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Meanwhile design, which used to be almost unknown as a profession, has become a major source of pollution. Encouraged by glossy lifestyle magazines, and marketing departments, it’s become a competition to make things as noticeable as possible by means of colour, shape and surprise. Its historic and idealistic purpose, to serve industry and the happy consuming masses at the same time, of conceiving things easier to make and better to live with, seems to have been side-tracked. The virus has already infected the everyday environment. The need for businesses to attract attention provides the perfect carrier for the disease. Design makes things seem special, and who wants normal if they can have special?

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The midlife crisis is a favorite device for Hollywood plots, representing, as it does, a violent disjuncture. 8½, Thelma & Louise, Husbands and Wives, Office Space, and Office Space’s self-serious remake, American Beauty, are a few examples of M.L.C. in cinema. In these films, Hollywood proposes the crisis as a heroic gesture: a revolutionary tantrum which offers hope and comfort to the unfulfilled millions who are secretly planning their own nihilist implosion. Running free from the cage one has constructed—burning down one’s own barn in a self-immolating Dionysian liberation—is the collective fever dream of outwardly Apollonian Americans longing for release from the strict mandates of work, fun, and family under capitalism.

Rock ’N’ Roll: America’s Midlife Crisis

Ian Svenonius is still the sassiest boy in America, and we’re all the better for it.

Titles, Titles, Titles

#GoT spoilers past the cut

Jon Snow Aegon of House Targaryen; sixth of his name; the Bastard of Winterfell; the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch; the White Wolf; the King in the North; the Resurrected; the Rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms, the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men; Protector of the Realm; the Prince That was Promised; the Song of Ice and Fire.

I’ve been waiting – literally – for 20 years for this reveal.

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