Screw “Guilty Pleasures”: No More Cultural Taste Shaming
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Screw “Guilty Pleasures”: No More Cultural Taste Shaming

I read a brilliant piece yesterday called “In Defense of Schlock Music” where the author, Jody Rosen, proposes an argument for a genuine appreciation of Billy Joel and Journey. I’m not doing it justice– it’s awesome, go read it.  But it struck me as odd that we culturally feel some moral responsibility to only appreciate … Continue reading

The Sexy Sociopath: The Dangers of Pop Culture’s Irresistible Ineligible Bachelors
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The Sexy Sociopath: The Dangers of Pop Culture’s Irresistible Ineligible Bachelors

After (far too long of) a time perusing Tumblr and a misguided decision to see That Awkward Moment, it has dawned on me recently that our pop culture male romantic ideals are steadily moving into  two major groups: the delightfully curmudgeon mess– the “Manic Pixie Dream Guy” (more on this later)– and The Sexy Sociopath. … Continue reading

Picture Perfect Casts: Female Authors
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Picture Perfect Casts: Female Authors

I often find myself casting the movie versions of…well, everything: books, TV shows, conversations between strangers on the street. Casting celebrities as historical figures is extra fun, because I like to think that my choices will inevitably lead these actors to Oscar victory. After all, biographical films are probably the most sure-fire way for any … Continue reading