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Category Archive: Pop culture

Jul 21 2014

Recommended reading: bumper edition

Life happened and I haven’t posted much recently. While I catch up on the work, you can all catch up on the reading.

Jul 17 2014

God and the ghost in the machine: atheism, transhumanism and Spike Jonze’s Her

Science fiction shows the moment when an robot disobeys its programming as an ascent to sentience; religion does the same thing while calling it a fall.

Jun 30 2014

Rolf Harris: the day it turned out nice men can be predators

Admitting Harris was a nice guy means admitting, too, that apparent nice guys do what he did.

Jun 16 2014

The trouble with Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A well put-together, thoughtfully directed thriller’s script still fails fundamentally at what it sets out to do.

Jun 05 2014

Chapter 1: Starman

When he draped a single, languid arm around Mick Ronson, life went from sepia to Technicolor.

Jun 04 2014

Recommended reading: Rocky Horror, RuPaul, racism, Elliot Rodger and arguing badly

I’ve liked a few things lately. Snorking them all at once seemed like a good idea.

Jun 01 2014

In the Flesh: the best LGBT series since Queer as Folk

As I write, zombie drama In the Flesh is soon to air its second series’ penultimate episode. Chances are you’re reading this after watching; those who aren’t, spoilers follow. Flesh, which last month won BAFTA’s Best Miniseries award, is a knockdown argument for several things, among them BBC Three’s value, the rewards of employing first-time writers and why genre shows will never, ever …

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May 27 2014

No more tears: Michael Sam and the camera’s fetish for queer crying

Queer people have been painted in a narrow colour palette, portraits of moist helplessness lining wall after wall – those of us who chose rage instead are nowhere to be seen.

May 15 2014

Conchita Wurst never needed your acceptance

The Eurovision winner played on the ego of her would-be saviours, as she played those behind the backlash against her.

Mar 01 2014

Weird and wonderful: why Matt Smith’s Doctor was better than David Tennant’s

Doctors

At Christmas, in a sudden, violent lurch, Peter Capaldi’s face became the Doctor’s. His announcement in the role pleased critics and excited fans as David Tennant’s had in 2005, fresh off the smash-hit set of Casanova – both actors, loved by the public as it was, were hotly tipped for the part. Capaldi, pictured last …

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