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Inside Kurt Cobain's Last Photo Shoot

Kurt Cobain died a little more than eight months after Jesse Frohman haphazardly photographed Nirvana in the basement of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Instead of the multilocation shoot he was expecting, Frohman was forced to grab a roll of film he had in his car and set up in a basement conference room barely large enough to hold the band. Kurt Cobain: The Last Session, which is out this week, chronicles the few hours Frohman spent with the band in that basement (and a rehearsal later that evening at the Roseland Ballroom). Below, Frohman talked with us about waiting for see more
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Holiday Entertaining Tips From the "Sheik of Chic," Valentino

With the holidays right around the corner, the release of Valentino's new book At the Emperor's Table, which details how the legendary designer entertains at his homes around the world, couldn't be better timed. see more
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Chuck Palahniuk: "To Have Sex and Death Placed as Close to One Another as Possible Is Always a Goal of Mine"

Mr. Palahniuk, do you think that the world is getting better or worse? Better. Ultimately, everyone is acting out of what they feel is the best choice. In a way, they're all trying to improve the world. And I think that those basic choices make the world a better place. I wouldn't have necessarily guessed that from the guy who wrote Fight Club. Do you think that attitude is reflected in your fiction? To me, it's a choice: whether to focus on the way things work out beautifully, or to focus on the way things work out miserably. I always see more
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A Very Sexy Book Comes Back to Print

Today isn't just Halloween, or a Friday, or the last day before you have to get serious about your Movember strategy. Today is also famed photographer Helmut Newton's birthday, and to mark the occasion, Taschen has brought back his book Sex and Landscapes, which has been out of print since 2008. see more
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How a Camera Malfunction Became Fractured, a New Photo Book

Photographer Jeremy Kost has become known for his moody, sexually-charged photos that document chiseled models and habitués of the downtown New York club scene, images which were compiled into the books We Were All Innocent Once and It's Always Darkest Before Dawn. His latest outing, Fractured, builds upon a career that has focused on the male form, but, thanks to a happy accident, suffuses it with a meditative, dreamlike energy. see more
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The History of Hair, in 10 Seconds

Thank God for GIFs. Without them, how would we convey emotion on instant-messaging platforms or boil incredibly complex social shifts down into easily digestible graphics? see more
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A Tale of Two Memoirs: A Making of The Princess Bride Vs. George Clinton's Autobiography

This month, two pop-culture titles square off: Cary Elwes' account of the making of The Princess Bride, an inside look at the genesis of an enduring classic; and Parliament-Funkadelic founder George Clinton's autobiography, which delivers essentially the same, with significantly more crack use. see more
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Valentino's Carlos Souza on Instagram, Travel, and His New Book #Carlos's Places

As Valentino's longtime worldwide brand ambassador, Carlos Souza knows a thing or two about taking a chic picture. The one-time model and global traveller has chronicled some of the many Instagrams he's taken across the globe in his new book, fittingly titled #Carlos's Places. see more
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Bret Easton Ellis Has Seen a Dead Body, Tried to Buy Coke on Twitter

Mr. Ellis, have you ever seen a dead body? Yes, certainly. Growing up in L.A. I have driven past car accidents with a dead body that had not been covered yet. I have seen a dead body, but I have never been brought to a dead body to see it. The first dead body I ever saw was at my school. A bus driver had a heart attack. He was dead and he was still sitting in the seat. see more
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The Scandalous New Tennessee Williams Biography That's Heavy on Sex, Drugs, and Depravity

It's not hard to identify the recurring themes from Tennessee Williams' plays. Now that drama critic John Lahr has finished his anticipated biography of the writer, we trace those motifs back to Williams' own life. • • • see more
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