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Tag 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 05 2014

Chapter 1: Starman

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

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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Nov 04 2013

Project Runway: how (not) to avant garde

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As if to quell the steaming rage of fans over last week’s attempt at punk, Daniel Esquivel got sent home on Thursday’s Project Runway. The challenge, an insect-and-arachnid-style avant garde task, prompted better designs than the prior episode’s. Daniel’s even looked quite good from the back. Flowy chocolate brown ball gown billowing as its wearer walks? …

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Nov 01 2013

Spoiler-free first thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

Just having emerged from Thor: The Dark World since a friend reminded me to see it, I type this from the Carlisle branch of Waterstones. (From the Costa, that is, strangely if typically built in. The Earl Grey satisfies; milk rationing per cup continues to frustrate.) Conclusive thoughts on films take time to form, and usually, at …

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