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The Brothers Parton: The newly resurrected “10 Essentials” series takes us behind the scenes with the brothers behind Apolis Activism. [GQ Eye]

The Reemergence of ‘Ye: Apparently Kanye played a secret show at the Box last night, in which he complained that not enough women sext him when he’s on the road. Take a minute with that one. [The Awl]

Life Lessons: Feast your eyes on the 30 worst baseball cards of all time. Style lessons include not wearing a sombrero, a Budweiser-themed umbrella-hat, or a novelty wig. [Acid Cow]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Akira Kurosawa: In case you’ve got a spare 30 hours this weekend, here’s a rundown of all the Kurosawa movies you never got around to watching. [AV Club]

The Birth of the Cool


We’ve been scanning our latest tumblr obsession The Impossible Cool for a while, and we’ve detected a couple of patterns.

First, in addition to the usual actor suspects—Mr. McQueen, Mr. Clooney—there’s a healthy spattering of genuine genius, including Robert Altman and our personal favorite, Mr. Kurosawa. For all the cross-cultural fun we’ve had over the past twenty years, it’s easy to forget he was the first one importing American staples like the shoot-em-up western to eastern shores.

Second, they’re almost all sporting shades.