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Popular Fictions

Orphan Black’s Reproducing Body

Twenty-first century Americans are fascinated with stories featuring bodies that blur the boundaries between self and other. Collectives frighten us. We recoil before the...

Summer Jams

It’s May, which means it’s time to start thinking about your summer jam.  Maybe you think this is premature. But the thing about the summer...

Unfeeling Godzilla

On the morning of August 30, 2005, the front page of the New York Times featured a photo of New Orleans in the aftermath...

Late Don Draper, or Television at Stage Nine

Here’s one way to tell the story of the corporate arts in the United States of America in the twentieth century: Every reigning medium—the...

Lonely Connect

The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first human to do so under her own muscle alone. I...

A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

On Monday, one of us “spoiled” something.  Here’s her statement of the case, for arbitration: I put the big event of an episode of Game...