Category Archives: Culture Updates

Culture Update: The Atlantic, Susan Choi, and “Shooting Stars”

Here are some cultural products I think you should check out ASAP: THE ATLANTIC: THE EDUCATION ISSUE The cover is provocative, as is the headline title: “Is College Doomed?” In this issue of the Atlantic, Graeme Wood examines whether traditional … Continue reading

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Culture Update 6/2/14: Vivaldi and James Joyce in June

Greetings, culture-lovers. June has begun, and I’m very pumped for the delectable intellectual samplings just waiting to be enjoyed this season. Before I begin this culture update, I wanted to briefly mention two books on my current reading list. You’ve … Continue reading

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Culture Update: Corruption Edition

I had the notion, months ago, of publishing this post. I had encountered, in a short period of time, one source too many of institutional corruption, American, Venezuelan, Indian, and Iranian. But, as often happens, my own privileged life went on; … Continue reading

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Culture Update 2/28/14: Pseudo Science, Trans-Parent, Boston Flick, RuPaul

Lots to cover this week: Whole Foods: Whole Lotta Nonsense? In this provocative Daily Beast article, Michael Schulson points out that while the pseudoscience behind, say, creationism or its more science-kosher avatar intelligent design, is rightly decried by educated liberals … Continue reading

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Culture Update 2/24/14: Academics, Coriolanus, and Capote

Some important articles and cultural considerations I’ve been mulling over for the past week or so: Kristof: Exhorting PhDs to Get Involved Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote a column last week (“Professors, We Need You!”), carefully and … Continue reading

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Mini Culture Update: August: Osage County Film

The first theater review I wrote for My Entertainment World (found here), was of a production of August: Osage County. Tracy Lett’s play delves into the troubled family foibles of the Westons, an Oklahoma family famous for feuds of epic … Continue reading

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Culture Update 07/29/13: “Difficult Women,” Bulgakov, A Late Quartet

Article of the Week Emily Nussbaum’s “Difficult Women” (The New Yorker) There has been a lot of discussion about the rise of the anti-hero in American cable television, most of the coverage arising from the recent death of James Gandolfini, … Continue reading

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Culture Update 05/21/2013: Orwell, Raymond Chandler, Good Will Hunting

Here are some of the projects I’m working on now: Orwell: Homage to Catalonia George Orwell has written some of my favorite fiction and nonfiction. Top points in my book go to 1984 and Down and Out in Paris and … Continue reading

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Culture Update 3/4/2013

Quickie of the Week The New York Times article “The Perils of Perfection” offers a questioning look at Silicon Valley’s need to “Have an app” for everything. It’s one thing to have nifty means of reducing stress or being more … Continue reading

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Culture Update 7/29/2012

All right, let’s make this short and sweet: Surprise of the Week: Pokemon Ruby Suffice it to say I was obsessed with the Pokemon games and culture from 1998 to an indefinite period (meaning it only vaguely tapered off when … Continue reading

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