It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

Back in 2009, McSweeney’s writer Colin Nissan stunned stateside suburban mothers with his hilariously accurate article, “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.” Each fall since, the cultivated San Francisco outpost re-publishes the think piece to great delight, reminding us all of just how silly it is to fill a wicker cornucopia with the orange-hued, hard-skin fruit in the name of seasonal cheer. But in that spirit …

Life Returns to NYC’s Ellis Island

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

French artist JR made a name for himself with large-scale creative undertakings that change viewers’ perceptions of location, space and time. His latest project takes on NYC’s historic entry port as his canvas. With “Unframed—Ellis Island,” JR has reopened Ellis Island Hospital to the public (for the first time in 60 years) and inside are archival images—blown up to massive proportions—of those who were treated …

John Malkovich Being Others

Snackwave, re-inventing the phone call, JR on Ellis Island and more in our weekly look at the web

Celebrated photographer Sandro Miller set out to pay homage to some of his profession’s most iconic images, and to do so, he enlisted the help of actor John Malkovich. With tongue firmly in cheek, Malkovich resurrects each portrait’s main subject—from Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936) to Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait (1986)—with stunning resemblance.