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: November 17th, 2019

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This is a weird What I’ve Been Reading that contains articles I’ve been compiling over the past month, so I don’t exactly remember why I compiled them. Let’s find out together, shall we? More

What I’ve Been Reading: October 20, 2019

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I’m feeling lazy this week, so there will be very little commentary. More

What I’ve Been Reading: September 15, 2019

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It’s been awhile since we did one of these, so let’s do one, shall we? We’re going to talk about books (both real and counterfeit), Uber, and s-s-s-s-sex. Spicy! More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 18, 2019

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Back by (un)popular demand, it’s What I’ve Been Reading. This week, we’re talking about politics, cars, and “botanical sexism”? What’s botanical sexism? Read on to find out. 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: March 18, 2018

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We haven’t done one of these in a while. So let’s do one. Read on for articles about roommates, neural nets, and the Mississippi River. More

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