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Popular Fictions

Dirtbag Medievalism

Today I want to talk about medievalism, and more specifically, dirtbag medievalism, a kind of popular medievalism that I don't think has been fully...

Mare’s Hair

Note: Spoilers for Mare of Easttown and also The Holiday Here’s an important and (as far as I can yet tell) unaddressed question for Mare of...

The Fast and the Family

In the opening scene of the fourth film, a blazing petroleum tank pins Domenic Torretto (Vin Diesel) at a cliff's edge as it barrels...

Mask Up

  This essay contains spoilers. Early-ish in The Mandalorian, the camera pans over a grisly display of shattered, blood-stained Imperial stormtrooper helmets on pikes. But these...

Virgins, Vamps, and Mermaids

In director Richard Benjamin’s 1990 film Mermaids, Winona Ryder plays Charlotte Flax, a fanatical 15-year old obsessed with both the saints and sex. It’s...

Good, Giving, and Generously Spiced

"Dickinson pushes this hoary old school aesthetics aside somewhat, seeing the beautiful as part of, rather than apart from, the moist, the sticky, and the generously spiced."