pop culture

Beauty is Pain, Bro

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Humphrey Bogart is a pretty leathery guy. He’s possibly the most iconic male figure of the golden age of cinema. He’s stylish, he’s magnetic, and his face resembles a crumpled map of Italy. He looks like he’s seen some shit. Bogie is a good example of the fact that in the good old days, the […]

Guilt, Pleasure and The Bachelor


For 20 seasons, The Bachelor has been nailing the holy trinity of reality TV: competition, consumerism and voyeurism. The reality powerhouse lets us peer in at a private social ritual, that of dating. The final pairings that the show produces don’t last (with a few exceptions); the ‘fairy-tale romance’ clearly doesn’t endure. And yet the […]