On the marriage of popular and artistic sensibilities (not that they were all that far from each other?)
If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.
The true weirdoes, god love them, can't help themselves. I wasn't one of those folks, and I knew it.
How to survive the modern digital cultural flood: have no sense of history.
More on the idea that entertainments can be engines of empathy.
"Transgressive" isn't what it used to be. Maybe it never was.
Why bad video game lore is a lot like bad pop culture: it embodies the wrong lessons.
Modern fandom of the fantastic is transformative, not passive.
Comics are just for kids. Right?
Why never to say something can't win Best Picture. Or shouldn't.
Speed kills culture, not just individuals.
On ephemeral culture that never gets around to being ephemeral.
The new American man doesn't have to be a dudebro or a feminized wimp; he can be a step in the right direction.
My Little Insight: "'there's a point where a pleasant lack of cynicism ... becomes insular naivete.'"
Remakes: the poor man's newness.
Looking backward keeps us from looking forward.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to sell.
To engage with the world in the here and now, or to withdraw? The case for both.
On the difference between "culture" and "lifestyle".
Self-publishing shouldn't just be an excuse to recapitulate what exists.
On appreciating the new without wearing the blinders of the old.
On culture being a tasteless affair (puns intended).
It might be better to think of more things as being art, even the things we wouldn't be inclined to call art.
A culture of free cannot be sustained by an economy of free.
More on why art doesn't sit on the rungs of a ladder.
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