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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 10.18.11

10/18/2011 11:11:32 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, Iceland, 100 Abandoned Houses, Peter Sekaer, labiaplasty, Day of Rage, Cowpocalypse, media, Staff

Peter_Sekaer

Although not as famous as Dorothea Lange or Walker Evans, photographer Peter Sekaer may be the most relevant of the three today.

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How old is your nation’s literature? Iceland’s sagas date back to the 12th century.

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Do you love your body? If the answer is no, it’s time that you do.

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Porn plays a role in the rise of women seeking labiaplasty.

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Trying to convince your boss to give you a raise? You’ll be more effective if you pitch your case with neuroscientific language.

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Here’s a little bit of celebrity schadenfreude: Brad Pitt being hit by 200 cars.

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A minimal, secular nativity scene doubles as “an experiment to see if the characters are still recognizable even after they have been reduced to only their color and composition.” Seriously. Baby Jesus is a white block.

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Photoblog In Focus collected the best images from around the world during the global “Day of Rage,” a series of protests in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.

 

Up for debate: A magazine is an iPad that doesn’t work.

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What would a $1 trillion budget cut look like? Leave the explanation to fiscal gladiator Ron Paul.

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A missive from the aftermath of the digital Cowpocalypse.

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What’s the cost of commuting to work every day by automobile? For you and your spouse, a paltry $125,000.

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Finally, a website that lets you know when, exactly, Mercury is in retrograde.

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Who says poetry doesn’t pay? A Canadian poet dedicates his poems to liquor companies and bars in a kind of literary product placement and is compensated with booze.

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100 Abandoned Houses photo project. Beautiful and haunting.

Image of trailers for defense workers at Vultee Aircraft Plant, Nashville, Tennessee, by Peter Sekaer 



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