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TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2014

TIME's photo editors and renowned photography experts select the 27 photobooks that defined 2014

In 2014, photobook collecting continued to thrive with even more photographers than ever breaking traditional formats and leveling the hierarchy of traditional publishing platforms by taking on all aspects of controlling and presenting their own work via self publishing.

This was made even more evident when many of TIME’s editors selected the same books for this list, leading to the decision of highlighting, in addition to the 26 books presented here, one book that we felt stood out amongst the rest: Peter van Agmael’s Disco Night September 11, which, not only, is an incisive and searing look at the state of America, still caught in maelstroms of war and its aftershocks, but also a distinctly original presentation of documentary work.

Van Agtmael self-published Disco Night September 11, like many of his contemporaries featured here, some of whom turned to crowd-funding platforms such as Kickstarter to set new records for support, encouraging artists to re-consider the photobook as a primary medium to share their message.

With peers and colleagues around the globe, we sought out to discover new titles and emerging artists presented at events such as the New York Art Book Fair and Offprint Paris, among countless other emerging fairs.

In this gallery, we spotlight the best photobooks of the past year as chosen by photographers and photography experts from around the world and, of course, by our photo editors at TIME. This is not a comprehensive list. Instead, these are personal choices made with the agonizing rule of selecting just one photo book for 2014 in its entirety.

Once again the selection confirms that many of us still enjoy being transfixed, or transported, by an encounter with a singular vision. After all, the pleasure and quiet thrill that one gets sitting down with a good book — especially one that pushes the boundaries of the format — simply can’t be reproduced in mere ones and zeroes.

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Nathan the Bloodhound Wins the National Dog Show for His Best Thanksgiving Ever

Nathan, Bloodhound (Best in Show, Hound Group Winner)
Nathan the bloodhound, winner of Best in Show at the 2014 National Dog Show Steve Donahue—SeeSporRun Photo

This is his biggest win yet

A 4-year-old bloodhound named Nathan took home the title of Best in Show at the 2014 National Dog Show on Thursday.

First, Nathan bested his fellow comrades in the hound category, then he beat out Freda the French bulldog and Bogey the samoyed to take home the top prize, PEOPLE reports. This is the biggest win so far for Nathan, who has been competing in dog shows since he was six months old.

But Nathan’s win wasn’t the only big news at this year’s show: another contestant — a miniature pinscher — escaped from its owner, dashing his chances at becoming a champion this time.

[PEOPLE]

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Watch Uruguay’s President Give This Homeless Man Money During a TV Interview

"I want you to be President forever!"

Correction appended: Nov. 27, 2014, 2:25 a.m. E.T.

Uruguayan President José Mujica was talking to journalists in the capital Montevideo on Tuesday night when a homeless man asked him for some change.

“Give me a coin of yours, Pepe,” the man said.

“Look, brother,” replied the President, “I don’t have a coin but don’t cry!”

Mujica then handed the man a 100 peso bill.

The man shouted, “I want you to be President forever!” to which Mujica replied, “No, no … You’re crazy!”

The footage aired on Uruguay’s Teledoce TV channel.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated that President José Mujica gave a homeless man a $100 bill. He gave the man a 100 peso bill.

TIME animals

Watch a Slow-Motion Video of a Turkey on a Treadmill

No, it’s not running away from your fork

Animals on treadmills are having a moment today. But where “Munchkin the Teddy Bear” treads that moving belt in the name of cuteness, this turkey trots for science. Thomas Roberts, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, spends his days watching turkeys run on treadmills, as Chris Duffy writes for Digg, to help “scientists understand how to build more efficient robots, to understand neuromuscular disorders, and to design better prosthetics for humans.”

Turkeys, which can reach speeds faster than six miles per hour, work well as research subjects due to their size and anatomy. And if you shoot in black and white and slow down the footage, as Duffy did here, they almost look like something out of an abstract art house film.

Dr. Roberts recently appeared on Duffy’s podcast, You’re the Expert, in which a team of comedians attempts to guess, à la 20 questions, what a professor studies. In addition to Roberts (who, yes, to answer one comedian’s question, studies something that rhymes with “smiology”), the show has featured academics who study sand, fish noises and canine cognition.

Now, for the million-dollar question: Does Roberts eat turkey on Thanksgiving? He does. “I just don’t think about it,” he admits.

Listen to the full episode below:

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A Bartender at the Buccaneers’ Stadium Got Caught Selling Colored Water As Alcohol

Liquor bottles on bar shelves
Stuart Gregory—Getty Images

Introducing the latest cocktail rage: H-2-O

One tequila with a splash of intrigue, please.

The bartender at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium was reportedly caught serving flavored water as alcohol, local NBC affiliate WFLA reports.

A conversation recorded by a man named Troy Sykes purportedly exposed the offending bartenders with pouring water from a decorative bottle of booze after Sykes ordered tequila.

“That whole thing is full of water,” Sykes is heard saying on the recording. “Can I see that bottle? Do you service that to people?” he asked, and the bar served it to him. The phone recording also captures the manager explaining that “every liquor” that is sold at the bar is put on display in the back.

“All full of water?” Troy asked.

“Um hmm,” she responds in the recording.

An alcohol industry attorney told WFLA that it is illegal to serve water from an alcoholic beverage bottle that has a label on it.

The stadium concessions vendor, Aramark, said that “what occurred was an honest mistake,” and that Sykes was immediately refunded.

[WFLA]

TIME Internet

This Mash-up of Kanye West and Sam Smith Was Meant to Be

Smith can’t tell you nothing, and West is not the only one

The first brilliant take on Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” was the brainchild of Zach Galifianakis, who brilliantly (and inexplicably) lip-synced the song while gyrating on a tractor. The second comes courtesy of Carlos Serrano, whose SoundCloud page is a tiny universe of creative mash-ups. Serrano layered West’s 2007 Grammy-nominated song over Sam Smith’s heart-wrenching ballad “I’m Not the Only One” to surprisingly successful results.

The simple piano melody and lilting strings of Smith’s track imbue the rap song with a sense of calm and resignation not found in the original. Does it work thematically? It’s definitely a stretch. One song is about money and bravado, and the other, about the victim of an unfaithful partner. But no matter, because the mash-up is all about the sonic blend.

Serrano’s mash-ups of TLC and Haim, The Notorious B.I.G. and Ellie Goulding, and Rihanna and Daft Punk are also worth a listen. The best musical marriages are often the least expected.

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14 Thanksgiving Movies and TV Shows You Can Stream Right Now

Rocky
United Artists

Remember when Mr. Bean and Monica from Friends got their heads stuck in turkeys? We do, too

If you don’t want Thanksgiving to end, then grab a turkey drumstick for a snack and feast your eyes on these holiday-themed movies and TV shows that we’ve drummed up — highlights of what’s available to stream online via Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or Amazon’s Instant Video section.

Movies

Bean (1997): In what’s arguably the best depiction of stuffing a turkey in recent movie history, the hapless Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) looks for his misplaced watch in a turkey that has already been stuffed, and is then found bumbling around the kitchen with the bird stuck over his head.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973): The gang gathers around a ping-pong table as Snoopy carves the turkey for the Peanuts version of this tradition. Charlie Brown keeps up the tradition of missing the football.

Rocky (1976): Paulie (Burt Young) throws the Thanksgiving turkey out the window in a rage, so Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) and Adrian (Talia Shire) bust out of there and go to a nearby ice skating rink where they start to get to know each other.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947): The film features footage shot during the 1946 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. According to Turner Classic Movies, Santa Claus, played by Edmund Gwenn, “was given the task of riding in the actual Santa Claus float during the parade and climbing to the top of the Macy’s marquee. The crowds were not aware at the time that it was Gwenn waving to them.”

Brokeback Mountain (2005): Tense Thanksgiving dinner scenes spark fights over carving the turkey and watching football — acts that have been analyzed (here and here) as symbols of masculinity.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987): Steve Martin is a businessman scrambling to get home for Thanksgiving after a snowstorm delays his flight in this John Hughes farce. John Candy plays a pesky salesman who tags along for the ride.

The Ice Storm (1997): Another film that involves a storm hitting around Thanksgiving, this family drama stars Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, and Christina Ricci.

Home for the Holidays (1995): Fun fact: It supposedly took 64 turkeys to shoot this Thanksgiving flick, directed by Jodie Foster.

House of Yes (1997): Guy introduces fiancée to his eccentric family over the holiday, including a sister who reenacts JFK’s assassination with pasta and sauce.

ThanksKilling (2009, 2012): Sometimes watching a movie that’s so bad it’s funny can be a great way to bond. For instance, consider these two films, one about a homicidal turkey that hunts college kids, and another that features characters described as “Flowis the rapping grandma” and “Rhonda the bisexual space worm.”

TV

(In case you can’t stand to be sitting with your relatives for the length of a feature film)

The West Wing (“Shibboleth,” Season 2, Episode 8): White House press secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) has to figure out which of the two live Thanksgiving turkeys left in her office is more photogenic for the president to pardon.

How I Met Your Mother (“Slapsgiving,” Seasons 3, 5, 9): This day of thanks is also a day of getting slapped in the face for Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). However, the HIMYM team apologized for the martial arts-themed “Slapsgiving 3,” because it was considered racist.

Gilmore Girls (“A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving,” Season 3, Episode 9): Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) have four Thanksgiving dinners to attend — and there’s some college admissions drama thrown in the mix.

Friends (“The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks,” Season 5, Episode 8): The cast reminisces on the time Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Monica (Courtney Cox) both got their heads stuck in turkeys in dramatic ways — memorably, Monica’s is even wearing sunglasses.

TIME celebrity

Meghan Trainor Performs New Thanksgiving Classic Songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

“Whoa — Why Did Linda Bring Kevin?” is sure to become a new holiday classic

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel rightly pointed out the serious lack of songs about Thanksgiving, despite the existence of an entire genre of Christmas music. To fill this gap, he invited Meghan Trainor — whose number one single “All About That Bass” is finally seeing the last of its parodies — to create some brand new turkey day classics.

Dressed in her best autumn sweater, Trainor tackles many of the subjects that make Thanksgiving a memorable day, if not always in a good way: travel delays, racist family members, politics at the dinner table, and other holiday plights that only a heaping helping of mashed potatoes can begin to compensate for.

As the faux-infomercial unveils more song titles, including the spot-on “I Would Like to Leave (To Get Drunk with My Friends),” it becomes apparent that Thanksgiving is perhaps best enjoyed sans music. The smell of gravy and the sight of a giant inflatable Pikachu should set the mood just fine.

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Ellen DeGeneres Plays Anastasia Steele in Hilarious Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Parody

Christian Grey has finally found his soul mate.

Sultry, sexy, steamy. Those are all adjectives people use to describe mega-hit Fifty Shades of Grey. But those are not words normally associated with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — until now.

DeGeneres just unveiled her own part in the erotic bestseller turned Hollywood film on her show Ellen, and it’s a winner. While Fifty Shades claims to have cast Dakota Johnson as the film’s wide-eyed lead, Anastasia Steele, DeGeneres revealed that it’s all been a ruse, and she is actually the star of the film and has the trailer to prove it.

In the clip, DeGeneres stares balefully at the film’s charismatic and chiseled male protagonist, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), as she interviews him in his austere offices, watches him play piano and kisses him on the streets of Seattle. With just one glance at DeGeneres as Anastasia Steele, it’s clear that poor, troubled Christian Grey has finally met his true soul mate—as long as she gets the popcorn off her face.

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TIME animals

Here’s a Shih Tzu Walking on a Treadmill in a Teddy Bear Costume

Add this video to your list of things to be thankful for.

Today in just because why not, here is a video of a shih tzu named Munchkin walking on a treadmill in a teddy bear costume. The world is a difficult place to live in, and that is why there are dogs like Munchkin and benevolent fairy dog parents who record them doing ridiculous (or ridiculously cute) things.

Munchkin is an established YouTube celebrity, as millions have watched her alias “Munchkin the Teddy Bear” exhibit her talent of looking cute in a teddy bear costume that makes her appear to be walking upright.

It’s been a rough week, tomorrow’s a holiday, the weather’s disgusting, and this video is only 30 seconds long. You’re welcome.

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