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  1. Portraits of Film Stars by Fine Artist Paul Ayres

    Browse the illustrated portraiture of fine artist Paul Ayres.

    Art
    Benedict Cumberbatch, illustrated by Paul Ayres.
  2. Erin J. Bernard, Essayist

    From reflections on pop culture to thoughtful takes on politics in Portland and beyond, Erin J. Bernard’s site offers her perspective on a wide range of topics.

    Commentary
  3. All the Famous People, Where Do They All Come From?

    The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned fifty — so super-fan Chris Shaw decided to trace the source photo of each person featured on the album’s iconic cover.

    Culture
  4. Film Quarterly

    A magazine for serious film lovers: in-depth articles, reviews, and interviews examining all aspects of film history, film theory, and the impact of film, video, and television on culture and society.

    Culture
  5. Advice from Bestselling Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    Writing tips from author and pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.

    Authors
  6. On Art and Aesthetics

    From art and book reviews to thoughtful essays on pop culture, On Art and Aesthetics is a space for the exploration of “creativity and beauty across different media” by blogger and art lover Tulika.

    Art
  7. It’s Not What You Think

    “It’s possible that, along with grunge, Generation X’s other great gift to society is depression.” In his tribute to Chris Cornell, Rich Larsen reflects on despair, aging, and his generation’s struggles with mental health.

    Commentary
    Image by Andreas Eldh (CC BY 2.0)
  8. Village Voice

    Village Voice is the go-to guide for news, music, movies, culture, restaurants, and events in New York.

    Culture
  9. Site in the Spotlight: What’s New at Film School Rejects

    Neil Miller, the publisher of Film School Rejects, talks about the website’s return to WordPress.

    Film
  10. Why I Wrote “Walt’s Disneyland”

    “I believe Walt built Disneyland as a gift to his own inner child . . .” Jim Denney explains why he wrote his new book, Walt’s Disneyland.

    Authors
  11. Star Wars, Illustrated: The Fantastic Art of Jenny Dolfen

    Fan artist Jenny Dolfen illustrates the new generation of Star Wars characters.

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    Illustration by Jenny Dolfen.
  12. Seriously, the Guy Has a Point

    Greg Fallis writes about Fearless Girl and Charging Bull — the two sculptures staring each other down in Lower Manhattan — and about the difficulty of engaging others in nuanced arguments.

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    Image by Anthony Quintano (CC BY 2.0)
  13. Realm of History

    Realm of History is an online compendium dedicated to the study of the past — from archaeology news to the latest in pop culture references to antiquity — all presented in an accessible, engaging style.

    Architecture
  14. FAN/FIC Magazine

    FAN/FIC is an online magazine for fanfiction readers and writers: essays about fan culture, practical advice on how to improve your craft, interviews with writers, and more.

    Books
  15. If the Loneliness Comes, Beep Me

    Brian Burns on identity, queerness, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy didn’t necessarily make me into who I am but it did allow me to be who I was.”

    Identity