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'Innocence Is Kinky,' Proclaims New Album by Singer/Author Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval/Photo © Gunhild Varvin/Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
Jenny Hval/Photo © Gunhild Varvin/Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

The Scandinavian cultural invasion isn't limited to crime dramas -- or even to film. Norwegian author Jenny Hval (the title of her 2009 novel Perlebryggeriet translates to "The Pearl Brewery") has released a brand-new album called "Innocence is Kinky," which, besides sounding like a shoe-in for the Fifty Shades soundtrack, is partly inspired by images of women in film. You can read about the album in Hval's own words, or if you'd like to hear for yourself, you can watch the (NSFW-ish) music video at the end of this post. Consider it a nice contrast to the booty-bass you'll be hearing outside all summer long.

Are your brains still churning from the weekend? If so, now's the perfect time to test your wits against the state of Louisiana circa 1964, when black citizens were presented with a dastardly literacy test as a condition of their voting rights. See if you can tackle this: "Write right from the left to the right as you see it spelled here." Bonus points if you can do it before your morning cup of coffee.

The aspect ratio of films has changed dramatically -- hence that little button on your remote control that you keep having to adjust unless you want the actors to look all squashed. Here's a crash course on exactly how things have evolved over the years, and why.

Remember how America celebrated George Orwell's birthday by binge-buying copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four? Dutch artists honored the occasion by attaching little party hats to surveillance cameras all over the city of Utrecht. I wonder whether anyone thought to check on the city's farm animals and see if they received any unusual headgear.

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