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Sorry to Bother You: is this the most shocking anti-capitalist film ever?

A wealthy man once told me that you can’t get really rich unless you have other people working for you. To achieve the American dream of boundless wealth, you need to stand on many other people’s backs. That’s capitalism. But how do you entice them to let you stand on their backs so you can make …

Tessa Thompson

How a 134-year-old Portuguese brand caught the eye of millennials

The silvery body of a lizard curls around the lip of a vase, a ladybird perches on the edge of a veined ragwort-leaf plate, and vivid red tomato-shaped bowls sit beside turmeric-coloured pumpkin tureens. The world of the 19th-century Portuguese ceramics company Bordallo Pinheiro is whimsical, …

Ladybird

Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

Last fall a friend told me a story about Ryuichi Sakamoto, the renowned musician and composer who lives in the West Village. Mr. Sakamoto, it seems, so likes a particular Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill, and visits it so often, that he finally had to be straight with the chef: He could not bear …

Sound Design

This Documentary Takes a DEEP Dive Into Hawaiian Surf History

<i>“Makai Side: How Did We Get Here?”</i> is a retelling of Hawaiian surf history. It explores everything from depictions of 18th-century surfers by British …

Surfing

Inside the Daring Life of a Forgotten Female War Photographer

Culture & Exploration<p>Dickey Chapelle was one of history's most fearless conflict journalists—and the first woman to die on the job.<p>The 36 hours before Dickey Chapelle leaped off a tower with the Screaming Eagles were terrifying. She was 41 years old and parachute jumping for the first time. But …

U.S. Army

This Is Why So Many Logos Are Red

Yep, science has a reason why you can't resist those bright red logos you see everywhere.<p>There’s a reason you can’t resist the siren call of …

Graphic Design

Beyond The Cove: what happened after the Oscar-winning documentary?

The 2009 documentary The Cove, which depicted the practice of corralling and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay tinged crimson from the blood, has visited a bewildering past decade upon the small Japanese town of Taiji.<p>An outburst of international outrage at Taiji’s 400-year-old practice of …

Dolphins

Comic Sans Is Misunderstood: The Truth Behind The Most Famous (And Infamous) Fonts

When putting together a document, whether it’s a resume, PowerPoint presentation, or sign reminding people that all lunches in the fridge will be …

Typography

Sapeurs, self-portraits and silks: African contemporary arts – in pictures

From photography to abstract work, via painting and tapestry, more than 30 artists are showing work at the African Passions exhibition in Évora, Portugal

The Arts

The infantilization of Western culture

<b>(Kevin Wolf/AP Images for American Egg Board)</b><p>What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse?<p>Simon Gottschalk<p>August 8, 2018 10:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching …

Arrested Development

The Eyes Of Orson Welles - Official Trailer

Movie Trailers

Orson Welles: actor, director… painter?

I was seeing somebody more vulnerable, more playful and regretful, and just more fun, than I thought I knew<p>‘I am essentially a hack, a commercial person,” Orson Welles once said. “If I had a hobby, I would immediately make money on it or abandon it.” Self-deprecation aside, this most creatively …

Film Festivals

The first female war photographer took enormous risks—and died in battle at 26

Gerda Taro’s images were searing, disquieting, and groundbreaking, and they helped spawn an entire field—war photography.<p>Today (Aug. 1), to mark the 108th anniversary of her birth, she has been honored with a Google Doodle.<p>On July 25, 1937, at just 26, she became the first female photojournalist to …

War

Jean-Paul Goude's best photograph: an androgynous Grace Jones

It was Grace saying goodbye to disco and decadence, and hello to a radiant future with me!<p>The first time I saw Grace was at a show at Les Mouches, a gay bar in New York, in 1974 or 1975. I already knew of Grace as a model, but I didn’t know she had a voice. I was agreeably surprised. Her aesthetic, …

Avant-garde

35 Fabulous Photos of Hollywood Beauties Taken by Elmer Fryer in the 1930s

Elmer Fryer is another Hollywood great who cannot be missed when mentioning the glamour photography of yesteryear.<br>Fryer was born in 1898 in …

Art Deco

John Oliver Shredded Facebook With a Spoof of the Social Platform’s Recent Apology Ad – Adweek

John Oliver had some fun with Facebook’s recent ad campaign during Sunday night’s installment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.<p>The segment …

Middle School

The Philosophy of Calvin and Hobbes

When I was a child (around 9 years old-12 years old), I grew up on the comic book, ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ (written and illustrated by Bill Watterson). …

Calvin and Hobbes

How the ‘brainy’ book became a publishing phenomenon | Books | The Guardian

Sapiens would have had an expectation of selling a few thousand. It's not one you'd expect bestseller status for James Daunt<p>This is a story about a book that just kept selling, catching publishers, booksellers and even its author off guard. In seeking to understand the reasons for the book’s …

Books

Beautiful struggle: black history reimagined – in pictures

Photography,Art and design,Culture,Africa,World news,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Senegal,Ethiopia,Football,Sport,Race issues<p>From a servant sporting goalie gloves to a 16th-century child soldier in studs, the self-portraits of Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop reframe African revolt …

Africa

Man Booker prize 2018 longlist includes graphic novel for the first time

A graphic novel about a vanished young woman and a thriller about a vanished mother have elbowed their way on to a giant-slaying Man Booker prize longlist that “capture[s] something about a world on the brink”.<p>Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, the first graphic novel ever to reach the Booker longlist, …

Books

The black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan

Conning the head of the KKK defined me in ways I never imagined<p>It is late October, 1978, in Colorado Springs when Ken O’Dell, a closet member of the newly resurgent Ku Klux Klan, receives an encouraging sign that his strategy of placing ads in the personal section of the local paper for new …

Rights & Freedoms

Room to Dream review – a remarkable insight into David Lynch

Kristine McKenna admits at the outset of <i>Room to Dream</i> that she and David Lynch have come up with an approach to life writing “that some might find strange”. This hybrid form combines memoir and biography: each of McKenna’s chapters is followed by one by Lynch on the same years, “having a …

David Lynch

How Brands Create the Conversation Around Cannabis Through Packaging and Innovation

Most people can’t hold a conversation about marijuana without giggling. Modern day cannabis brands are working overtime to change that.<p>The cannabis …

Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern …

Culture jamming: the power of taking the piss

<i>Taken from the summer 2018 issue of Dazed. You can buy a copy of our latest issue here.</i><p>In September 1977, members of an activist cell known as the Billboard Liberation Front climbed onto the awnings of a Max Factor advert overlooking San Francisco’s inner city freeway. Dubbed the “Max Factor 26”, …

David Foster Wallace Explains How David Lynch’s Blue Velvet Taught Him the True Meaning of Avant Garde Art

Imagine you're a "hypereducated avant-gardist in grad school learning to write." But at your grad school, "all the teachers are realists. They're not …

Avant-garde

Sacha Baron Cohen Has Been Duping Politicians for Decades. Here Are Some Greatest Hits.

The premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, “Who Is America?,” received a publicity push far wider than the network probably imagined — thanks in part to the pre-emptive public statements (and disavowals, and condemnations) by many of its American political subjects. In the days since …

Ali G

Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

His first world war classic, <i>Paths of Glory</i>, is one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was his Roman epic, <i>Spartacus</i>, both of which starred Kirk Douglas. Now a “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered – and it is so close to …

Art of surprise: classic paintings in novel settings – in pictures

Since April, Michael Thibault has been mixing contemporary photography with classic paintings on his Instagram account Art Frame Design. It all started with a Van Gogh: “I positioned it on a fashion portrait,” explains Thibault, “but I still had the feeling something was missing, so I added a frame …

Can Norway help us solve the plastic crisis, one bottle at a time?

Tens of thousands of brightly coloured plastic drinks bottles tumble from the back of a truck on to a conveyor belt before disappearing slowly inside a warehouse on the outskirts of Oslo.<p>As a workman picks up a few Coke bottles that have escaped, Kjell Olav Maldum looks on. “It is a system that …

Pollution