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    Rebel Heart
    , Madonna's thirteenth album, hit #1 on iTunes over the weekend, even though only six of the album's 19 songs are currently available; the full album comes out in March. For now, we have some very Die Antwoord imagery, two songs whose titles include the word "bitch" and a stream of album opener "Living for Love." Play the track above, and don't be surprised if your mind wanders to "Vogue" or the brief, wondrous administration of George H.W. Bush.

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    Even if you're a back home baller, the holidays can still be a fraught, stressful time filled with prying relatives, eggnog hangovers and office holiday party embarrassments. But not if you're Miley Cyrus, the new Princess Elf of Christmas. Ms. Miley took to Instagram over the weekend to share a slew of photos of her trying on various cuckoo outfits, partying in pasties with her friends and riding a pizza. It's not even December 24th and Miley has already won Christmas.


    Vagina floss? Check. Tinsel wig? Check. Elf hat? Check. Fake machine gun? Check. "I have no tits" clutch? Check. Cowboy hat that looks like it's made from an old Keystone Light box? Check, check, check. Time to hit Stefon's Christmas party, which, we hear, has everything.

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on


    On the 12th beard of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve pepperoni pizzas, eleven felt fedoras, nine dirty bongs, eight doggy earrings, seven nipple pasties, six fresh-rolled joints, five thong bikinis, four horse print onesies, three twerking dancers, two questionable tattoos and one bag of mo-oooo-llllllyyyy.

    Dj TT

    Un vídeo publicado por Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) el


    DJ TT on the ones and twos, y'all!

    kiewl mane

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on


    The holy trinity.

    Surfinnnn da web like

    A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on


    She sprang to her pizza sleigh, to her team gave a whistle, and away she flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

    All photos via Instagram

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    Since the holiday season is the perfect time to invest in a pair of elastic waistband pants and indulge a little, we can't think of more perfect stocking stuffers or Hanukkah presents than gourmet candies, sea salt and other tasty items. PAPER's Kim Hastreiter rounds up ten of her top picks.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.25.54 PM.png1) QUIN fresh fruit lollipops, $7.50 via QUIN

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.26.47 PM.png2) Askinosie pepermint bark, $30.00 for a large box via Askinosie

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.27.41 PM.png3) 1958 Raymond Loewy Coquelle Le Creuset limited release, $375.00 via Le Creuset

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.28.56 PM.png4) Breads Bakery chocolate babka, $12.95 via Breads Bakery

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.31.06 PM.png5) June Taylor Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Marmalade, $15.00 via June Taylor Jams

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.31.24 PM.png6) Healdsburg SHED fresh-ground polenta, $10.00 via Healdsburg SHED

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    7) A six-month subscription to Zingerman's Forbidden Food Club, $650.00 via Zingerman's

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.35.00 PM.png8) Jacobsen Salt Co. salty caramels and salty black licorice, $25.95 via Jacobsen Salt Co.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.38.09 PM.png9) Boulettes Larder smoked sea salt, $10.00 via Boulettes Larder

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.46.12 PM.png10) Marin Sun Farms short rib dog bones, $2/piece for short rib bones via Marin Sun Farms' Oakland Butcher Shop (5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA)

    See more holiday gift guides HERE!

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    kimkanyeblamain.jpgAnd we thought Balmain's entire Spring campaign was going to be about snackwave. The fashion house released new Spring '15 ads today featuring our current cover girl Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West in a loving embrace. The partnership isn't much of a surprise, as Kim and Kanye sat front row at this year's Balmain show (walked in by Kendall Jenner) and have been known to rock matching Balmain ensembles that make them look like awesome his and hers extraterrestrial futurist fashion gods. More photos, more photos! 

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    marioncotillardtwodays.jpgThere's a scene midway through the Dardenne brothers' quietly gripping social drama, Two Days, One Night, where Sandra (portrayed with deep humanity by Marion Cotillard) -- a depressed mother and Belgian factory worker fighting to save her job -- is sitting with her husband on a bench, holding a melting cone of ice cream. Wearing a neon pink tank top, no make-up, and looking entirely depleted from having to convince her coworkers one by one that they reject their bonus in favor of inviting Sandra back to the factory following her medical leave, Cotillard is a woman dwindling between what fight she has left and giving up entirely. As Sandra, Cotillard is a nervy mix of resilience and collapse, occupying the entire screen with a power that challenges the story's otherwise everyday odyssey. Over the course of a weekend, we witness her battle not just for her livelihood but with her psyche; within the film's first few minutes, she repeats to herself, "You mustn't cry, you mustn't cry."

    Though recently snubbed from Oscar's Foreign Language shortlist, Cotillard's performance in Two Days, One Night has been receiving much acclaim. We sat down with her in the fall during the New York Film Festival to talk more about the film.

    After you're done with a role like this -- a role in which you've created a character who is in so much pain -- where do you store her?

    Of course I keep things from the lives I investigate and I think I do this job to understand a little more about human souls. Each role brings me to a deeper understanding of how we function or how we dysfunction.

    What kind of work went into preparing for this type of role?

    I didn't find anything hard [about the preparation] because I had time. I had time to explore. I had time to experience different versions of scenes, different versions of her because we had a month of rehearsal, which is really amazing. And it was really like a theater-type of rehearsal. It's a real luxury. And also there was this osmosis between the [Dardenne] brothers. When you have this level of confidence and of sharing and understanding, and respect I would say, everything becomes easy.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 3.37.59 PM.pngA still from Two Days, One Night

    What first attracted to you to this role?

    I've always had a lot of questions and a lot of thinking about how our society creates human dysfunctional behavior, and I think that our society created this phenomenon of questioning your place in the world, which sometimes leads you to think you're actually worthless, useless. It's a very, very hard, deep, and terrible feeling that can lead you to end your life because you have no purpose. And that's one of the themes of this movie and it really resonated with a lot of my questions. Not that I've ever felt...I did actually [feel this way] but it was never deep enough for me to get depressed. But I think it's something that comes up a lot with me. And also solidarity is a very interesting subject. Are you able to show solidarity to other people you don't know? Because that's the point. I mean showing solidarity with people you know and you love is not that hard in a way.

    I like that you used the word 'purpose' because that was Sandra's core. Do you ever feel like you lose a sense of why you're an actor? And, if so, how do you re-orient yourself?

    I question myself all the time about the purpose of doing what I do. But I was lucky enough to meet people who explained to me that being an actor was not something that was useless. By calling up the woman who loves seeing movies inside of me and by just asking me, Do you like to see movies? Why? Well because, because I love to have emotions. I love to laugh. I love to enter a world or a story and be moved by it. This guy asked me, "What do you feel when you laugh and when you cry?" and I said, "Well, I feel alive." So there's a purpose to being an actor. I think questioning yourself is a way of never losing...what is the word...I don't know it in English...complaisance...

    Complacency...

    Yeah. If it's a true question that will bring an interesting answer and that will push you further away on your path. Then it's good. If you start being complacent, then I guess you lose the thread. 

    Two Days, One Night opens on December 24th


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    homer&dennis.jpgHomer Murray (far left) and Dennis Spina (far right). [Photo by Nathan Martin]

    River Styx, a free-spirited, Mediterranean restaurant named for the mythological Greek boundary between Earth and Hades, opened in a remote part of Greenpoint last year. Co-owner Dennis Spina, 34, and chef Homer Murray, 32, are throwing a Sicilian-style blowout New Year's Eve party with an eye on having fun, not making a ton of money. Winter melon punch will be complimentary. Oysters doused with Champagne are $4 a slurp. Everything is à la carte, from $8 nachos to roasted goose and lentils for four ($70). Music and drinking will not end at midnight. Spina and Murray (son of Bill) say reservations are still available.
     
    The part of Greenpoint you're in is so obscure. How did you end up there?

    Dennis:
    A friend of ours who lives in the neighborhood said the space was really cool. Sixty years ago it used to be a bar called the 21 Club. Somewhere along the line it became an engine machine shop. We kept the pulleys from the shop; one has a disco ball hanging from it.
     
    I love that you have nachos on your menu, but they're not the kind of crappy nachos I've had at other places.

    Dennis: Originally, we had friends and family in and did simple party food like nachos. When you get opening jitters, you don't want somebody looking at your menu and saying, "There's nothing for me here," so we'll always have them. We make them with fresh chips, cheese sauce with pickled jalapeno juice, chicken breast braised with beer and chiles, crema with Japanese mayonnaise, chives, fresh radishes and cilantro. On the weekends we sell hundreds of orders.
     
    How did you get into the restaurant business?

    Dennis:
    I was a fine artist for a little while and used to design record albums. I went to the School of Visual Arts and worked as a line cook. Ten years ago I started Roebling Tea Room. I'm still the chef there and go back and forth.
     
    How did Homer come on board?

    Dennis:
    We went to college together at SVA. Six or seven years ago I was putting together a new team at Roebling and wanted more energy, less formally trained cooks. I wanted it to be fun and creative and reached out to those kinds of people. He was one of them.
     
    Homer, did you have any cooking experience?

    Homer: Murray Bros. Caddyshack at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida and Myrtle Beach, making shrimp cocktail.
     
    Is that for real?

    Homer: It's real. My dad is one of nine kids and it's owned by five uncles, inspired by their mutual love of golf. When I was in art school it was my summer job, but I didn't know what my career was going to be back then.
     
    At River Styx are you the chef de cuisine or sous chef?

    Homer: We don't have any silly titles. You can call me whatever you want.
     
    Did you ever do any acting?

    Homer: I was in one movie, but I'm not an actor. It's a drag to just stand around all day. Of course, I stand all day now, but it's different.
     
    What movie was it?

    Homer: Broken Flowers.
     
    Jim Jarmusch? How did you end up in that?

    Homer: I had a passing resemblance to the lead -- my dad.
     
    Does your dad come to the restaurant?

    Homer: He's been in.
     
    So you decided to cook professionally when Dennis contacted you for Roebling Tea Room?

    Homer: I liked that he used the term 'gastronaut.' My girlfriend dragged me down and made me do it.
     
    Are you with the same girlfriend?

    Homer: No.
     
    Do you and Dennis have anything to do with the arts anymore?

    Homer: We both have that drive toward creativity but found a different way to express it.
     
    Do you have anything else in the works for 2015?

    Homer: It's quite hush-hush, top secret, but yes, we're looking for another place, mostly in Brooklyn, maybe in Greenpoint. All I can say is it'll include food and liquor.
     
    River Styx, 21 Greenpoint Ave., (718) 383-8833



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    He may be evil. He may not know all the words to "Feliz Navidad." He may not even have the lips needed to pronounce certain consonants, but you know what Skeletor does have? Christmas motherfucking spirit. So enjoy this video, courtesy of the Brock's Dubs channel. YOU HAVE THE POWERRRRRR! 

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    There was a lot to hate on in 2014, but here's who did it best. 

    Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 3.54.15 PM.pngAzealia Banks

    We here at Paper magazine love Azealia Banks, but you can consider yourself lucky if the fiery rapper loves you back. Banks is Lana Del Rey's BFF, but she's made enemies of far more people on Twitter. Justifiably and awesomely, she threw massive shade at Eminem after he rapped about punching Lana Del Rey in the face and she also has a lot of understandable issues with someone called "Igloo Australia." Less justifiable, however, is the time that she railed against vegans, sending a warning to them and their sheisty vegan ways: "not everyone wants to wear paper shoes and rub lemons on their armpits!!" -- xoxo, Azealia Banks.

    f4e9f9eb.jpgEminem

    Eminem has been a low-key hater for a while now. He's doled out some downright awful verbal assaults on his tracks, but none made news like his cypher that mentioned punching Lana Del Rey in the face. In our books, Eminem is something far worse than a hater.
     


    Big Sean


    Big Sean makes the list since he wrote the biggest haters anthem of all time. "I Don't Fuck With You" is literally made up of insult upon insult, save for the line, "I know that karma's too real so I hope you're doing cool." 

    Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 4.28.11 PM.pngMaureen Dowd

    New York Times
    columnist Maureen Dowd is perhaps the most notorious cannabis edible hater of the year. As we pointed out earlier in the year, "You, madam, are correct: The edibles in Colorado are way too god damn strong. But you didn't have to be a dick about it."

    Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 4.41.45 PM.pngJulian Casablancas

    This year, The Strokes frontman had some real beef with New York's favorite pastime, brunch, citing that he fled the city because he "[didn't] know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon." To this we asked: Why do you hate heavenly, delicious breakfast foods served at a hangover-friendly hour, Julian? And, to his credit, he promptly clarified that he was joking. Phew.


    FranL94.pngFran Lebowitz

    Professional bubble-burster Fran Lebowitz has made a career out of penning devastatingly perfect essays that more or less boil down to the concept of "well, no." She is, in short, the shit. And don't even get her started on New York City tourists. Of the wide-eyed vacationers who flock to the city every day, Lebowitz told Paper in September: " I don't want these people to come here.... Stay home. Sometimes I walk around and go, "Go home." Can't you just taste the haterade?. 


    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.35.04 AM.png Naya Rivera

    Rivera, who you may or may not know from her role on Glee, led the celebrity faux-outrage charge against the photos of our current cover star, Kim Kardashian. (Other detractors included Candace Cameron Bure.) When Kardashian shared our "butt cover" on her Instagram, Rivera commented, "I normally don't. But... you're someone's mother..." Sadly those ellipses weren't filled with "I just wanted to say you look amazing and I think the fact that" and "just shows that you won't let motherhood rob you of your identity as a sexual being or make those things exclusive to each other. You inspire me daily."

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.45.29 AM.png(Photo by Dan Monick)

    Snoop Dogg

    You would think that all that weed would make Snoop pretty mellow but then you'd think wrong: back in October the rapper took a break from creating post-modern art to fire shots -- some of which were pretty inappropriate and very offensive -- at Iggy Azalea on Instagram. Even his alter-ego, White Guy Tod, got in on the action


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    Believe it or not, we didn't spend all of 2014 watching dancing divas on YouTube but actually read quite a few worthwhile tomes. Below, we select our ten favorite books of 2014.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.19.14 PM.png1. The Martian by Andy Weir
    Started as a serial blog and then the hardback came out this year. A timely tale about being stranded on Mars that's scientifically accurate and funny at the same time. Coming this fall: the movie directed by Ridley Scott (and a soundtrack with disco music?).

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.19.32 PM.png2. Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson
    An expanded version of Wilson's 2007 book for the 33 1/3 series with additional thoughts from 13 writers including James Franco, Ann Powers, Nick Hornby and others. An incredible look at pop culture -- and Celine Dion.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.20.26 PM.png3. The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldman
    The first part of this book will make you book a flight south for the winter -- and the lack of a resolution to the whodunnit in the second part will drive you crazy. Again, a super-timely tale.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.20.42 PM.png4. The Son by Jo Nesbo
    Love (almost) all of his novels and this is one of the best, but also the most violent. Unlike Frozen, it might make you re-think that trip to Oslo. (We went last summer, didn't see any junkies or crooked cops, and are going back this year.)

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.21.02 PM.pngScreen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.21.24 PM.png5 & 6. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande and Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast
    Two books about life and death: The first makes you think twice about the money spent to keep people alive and the second makes you laugh at the golden years.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.21.52 PM.png7. Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Benjamin Black
    A perfect facsimile of Raymond Chandler by John Banville using the pen name "Benjamin Black." More, please.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.22.11 PM.png8. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
    I still remember the summer that I discovered Connelly -- 2000, Void Moon -- and have since read (almost) every book. Yes, this came out in 2013, but I read it this year. I promise to read The Burning Room (his newest) in January.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.22.27 PM.png9.  Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart
    He writes a novel at age 5, moves from Russia to Queens, gets an asthma inhaler and goes to Hebrew school. All the above (and much more) makes for one hilarious memoir. I'm changing my name to" Igor."

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.22.57 PM.png10. World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II by Hugh Thomas
    Part three of a brilliant trilogy on the history of the Spanish Empire -- don't skip the first two (or Thomas' classic tale of Cortes and Montezuma, Conquest.)

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    Last night Jimmy Fallon had One Direction come by to participate in his classroom instruments concert series. The guys, along with Jimmy and The Roots, performed "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with triangles, wood blocks, tiny keyboards, kazoos, tambourines and more -- all while wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. The result is really cute and will get even the grinch-iest hater into the holiday spirit.

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    So, yeah, there's only two more days until Christmas but that doesn't mean holiday shopping has to end. There's often great sales to be had right after Christmas and, plus, what are you going to wear on New Year's Eve? Below, we've rounded up some great party-appropriate men's gift ideas for your favorite guy (even if that's you!).

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 1.28.13 PM.png
    Vivienne Westwood Notch Lapels Stretch Cotton Poplin Shirt, $490.00 via Louisaviaroma.com


    Neil Barretgiftguide.jpgNeil Barrett Lightning Bolt Shirt, $645.00 via Ssense.com

    Larosegiftguide.jpgLarose Paris Rabbit Felt Fedora, $330.00 via Barneys New York

    SaintLaurentgiftguide.jpgSaint Laurent Single-Breasted Sequin Tuxedo Jacket with Satin Trimmed Peak Lapel, $6,550.00 via Saint Laurent Boutiques

    LouisLeemangiftguide.jpgLouis Leeman Quilted High-top, $638.17 via Farfetch.com

    McQueen2giftguide.jpgAlexander McQueen Skull Cuff, $165.00 via Ssense.com

    Lanvingiftguide.jpgLanvin Black Wool Flower Pin, $245.00 via Select Lanvin Boutiques

    Sandro gift guide.pngSandro Peak Black Wool Suit Pant, $272.00 via select Sandro stores 

    thierry-lasry-brown-kendry-acetate-sunglasses-product-1-17290544-1-331533458-normal_large_flex.jpegThierry Lasry Kendry Acetate Sunglasses, $428.00 via matchesfashion.com

    Marc by Marc.jpgMarc by Marc Jacobs Black and White Houndstooth Spud Socks, $18.00 via Ssense.com

    See more holiday gift guides HERE!

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    From fresh starts to tearful losses, gonzo celebrity style to inspired casting choices, 2014 was an eventful year for fashion. Here, Mr. Mickey rounds up his ten top moments.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 2.14.35 PM.png[Photo via]
    1. Anna Wintour wears Margiela Couture by John Galliano
    Perhaps the most historically charged fashion moment of the year was when previously disgraced designer John Galliano presented his mentor Anna Wintour with a trophy at the British Fashion Awards. Galliano was already partially rehabilitated when he was hired by Renzo Rosso to design the couture line of Maison Martin Margiela but any doubt of his triumphant return to the front row of fashion prominence was erased when Wintour wore his first design for Margiela to the awards.
     
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    [Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com]
    2. Rihanna almost nude at the CFDA Awards
    Despite the fact that many top stars have had nude photos or sex tapes leak there's no better way to get attention than to bare your ass (and we should know). That was proven once again when Rihanna showed up to this year's CFDA Awards in a barely-there sparkle dress by designer Adam Selman. Thanks to social media the look flew around the world while Rihanna was still on the red carpet.
     
    BFA_9058_1073093.jpg[Photo by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com]
    3. Lupita Nyong'o at the Met Ball
    From the moment she started appearing on red carpets Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o established herself as the chicest star in Hollywood. My favorite look was her not universally-acclaimed Prada outfit at the Met Ball. In a world where celebrities' biggest fears are ending up on the worst dressed list, no one wants to take a chance on something different or unusual. Well Lupita doesn't seem to have that problem and her sparkled, feathered, multi-layered ensemble gets my vote as one of the most memorable red carpet appearances ever.

    BFA_7529_882346.jpg[Photo by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com]
    4. Oscar de la Renta passes the torch
    When you think of old school glamor and chic you think Oscar de la Renta. The designer dressed generations of the world's most fashionable women and was himself a New York City institution. After years of talk about a successor, Peter Copping, formerly of Nina Ricci, was confirmed as the house's new Creative Director. Of course Oscar made sure everything was tidied up and in perfect order before moving on to the next world. We miss him dearly.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 2.16.53 PM.png[Photo via]

    5. The Louis Vuitton show at the Fondation Louis Vuitton
    The departure of Marc Jacobs and the appointment of Nicolas Ghesquiere as his successor at Louis Vuitton was one of the biggest fashion news stories of the decade. Ghesquiere has put his own stamp on the brand and in a way his most recent show at the incredible Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton was a triumphant coming out party. Many luxury brands have museums or cultural centers but this art center in Paris' Bois de Boulogne takes things to a new level. Vuitton is teaching the other luxury brands how to do it.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 2.18.56 PM.png6. Julia Roberts for Givenchy
    There aren't many surprises in fashion advertising. That's why Riccardo Tisci's choice to cast  Academy Award-winning superstar Julia Roberts in the new Givenchy campaign was such a treat. Seeing high fashion on such a familiar figure forces us to look at it in a whole new way and casting outside the usual pool reminds us that these clothes aren't just for 15 year-old Ukrainian models.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 2.19.59 PM.png7. Lipstick lesbians take center stage
    The 'is it a romance/ are they just friends?' magic of Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, which seems to culminate in next year's Love Magazine cover of the two embracing, has made cute girl on girl dating the hottest thing. Move over gay boys, it's the ladies' turn!

    BFA_6246_720258.jpg[Photo by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com]
    8. JW Anderson goes to Loewe
    Spanish luxury goods brand Loewe has a rich history and has been poised for years to join the top ranks of leather houses like Fendi and Vuitton. Now that London-based wunderkind Jonathan Anderson is creative director, the brand might finally make that leap. The combination of buzz and Anderson's avant-garde yet chic designs might be just what the brand needs to enter the upper echelons.

    BFA_7075_826413.jpg[Photo by David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com]
    9. Goodbye Joan Rivers
    Yes she could be brutal on Fashion Police and she would say anything for a laugh even if it was insulting. Nonetheless Joan Rivers INVENTED red carpet coverage. Long before every channel jumped on the band wagon Joan was working the carpet outside every award show that mattered and she deserves a place in the hall of fame for that.

    BFA_7538_883893.jpg[Photo by Angela Pham/BFAnyc.com]
    10. Jean Paul Gaultier closing his ready-to-wear business.
    Gaultier is a legend and unlike many other legends whose relevance is starting to wean JPG had the brilliant idea of closing his ready-to-wear business to focus on couture and fragrances. The grind of doing a million RTW collections a year has sapped the creative juices from many of today's designers and now Gaultier will have the free time to focus on developing ideas with the luxury of time. A brilliant move.


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    Speaking with PAPERMAG earlier this month, John Waters mentioned that he had a solo art show coming up at Marianne Boesky Gallery's Chelsea location. But he didn't mention that Beverly Hills John would include a video installation that recasts his nightmarish classic Pink Flamingos as... Kiddie Flamingos??? Waters told the New York Times that the movie's shocking plot points have been sufficiently blunted for a cast of child actors, with the goal of "transforming innocence into a whole new kind of joyous, G-rated obscenity." We just really can't wait to find out how he's adapted the whole eating-fresh-dogshit-off-the-sidewalk part.

    Beverly Hills John opens January 9. Details here.

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    Nowadays, celebrity fashion can often feel very ho-hum, with a sea of perfectly-coiffed actresses turning up to awards shows and premieres in safe strapless mermaid gowns that you'll forget the next day. These ten celebs, on the other hand, wowed us with choices that veered from classic to unconventional and still managed to linger in our thoughts months later.

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 4.01.11 PM.png[Photo by David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com]

    10. Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier at the Emmys
    Classic, simple and sophisticated, Lizzy's gown was a red carpet knockout.


    9. Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the British Fashion Council Awards
    Cara took home the 'Model of the Year' award and looked like a million bucks in this shimmering, floor-length gown that still manages to feel modern and streamlined with the black panels, cap sleeves and thigh-high slit. 

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 4.05.50 PM.png[Photo by Nicholas Hunt/PatrickMcMullan.com]

    8. Erykah Badu in Givenchy at the Met Ball
    Pharrell who? Our former PAPER cover girl rocked her BFF Riccardo Tisci's Givenchy designs at the Met Ball and, in a sea of voluminous ballgowns that paid homage to the gala's theme -- the work of Charles James -- Badu's bold choice paid dividends. She looked elegant, funky and memorable. 


    7. Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé at the Oscars
    Cate can do no wrong and this luminous, nude gown with exquisite Swarovski crystal bead work is a real class act.


    6. Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab at the Oscars
    Angelina looked radiant and confident in this diaphonous, beaded dress that didn't shy away from showing off her post-reconstructive surgery decolletage following her discovery that she has the breast cancer-causing gene. We're throwing up emoji prayer hands just looking at her. 

    Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 4.09.32 PM.png[Photo by David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com]

    5. Emma Watson in Dior at the Golden Globes
    Who would've thought we'd like a gown-pants combo? We've enjoyed Raf Simons' thoughtful, modern designs for Dior since he took over the house and this look on Emma is one of his strongest we've seen on the celebrity red carpet (no shade, Jennifer Lawrence). The bold color complements Emma's glowing skin and the slits and black trousers underneath evoke a certain strength and confidence that, by all accounts, the actress possesses on and off the carpet.
     


    4. Lupita Nyong'o in Prada at the Oscars
    It's not news that Lupita was one of 2014's biggest style stars and while Mr. Mickey may have favored her over-the-top Prada ensemble at the Met Gala, we were partial to her other Prada gown, whose goddess cut and baby blue color was quieter -- yet no less breath-taking.


    3. Amal Alamuddin in Stella McCartney at the civil ceremony for her marriage to George Clooney
    With her perfect brunette hair and sophisticated wardrobe, Amal often gets compared to the Duchess of Cambridge but we think her style is more interesting than that of her royal counterpart. Case in point? The ivory pantsuit she wore to wed America's former Most Eligible Single, George Clooney, which she accessorized with a wide brim hat. 

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    2. Rihanna in Adam Selman at the CFDA Awards
    What can we say that hasn't already been said about RiRi's uber-sheer beaded gown at the CFDA Awards? The dress fit her like a glove but it was the choice to pair it with the stole and glittery turban that really pulled the look together and turned it from sexy to High Fashion with a capital "F."

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    1. Solange in Kenzo by Humberto Leon at her wedding to Alan Ferguson
    Snagging the top spot, Solange's unexpected wedding dress knocked our socks off. In an ocean of strapless-dress wearing brides, Solange's caped gown and gold cuffs makes her look like a celestial queen of the future and will no doubt inspire a ton of brides-to-be in 2015.





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    Fifty Shades of Grey isn't out till Valentine's Day, but "Earned It" will definitely make you want to turn the lights down low, swirl snifters of brandy and do weird stuff with neckties. Abel Tesfaye's achingly slow, autotune-slick song is the first to surface from the erotic drama's soundtrack; the full track listing has yet to be announced, although we do know that Danny Elfman wrote the score. For now, enjoy "Earned it," above. Bonus: it's a lyric video, so you can confirm that Tesfaye actually rhymes "unexpected" with "expected."

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    Score another point for the West Coast in the Cuckoo-Crazy Christmas Video department. Last week, we shared holiday fever dream video for SSION, Hunx and his Punx and Samantha Urbani track "Pink Christmas," and now singer and performance artist and-all around desert pin-up babe Actually Huizenga is here to make things a whole lot freakier with her "Krampus Redux Video." For those unfamiliar with Krampus, he's a nightmarish German folklore character who works with St. Nicholas to punish the bad kids. Didn't do what your parents told you to do? Punch your sister when no one was looking? The goat-like devil man is coming to beat you with sticks. We wish we were making this up. Huizenga, who made a video for "Krampus" a few years back that has since become somewhat of a viral legend, is back to up the antee with her "Krampus Redux" video. And boy does she deliver. Keep you eyes peeled for goth surfers, whips, chains, a 30-inch tongue, Dog Show co-owner Christine Stormberg and nightlife star Gage of the Boon. Watch it above and keep one eye open for Krampus tonight.

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    Mike Hadreas once named an album Put Your Back N 2 It, but this was the year he finally took his own advice. Once known for self-described "sad sack" balladry, this year Hadreas released Too Bright, his third album as Perfume Genius and his most exuberant offering yet. Too Bright went on to dominate year-end lists, and his Bowie-worthy performance of "Queen" on Late Show with David Letterman became an online hit. PAPERMAG recently called the Seattle artist at home to talk about learning to believing in himself and the horror movie that made him cry.


    2014 was a really big year for you. In terms of popularity and critical acclaim, it seems Too Bright took things to a new level. 

    Yeah, things have been great. It's been beyond what I thought was going to happen when I made the album.

    Plenty of critics have said that it feels like you came in to your own on Too Bright. Do you agree? 

    Yeah, there are some songs on the album that are similar to how I've written in the past, but there are a bunch of songs on there that are very different, and the process of making them was a lot more experimental, even improvisational. I flipped everything, a few times. I started writing over louder [music] ... I wrote over noise and distortion and shifted my vocals, and just from that different way of writing, the things I wanted to say changed, and emotions I didn't know I wanted to talk about or needed to process started coming, and I started unlocking weird shifts.

    What were some things you didn't want to talk about?

    I guess some some of the more angry moments on the album. The way that I normally write was writing stories from the past, and looking at memories and things that needed fixing and healing, trying to process those. This album has a lot more songs where I'm singing at people. It's not storytelling anymore; it's more me waving my finger at people a little bit. 

    From your perspective, does it seem like your album caught on with more people than before? 

    I think so. I was worried when I had the new music that people that liked the first two albums, were waiting for another really slow, melancholy thing, because I know what it's like to wait for that. I know what it's like to wait for a Cat Power album, and hope there's two elements to it and it's just her and a piano. But it seems like the old fans are still into it. And I got some new fans. People like loud music, it's louder, and just as a byproduct of it being louder I got more fans. And it's easier for people know how to feel about it. The emotions sound like the music. Before, I would have darker material and the music underneath it would be sweet and soft, but now when I'm singing about something dark, the music is equally as dark.

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    But at first you were worried about disappointing people who only liking you doing one thing. Was that tough for you to get past?

    It was tough after the fact to think about. When I was writing I was thinking of my fans and hoping people would like it, and even the newer songs I was writing with other people in mind and hoping it would be liberating and moving to them as it was for me writing it. I just know what it's like to listen to sad sack music and go to shows and wait for that one song that they're going to play solo. And I feel like some of my fans are attached to that kind of thing. But I think it just takes more listens.

    Beyond the album's success, how was this year for you?

    It was OK. We just came out from two months straight touring. The nature of the album, a lot of the songs are harder for me to sing and more complicated to perform; it required a lot of newness for me. There's some singing and some dancing and screaming, and these are all new things for me, rather than being behind a piano and emoting. So it took a few shows in the beginning, but I'm proud of the process. How I went for it when I was writing, I went for it in all the shows, and I screamed really loud, with intent.

    So you've been dancing on stage too?

    I have been dancing, yeah. Pretty much I have one signature slinky hip move that I do, but I really let it loose.

    Were you consciously trying to get people to think of you other than a sad sack?

    Oh no, people can think whatever they want. I don't mind that. 

    So the change was more for you, and you weren't trying to change the way people thought of you?

    I never really was. Well, I don't know if that's all true. I go up and down. This album is showing more sides of myself that were always there. To me, it doesn't feel like a big departure, just sharing more, and sharing different things than I had before.

    It doesn't feel like you're trying too hard; you're just showing a lot more command of what you're doing, is the sense I get from Too Bright

    And that was really important to me. I felt like I had that in me, a little bit in the beginning, and it took me a while to believe that it was a serious thing and that this could be a career and that I'm a capable writer and performer. I overcame a lot of insecurities about that for years, even when I was touring, and for this album I wanted to shake all that off and to take it seriously and to stop thinking I have limitations in how I can write and what I could say and how high I could sing. I wanted to let go and see what I could do if I stopped getting in my own way.

    Because originally, long before you had an album you posted some songs online, and it took off from there. Did it get bigger, faster than what you were prepared for?

    Yeah, big time. I made those songs when I was working, making keys and mixing paint and stuff at a department store. I was really into making those songs and I did that in a manic and obsessive spree of writing music. I didn't post those thinking I'm going to have a career. I thought my whole life that I wanted to do something creative, but I didn't have this dream in my head about what that was going to look like. Music was almost the last thing on earth that I thought I was going to do. So when people started listening to Myspace songs and my friends from the UK flew out to meet me and gave me a record deal and stuff, it was pretty cool.

    When did you notice that change in yourself?

    The first couple of albums gave me a lot of great opportunities. I met a lot of people, people wrote me letters and I was like a musician guy on tour. I made enough money to pay my rent every month. But I didn't match up to it in a lot of ways, mentally. It felt insecure. For the most part, when I was given opportunities I took advantage of them, but there were a few times where I let things go or didn't really put everything into it because I was scared. It was very frustrating that I would have all this going on and not take it as seriously as possible and believe in it as much as I could. That was the catalyst in me trying to shake it up.

    It took a little while for you to get comfortable and feel like you actually belonged.

    Yeah, in every way. Because beyond this music stuff happening, I hadn't done that personally before. I hadn't really shown up as who I am. Blah blah blah, kind of cheesy therapy stuff.

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    As far 2014 goes, were there any albums or movies or anything you were really into?

    That horror movie The Babadook. I watch a lot of horror movies, bad ones, good ones. I really like that one. It was emotional; I cried. I haven't cried during a horror movie in... actually, I don't think I ever have. So that's a good meeting of two different things I like. [laughs] I like the Angel Olsen album a lot. The [FKA] Twigs album, I liked. EMA, I really liked her last album. Have you heard that Mas Ysa EP? 

    No, I haven't.

    I really liked him, and he's probably one of my favorite shows.

    I saw a photo you did for the photo shoot. How did that happen?

    It just happened. [laughs] It was their idea. I didn't invite them to my home and tell them to put needles in my face. I really wanted to do like an actual session, but it was more for show. He did put the needle in the right spots, but without his usual spiritual tenderness. He just plopped them all in there. He did tell me, though, that I need to eat more read meat because I don't have enough blood pumping through my body.

    Did you have to be talked into this, or were you down to get needles in your face?

    I was actually a little disappointed; I wanted more needles. I wanted to really go for it.


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    From John Waters to Kim Kardashian, the best of what was said in PAPER and on Papermag.com in 2014.



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    "We stay in places based on how they make a margarita. I call ahead and have my assistant talk to them. I'm seriously on the border of turning into Jennifer Lopez." -- Chelsea Handler. From "Chelsea Handler: The Everywoman's Most Outrageous Friend"

    "I chose to never deny myself the simple pleasures of life. Whether that be looking at someone or fucking someone who's beautiful, it doesn't really matter to me. I want to do what I want to do and I'll fuck with the consequences. But I'm not going to deprive myself." -- Angel Haze. From "Going for the Gold: Why Angel Haze is the Brave New Face of Rap"

    "I've been eating like a bawse for a long time. Now I want to eat clean." -- Rick Ross. From We Shared an Intimate Italian Meal With Rick Ross and Kanye Showed Up.  

    "I never felt confident enough to lead anything. I wasn't sure how to communicate what I wanted, and I'd just become really frustrated and impatient. When I began working with my band and became more comfortable with how that process worked, it just completely fucking rocked." -- Angel Olsen. From "Singer Angel Olsen Goes Electric"

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    "He's a genius. When we connected, I basically got a call from my management saying, 'Prince would love to speak to Rita.' And I was like, 'Wait, like the actual Prince? The Prince of Wales?'" Rita Ora, on collaborating with Prince; from "Beautiful Ora: BFFs Rita Ora and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw Dish Up Some Real Talk"

    "I'm just really excited to show people different sides of me. I think a lot of people were very surprised to see me at New York Fashion Week [walking for Jeremy Scott and Desigual] because I'm not zero pounds soaking wet. But that kind of excites me when people are like, 'What? When did that happen?'" -- Gigi Hadid. From "Beautiful People"

    "People tweet nice things all day, but if someone says, 'Correct your grammar,' then I go into what I call 'wolf mode.' I start posting pictures of wolves and writing literary wolf-journal-style tweets like, 'SNOW CRUNCHING UNDER PAW.' Caps lock is like a wolf's stare to me." -- Chelsea Peretti. From "Beautiful People"

    "I want everything I work on, from @midnight to Nerdist, to be inclusive. I don't want the comedy I create to point a finger at anybody -- I want these projects to feel like everybody's invited to this party." -- Chris Hardwick. From "Beautiful People"

    "Fred is breakable. There's ways I can break him. Any time I'm angry or scream, Fred will laugh." -- Carrie Brownstein on her Portlandia costar Fred Armisen. From "Will the Real Fred and Carrie Please Stand Up?"

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    "My idea of being a grownup was living behind a white picket fence and changing who you were -- getting a bob and wearing beige. But I found freedom through my brand and being myself and being able to do it my way. I really just want to empower people to feel like they're strong enough to make their own decisions." -- Nicole Richie. From "Quite Contrary: Nicole Richie's Success Keeps Sprouting"

    "It was a little hard to get money because it was a pretty dark film and Gia was a first-time director -- so I told my rep to find a movie that would pay me enough that I could just give it to Gia and get the movie made. I ended up doing a movie that I kind of enjoyed called Homefront, which was directed by Stallone." -- James Franco, on finding funds for Palo Alto. From "The Rad Pack: Director Gia Coppola Photographs the Young, Hot Cast of Her Debut Film, Palo Alto"

    "The thing about working with actors is that even though they're supposed to be hard, tough, dirt-caked ranch men, they're actors so they're very sensitive, very in touch. And they're all very musical -- there's a lot of singing and playing instruments backstage." Leighton Meester, on working with James Franco, Chris O'Dowd and others in Of Mice and Men. From "Leighton Meester Makes Her Broadway Debut"

    "People come up to me, but they are generally really nice. New York makes it easier, for me at least. People manage to be enthusiastic and sort of sane at the same time. And that's lovely." -- Daniel Radcliffe on being recognized in New York. From "Daniel Radcliffe Works His Magic on Broadway"

    "It's a great moment for photography because so many people are touched by it now. I'm obsessed with Instagram. I love the democraticness. Technically everyone is a photographer now." -- Inez van Lamsweerde. From "Inez and Vinoodh Take Their Relationship to the Next Level"

    "My main aim when I make music is to break this whole boundary of genre. There's this music industry snobbery that it all comes down to the musician. I wanted to make a point that 'No, my voice is going to lead this project.' There is no 'sound' to this album. The 'sound' is my voice." -- Sam Smith. From "Sam Smith is the Next Big Sound"

    "He served his time. He has the right to live an honest life. He should avoid the nightclub world." -- Michael Musto on Michael Alig. From "What's Next for Michael Alig"

    Summer 2014.jpg"I was really intoxicated onstage [earlier in my career]. I have more energy now. Also I work out... After a show, I have a couple drinks and then go to bed. [I used to] have a couple of drinks, and then more drinks, and not go to bed. But I've got kids now." -- Lily Allen. From "Lily Allen Has No Qualms About Her Return to the Pop World. She Knows Exactly What She's In For"

    "I think I was born in the wrong kind of family. I should have been born in the circus." Daphne Guinness, on her family ties to the Guinness brewery family and the Mitford sisters. From "Daphne Guinness Has the Style of a Rock Star. Turns Out She Also Has the Voice"

    "EDM is just a term that journalists came up with for the part of the market that sells energy drinks." -- Diplo. From "Diplo: The Cultural Agitator"

    "The only reason anything [gets released] from Disclosure now is because me and Howard like it. Maybe some of our friends like it or our mum likes it. If your mum likes it then someone out there is going to like it. That's our process." -- Guy Lawrence. From "Disclosure: The New Forefront"

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    "I've had meaningful relationships in the past 20 years, not just Kurt. But all the public wants to read about is Kurt, and being a movie star, and a fall from grace followed by a rise. I tend to be attracted to guys who don't want anything to do with all that. If you're an investment banker or a hedge-fund manager, the last thing you need is to be in Page Six." -- Courtney Love. From "Courtney Love Brings Anarchy to Hollywood"

    "Decadence is peaking. Everyone is slowly awakening. Even me. I think we're moving into a period where spirituality is going to be much more prevalent than fucking cash flow. I don't give a fuck about anything in excess. I just want  to make art and help people." -- Brooke Candy. From "Welcome to the Feral, Freaky World of Brooke Candy"

    "I object to people who are rich in politics. I don't think they should be allowed to be in politics. It is bad that rich people are in politics, it is bad for everybody but rich people, and rich people don't need any more help. Whenever people say, 'Oh he earned his money himself,' I always say the same thing: 'No one earns a billion dollars. People earn $10 an hour, people steal a billion dollars.'" -- Fran Lebowitz. From "Fran Lebowitz to Tourists: Stay Home"

    "I'm not a control freak, but I prefer being in control. Whenever I've given in to a makeup person or photographer taking my portrait, thinking that I'll just let them do their thing without adding my two cents... I've regretted it big time." -- Cindy Sherman. From "Cindy Sherman: Every Woman"

    "When I left school at 16 to start my first venture, Student magazine, my headmaster said I'd either become a millionaire or go to jail. I did both." -- Richard Branson. From "Richard Branson; The Ethical Tycoon"

    "Success is having opportunities to show and do work, and I'm happy that those keep unfolding for me. And, of course, that means having some kind of audience. I remember always being amazed at seeing young teenagers at [Sonic Youth] shows and thinking, 'How does that happen?'" -- Kim Gordon. From "Kim Gordon: The Queen of Noise"

    "The biggest success in my career so far is staying engaged in my work. I'm a powerful witch, we all are, and depending on how I choose to see a situation that's the experience I will have. It's outrageous what I've been able to do; doing drag in a male-dominant culture and becoming the world's most famous drag queen." -- RuPaul. From "RuPaul: Work Force."

    "I know that my personal victories come from facing the fear of being left out, of not being loved. The way that I face it is to express the smallest and most breakable parts of myself, to treat those parts as precious and let my audience hold those parts in their own hands for just a moment." --Jenny Slate. From "Jenny Slate: Obviously"

    "Never having to be around assholes." -- John Waters, on his definition of "success." From "John Waters: Trash Talker"

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    "You'll sleep when you're dead!" -- Riccardo Tisci. From "Riccardo Tisci's Teeming Inner World"

    "Music has never been lucrative to me. I think my image is more popular than my album sales. The stage is where I shine and pay my bills. But art is art to me. There's nothing new about cross-pollination in art to me because it's all one thing: an expression of who I am." -- Erykah Badu. From "Erykah Badu is Fashion's Most Important Nonconformist"

    "I feel like when people say, 'Oh, New York, it's such a tough town, you can't make it,' you have to work for it! Because everybody is working for what they want to do. Everybody is here chasing dreams. So if you're not trying to make it happen, you're not going to make it here." -- Ladyfag. From "Ladyfag: The Woman Saving New York Nightlife"

    "I've talked about having hair transplants, I've talked about my drug problems, I've talked about my drinking problems, I've talked about sex. I just think it's so much better to sort of be honest about those things. I always find it very dubious and I don't really trust people who deny human instincts."  -- Marc Jacobs. From "Marc Jacobs on Louis Vuitton, Porn Stars and Grindr"

    "It's my second-favorite thing that we do -- except, well, you know, obviously..." -- Natalia Kills, on composing with husband Willy Moon. From "How Natalia Kills is Seducing the World"

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    "There's nothing we can do that's not documented, so why not look your best, and amazing?" -- Kim Kardashian on dressing for the paparazzi. From "No Filter: An Afternoon with Kim Kardashian"

    "We have a contest that, once I reach a million followers, Tim and I will make love on webcam. I'm almost there." -- Eric Wareheim. From "Tim and Eric Do High-Fashion Drag"

    "If I'm smoking -- which, I'm usually smoking -- my finishing touch is ashes or me just blowing smoke on the picture. Just give it that ambience. Then I just stand back and look at the shit. And I say, 'Some motherfucker is gonna buy this piece of shit.'" -- Snoop Dogg. From "Snoop Dogg is the Jackson Pollock of Our Time"

    "For real, my first AOL screen name ever was 'RadBeaver.' This is not a joke. I thought beavers were funny animals and had no idea that it would attract creepers in chat rooms. Once I learned the other meaning of 'beaver' I quickly got off AOL and joined a convent." -- Aubrey Plaza. From "Aubrey Plaza on Prank Calls, Online Rumors and Her First AOL Screen Name"

    "This year I have One Direction reimagined as a tumbling act, and Miley Cyrus, not on salvia, on bath salts, doing human contortion acts like the human pretzel, rolling around the stage like a wheel." -- John Waters on his dream Christmas special. From "John Waters on Satanic Nativity Scenes and Spreading Perverted Holiday Cheer in Troubled Times"

    "Big asses, generous bottoms, big butts... I prefer the term voluptuous backsides, not only because it's more politically correct, but because it's more evocative, more lyrical. Some say that eroticism and fashion have nothing to do with each other, but I'm not sure I agree. What is certain is that sex will never go out of style." -- Jean Paul Goude. From "Voluptuous Backsides: The Art of Jean-Paul Goude"

    "My first order of business is to put a tiny webcam into my father's shower unbeknownst to him... I want people to be able to watch my father shower at all times. Not because it's right, but because people deserve to see anything that they can possibly imagine." -- The Fat Jew. From "The Fat Jew is Running for President of the Internet"

    "Because reality doesn't live up to fantasy. Because living in a body is a bitch. Because it's hard to be a spiritual being having a human experience, obvi." -- Twitter phenom @sosadtoday on why people are so sad today. From "Anonymity is Freedom: @sosadtoday on the Internet's Urgent Sadness"

    "Facebook isn't really a social network; it's an advertising platform. The customer is really the advertiser, and when your customer is the advertiser, everything you do is either to get more data or to show more ads. If Facebook knows your real name, you're really, really valuable to them." -- Paul Budnitz, cofounder of Ello.co. From "The Sister Network: Drag Stars, Facebook's 'Fake Name' Controversy and the Rise of Ello"

    "Certainly there's a dearth of female CEOs. There are more female designers now than there used to be, but there aren't many. It's also true with African Americans and diversity on the runway. How many black designers are there? Two? That's crazy."  -- Vanessa Friedman. From "Vanessa Friedman on Bad Reviews, John Galliano and Fashion's Diversity Problem"

    "I spent nine months in my mom's womb. The Wi-Fi was terrible." -- Tyler Oakley, on his longest stint offline. From "Internet Sensation Tyler Oakley Has Some Strong Opinions on Holiday Snacks"


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