Live From Apple’s iPhone 5S Announcement

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Here we go! After months of rumors and a seemingly endless torrent of speculation, it’s finally time for Apple to announce what they’ve been working on for the last few months.

While we can never be completely sure what Apple is set to announce, the signs have long been pointing at the debut of a new iPhone 5S, as well as the potential announcement of a second, cheaper iPhone variant that the ol’ rumor mill has dubbed the “5C”.

Apple’s announcement is set to begin at 10 AM Pacific (12PM Central, 1 PM Eastern, 6 PM London) today, and we’ll be bringing you all of the up-to-the-second news by way of our live blog down below. We’ll be kicking off the live blog a bit before then (let’s say, 9:30 am?) with commentary and photos from the scene, so tune in early! Update: And we’re live!

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“Angles Are Attitudes”: Men’s Style Tips From Pop Culture’s Greatest Fashion Icons

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Brooks Brothers has unveiled its new limited-edition men’s clothing line, created in collaboration with The Great Gatsby costume designer Catherine Martin. Gatsby isn’t the first pop culture project to reinvigorate interest in the distinctive and discerning man of the Roaring Twenties. The gentlemen of Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey have recently donned wingtip shoes, white waistcoats, and straw boaters. With the “dreamlike world of pristine green laws and lavish parties” in mind, we gathered great fashion tips from ten cultural icons to learn the secrets of sharp-dressed men.

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What Your Favorite Pop Culture Idols Were Wearing as Teens

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Our favorite photo of the week belongs to Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton who shared an uber nerdy image of himself wearing ankle watches (with friendship bracelets!), acid-washed jeans, and a ratty Depeche Mode tee. We’ve featured the image of the Stand by Me star after the jump, along with photos of other pop culture idols and their (mostly) regrettable teen fashions. It’s a snapshot of simpler times, before the stylists and PR managers thoroughly preened them. See what a few of your favorite, famous teen heroes were wearing back in the day, below.

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Music’s Greatest Gender-Defying Fashion Statements

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We spent yesterday thinking seriously about the role of gender in Shaking the Habitual, the fantastic new album by The Knife. Today, we thought we’d revisit the same topic in a rather more lighthearted way: by looking at some of music’s more memorable gender-defying fashion statements over the years. Androgyny and ambiguity have long been part of popular music, after all, and they’ve been responsible for some of its most memorable imagery. From The Knife to Grace Jones and a certain remarkable German countertenor, here are some of the best.

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Vladimir Nabokov’s Drawings of Butterflies

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In honor of Vladimir Nabokov’s upcoming birthday, we thought we’d take a look at the literary great’s artistic expression of the one thing he loved as much as language – lepidoptera. In his whirling autobiography, Speak, Memory, Nabokov writes, “From the age of seven, everything I felt a connection with a rectangle of framed sunlight was dominated by a single passion. If my first glance of the morning was for the sun, my first thought was for the butterflies it would engender… I have hunted butterflies in various climes and disguises: as a pretty boy in knickerbockers and sailor cap; as a lanky cosmopolitan expatriate in flannel bags and beret; as a fat hatless old man in shorts.” We must say, we love the idea of this in its every iteration. In general, most of the butterflies Nabokov drew were for “family use” – he sketched them as inscriptions…

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Eva Hesse: “Pre-Sculpture”

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Kirsten Swenson, a contributor to the new book, Eva Hesse 1965, edited by Barry Rosen, writes here on the artist’s important transitions beginning in the last five years of her short life, as Hesse changed media from drawing and painting to sculpting the works for which she is so widely known.

Kirsten Swenson—

The sculptures made by Eva Hesse beginning in late 1965 up to the time of her death in May, 1970, are canonical works of postwar American art, yet the paintings and drawings made throughout her “pre-sculptural” career have just begun to receive sustained attention.  Over the spring of 1965, Hesse transitioned from drawing and painting to sculpture by way of a series of reliefs that she created near the end of a fifteen-month German residency.  The reliefs summon a complex set of issues ranging from Hesse’s personal history fleeing the Holocaust on the Kindertransport…

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Notes From a Native New Yorker: The Global Queens

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Michelle Stein–

Although this month’s Global and International Studies theme suggests a look at places far afield from home, in the US, where people come every day in search of a new life, international studies can be found even in the interactions of neighbors or a walk through a town or city.

New York City has long been a hub for immigrants.  In another time, Ellis Island was the entry point to the United States for twenty million newcomers.  Many of them, as many current immigrants, settled throughout New York City to find work, homes, and a new life.  As well as being the largest borough in New York City, Queens has emerged as its center for immigrant life, with foreign born individuals making up forty-four percent of Queens residents. Queens even played host to two World’s Fairs, in 1939-1940 and 1964-1965.  And in 1992 Queens County was declared the…

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