporary writer touches—and this includes [...]

June 10, 2014 0
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Dargonshine Pagan Commune: Fairy Tale or Road to Perdition?

Solitaire and Gracey I leave the white bread, pop-country confines of Nashville for the pagan commune named Dragonshire in the heart of the bible belt countryside. Not the easiest place to gain entry, but with a friend living there, we are shepherded through. Gracey Tedesco and I visit Dragonshire resident Sean Ivan, her step Dad and [...]

June 10, 2014 0
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Charly Bliss Debuts Cheeky ‘Urge To Purge’ Vid with Floaties, Pirate Hats, and Blowing Bubbles

Fun and dance-y with an enthusiasm that will take you back to simpler times–Brooklyn four piece Charly Bliss always serves up a good time. This video is no exception. But don’t take our word for it: “‘Urge to Purge’ is the first song that we wrote entirely together, each of us contributed riffs and messed [...]

June 9, 2014 0
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The Russians Are Coming! And Opening Restaurants.

(Exterior of Ariana) Despite nigh a quarter century having passed since the Cold War propaganda machines ground to a halt, Americans sure still love to finger wag at Russia. But as the Ukraine territorial pissing match lingers on, BlackBook has adopted its own ambassadorial role, enthusiastically cultivating Russo – American détente in the most civilized [...]

June 9, 2014 0
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Celebrating the Everyday Wonder of Chantal Akerman on Her Birthday

The films of Chantal Akerman have been described as those of “melancholy, narcissistic meditations charged with feelings of loneliness and anxiety”—what else could you ask for? And for the Belgian filmmaker, whose rare and visionary work spans over forty years now, her daring, intelligent, and well-crafted portraits of the human soul have left their undeniable [...]

June 8, 2014 0
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Get a Whiff of Alexander Wang’s First Balenciaga Perfume

Anna Ewers styled by Vanessa Traina Snow and shot by Steven Klein. Photo courtesy of Balenciaga. Alexander Wang previewed his first fragrance for Balenciaga during the resort preview on Thursday. B Balenciaga is at once fresh and woody, with notes of lily of the valley, violet green leaves, edamame, and cedar and cashmeran wood. “I’ve [...]

June 8, 2014 0
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The Kids Are Back in Town: Larry Clark at Luhring Augustine

Larry Clark’s “Billy Mann” 1963 A survey of works by Larry Clark will go on view this Saturday (today) at Luhring Augustine in Chelsea. “They thought i were but i aren’t anymore” spans Clark’s career from 1961 to the present, beginning with his early forays in photography. Clark gained notoriety by capturing youth culture and [...]

June 8, 2014 0
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Where to Watch the World Cup Next Weekend

Starting next Thursday, June 12, The World Cup will be broadcast live from Brazil. This tournament, which is obsessed over by most of the civilized world (including Brooklyn), will run until the finals July 13th. The effect on nightlife is unclear. Game times range from noon to 9pm starts. Sports bars will capitalize on this [...]

June 8, 2014 0
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Appreciating the Haunting Sound of Xavier Dolan’s ‘Tom at the Farm’

“I’m not a thriller guy—although I would love to direct one good thriller,” Xavier Dolan told me when we spoke in 2011 for the release of Heartbeats. “Everybody dreams of directing something like Se7en or Silence of the Lambs. I want to try different things and test my limits.” And now, just three years after, [...]

June 8, 2014 0
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Lounge-spiration for a Lazy Weekend Ahead

Photo: Still from “Desperately Seeking Susan” (Orion Pictures) The weekend is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with some stylishly lounging ladies of the past? Take a look through this slideshow of soft colors, stockings, robes, and artfully sheer fabrics, and get ready for some lounge-spiration. Whether you’re sleeping in or catching [...]

June 7, 2014 0
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