Genes Might Determine Friendships + The Strokes at Coachella (?) in Today's Eight Items or Less

Gary Pini

1. Malcolm Gladwell's Blink theory of "thinking without thinking" gets further credence from a new study that shows how our genes play a role in choosing friends. US researchers uncovered "tentative evidence of a genetic component to friendship." (Spoiler alert! Alcoholics like to hang out together) [BBC]

2. Who's playing Coachella? The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard etc. start the guessing with Duran Duran, OMD, Gary Numan, The Strokes and Arcade Fire. Official word is expected next week.

3. Juxtapoz magazine curated a film series called "All the Wrong Art" at New York's MoMA (11 West 53rd Street) from February 7 to 14. The first screening on Monday, February 7, 7 p.m., features Douglas Blake's bio-doc Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin'. The film will be preceeded by a conversation between Williams, the film's directors and PAPER's Carlo McCormick.  MoMA has all the details and the full schedule.

4. What does Miley Cyrus have in common with Jared Loughner? According to today's New York Times they're both smoking Salvia divinorum. [NYT]

5. A British court fined a hotel for refusing to give a gay couple a room with a double bed.  [Sydney Morning Herald]

6. The on-again/off-again eBay auction of Banksy's identity reached almost $1 million and apparently inspired another seller, who is currently offering the UK artist's real name for "a fraction of the cost" with a buy-it-now of only $4,000.

7. Every picture of Ryan Gosling and his dog on the Internet. [Buzzfeed]

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