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Monday, June 13, 2016

When It Comes To Violence, Does A PG-13 Rating Mean Anything Anymore?, by Kyle Buchanan, Slate

If you have even a passing interest in movies, it won’t come as news to you that the MPAA’s rating system is broken.

Poetry Slam, by Michael Lista, The Walrus

Cowardly critics and bad art—a Canadian codependency.

Cooking Is A Simple Route To Joy, by David Ferguson, The Guardian

When you head into the kitchen to cook, to smell and touch and taste, you are grounding yourself in life and the world through your senses. You focus your concentration and work wondrous alchemies, combining earthly ingredients with fire, air and water and transforming them into so much more than the sum of their parts.

Europe's First Pornographic Blockbuster Was Made In The Vatican, by Esther Inglis-Arkell, Atlas Obscura

Any pilgrims visiting Vatican City will spend some time in the Raphael Rooms. Decorated with iconic frescoes by Raphael and the artists of his workshop, these reception rooms in the Palace of the Vatican have left generations of tourists awestruck. They may also have inspired awe in the less high-minded.

According to legend, these Vatican showrooms, the apartments of the popes, once contained the now-lost artwork for the western world's first pornographic blockbuster.