I was supposed to write an essay or two in the past month, and to be honest, it just slipped my mind. So instead I’m back with thinkpiece links, both in text and video form. Today we’re covering anime dubbing, the A.V. Club, and the Oscars.Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: April 10, 2022”
I meant to post this edition of WIBR last weekend, but I just kinda… forgot. So here it is, a week late. Oopsie-doodles! Read on for pieces on streaming apps, music journalism, and of course, the Oscars. (Wait, they’re still doing those???)Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: March 13, 2022”
Content warnings: sexual abuse; suicide; death
This blog’s most time-honoured  tradition returns. 2021 fucking sucked. A global pandemic raged on, the rich continued to get richer, and uncontrollable forest fires demonstrated that global warming’s effects are already here. Simply put, shit’s fucked. Viewed in that light, talking about pop-cultural disappointments feels petty. But you know what? This is my personal blog, and I’m allowed be petty and laugh at stupid things. So that’s what I’m going to do, as I’ve done every year since… -searches blog- holy shit I’ve been doing this since 2011??? How have I not lost my fucking mind yet???
A reminder: these aren’t necessarily the worst aspects of pop culture in 2021. They’re just the things that disappointed me the most, personally. So without further ado, I bring you 2021: the year in shit.Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2021”
In the past few years, I’ve more or less stopped using this blog as a space to opine on things I know very little about. But seeing as I’m currently unemployed and have nothing better to do (aside from y’know, applying for jobs or honing my professional skills), today I’m going to talk about Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent.Continue reading “On St. Vincent and Promotional Cycles”
As March rolls on and winter wanes, people are still writing things on the Internet. Such is the way of the world. This week, we’re talking about sandwiches, journalism, and video game release dates.Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: March 7, 2021”
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. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2019”
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? Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: November 17th, 2019”
I’m feeling lazy this week, so there will be very little commentary. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: October 20, 2019”
This is a particularly Asia-centric edition of What I’ve Been Reading, and also a particularly serious one. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: July 28, 2019”
You thought I’d let the entire month of June pass without a single blog post? You fool. You absolute God damn fool. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: June 30, 2019”