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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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Your Guide to the Season's Best and Worst Celebrity Memoirs

Celebrity memoirs tend to be a mixed literary bag at best, with most falling into one of two categories: ghostwritten affairs divulging the jaw-dropping details of some former wild child's most hedonistic phase, or ghostwritten affairs divulging the "secrets" of how to attain the same level of fitness/fame/spiritual wisdom as a successful icon who beat the odds (and you can too!). This fall, however, there are several celebrity-authored publications hitting the shelves that actually seem to be worth a read, including selections like Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (yes, based on the Choose Your Own Adventure tomes see more
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Sex, Drugs, and Hors d'Oeuvres: A Brief Survey of Batshit Crazy Chef Memoirs

Jesse Schenker was just 27 years old when he opened Recette in 2010, the small restaurant of his dreams in New York's West Village. A year later, he was a James Beard Rising Star semifinalist (the Gander followed in 2014). But what makes his rise in the chef world all the more impressive is his past—a dangerous, drug-fueled one that almost killed him. Now he has a much-hyped memoir coming out on September 30 (you can pre-order it on Amazon). Of course, he's not alone: Below we've rounded up the juiciest quotes from seven infamously irrepressible toques. We'll start with see more
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The Power of the Fake I.D.

Brooklyn-based author Justin Taylor, the man behind the lauded collection of fiction Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, shares a new unpublished story about getting a fake I.D. during his college days—and the havoc it wreaked. His new collection of stories, Flings, comes out this week. see more
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5 Craziest Talk Show Appearances by Writers

Philip Roth surprised many book and TV fans recently when—despite his stated plan to retire from public life—he announced that he would grant a final interview on The Colbert Report in July. If all goes well, when Roth inevitably butts heads with Stephen Colbert, he will join a long tradition of fiery talk-show appearances by major writers. Here are five examples worth YouTubing immediately. see more
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