Category: Pop Culture

Running Into Your Past

“Look, it had to happen at some point. In a city of eight million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife.”       — When Harry Met Sally    The other day I decided to upgrade my phone to something that with a screen large enough that my aging eyes could see without squinting and a battery that might…

“Here’s What They Need to Do…”

“For every complex problem, there’s a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”    — H.L. Mencken  Did you ever notice how some people think they’re experts on topics they know nothing about?  And these same people always have some super simple thing that will solve a complex problem, that clearly you, the actual expert on this topic, just haven’t…

Re-imagining the Past

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about how we re-imagine the past.  It’s interesting how we look back at things from when we were younger and using today’s frame of reference, either judge them as better or worse than they were. There’s a couple of very striking examples of this that have come up over the past week.  First,…

Black Friday as a Racist & Classist Sport

I hate shopping.  I really, really hate it. I’d rather do almost anything than go shopping.  I haven’t stepped foot in a mall in years – malls make me claustrophobic and cranky.  Needless to say, I avoid Black Friday like the plague. But that’s because I can.  I can, and do, have the economic privilege that allows me to avoid…

Why Is TV So Rapey?

I don’t watch a lot of TV.  I don’t have cable and I will often go weeks without turning on the TV.  But recently I saw some clips of a show called Outlander and wanted to check it out.  I searched until I found the remote.  I re-hooked up the roku.  And I settled in to enjoy what I thought…

TV Commercials From Your Youth

Tonight my roommate and I were trying to remember what commercial had the “Now that’s a spicy meatball” tagline. (It’s alka-seltzer).  It made me think about how often people in my house reference commercials from the 1970s. When the dog gets picky about his food we call him “Mikey”.  If someone asks what I’m doing on Wednesday I’ll remind them…