What fictional characters should face off in their own civil war?

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How do you sleep?: 23 highly specific rock and roll diss tracks

After 1992’s Slanted And Enchanted, critics started writing about Pavement as the voice of the slacker generation, and on the 1994 followup Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, frontman Steven Malkmus seemed to take that tag seriously. Alongside “state of alt-rock” addresses like “Cut Your Hair” and “Fillmore Jive,” Malkmus…

What will you miss about CDs?

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What actor would star in the movie of your life?

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Who do you ’ship?

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Objects of their affection: 10 characters in love with the inanimate

The bubbling cauldron of obscure fetishes and exotic sexualities that is the internet has produced some pretty strange micro-communities over the years. One of the strangest and most difficult to understand is objectophilia, the inclination to form emotional and sexual bonds with inanimate objects. You know, like…

What banal fear has a piece of media inspired in you?

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What soundtrack or score do you want to see performed live?

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I thought they smelled bad on the outside: 8 times characters hid inside animals

The unnamed protagonist of John Irving’s third novel, about two couples who switch partners, extols the patience and forbearance of his Austrian-born wife, Anna. Both her patience and her nickname, Utch (taken from the Georgian slang for “cow”), are traced back to the day in WWII when her mother, rightfully fearing…

What did David Bowie mean to you?

With the possible exception of The Beatles, no artist has bonded me with more people than David Bowie. I never got to see him live, and I didn’t get to witness his art evolve and mutate in real time, but I do get to remember the many times his talents sparked a personal connection, be it reveling in Labyrinth with my…

What’s your pop culture resolution for 2016?

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What’s your favorite song of 2015?

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Wigging out: 17 times horrible hairpieces ruined TV shows and movies

While wigs are sometimes a Hollywood necessity, bad wigs can ruin a whole production. One ratty skunk pelt slapped on the star of your $200 million blockbuster and your movie’s in the toilet, while audiences laugh you all the way to the Razzies. Even the best actor can’t overcome a bad wig, and many have tried,…

What was so scary you couldn’t finish it?

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Nightmare fuel: 21 horrifying moments from children’s entertainment

You may remember moments like these from your own childhood, or you may have already inadvertently passed some on to the next generation. You settle in on a rainy Saturday for an afternoon of classic, conceivably benign children’s entertainment. Suddenly you are struck by an unexpected moment that startles you so…

Attention all creeps: What famous person’s life would you want to assume?

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What have you bought based on its cover alone?

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