The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2019

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Content warnings for discussions of mass violence and sexual misconduct.

I really don’t want to do this.

When I first started this feature, my list of pop cultural disappointments at least included some creative works that failed to live up to my expectations. But with each year, it seems like scandals and disasters occupied more and more of my attention. Well this year, it’s all scandals, and I just don’t have the energy to go in depth on each one, find source links, and write a compelling mini-essay.

But I’m nothing if not a traditionalist, and this is one of my blog’s annual traditions. So reluctantly, I bring you 2019: The Year in Shit. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 28, 2019

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This is a particularly Asia-centric edition of What I’ve Been Reading, and also a particularly serious one. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 26, 2018

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Minimal commentary this week. I’ve got shit to do. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 5, 2018

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A brief one this week, because I’m catching up on RTX streams. More

What I’ve Been Reading: June 17, 2018

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We’ve got a lot to cover this week, so let’s get started, shall we? Read on for pieces on Anna Delvey, Amy Bishop, and other people you haven’t heard of. More

What I’ve Been Reading: May 27, 2018

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Let’s boogie down with some links, shall we? Today, we’re talking about NXIVM, K-pop, and African gray parrots. More

What I’ve Been Reading: February 4, 2018

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This was supposed to go up last week, but I forgot. So have it this week instead! More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2017

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For a lot of people, 2017 was a disappointing year, socially and politically. The pop cultural disappointments pale by comparison, but that’s not going to stop me from running them down. So I present to you 2017: The Year in Shit. More

What I’ve Been Reading: January 7, 2018

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is all about East Asia. So let’s hop on a plane and get to it! More

What I’ve Been Reading: November 12, 2017

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This week’s edition of What I’ve Been Reading is all over the place. Octopuses, millenial woes, and cross-cultural differences in romance – it’s all below the cut. More

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