200 words about culture

Clayton Purdom
A micro-newsletter by a rotating slate of writers condemned to blurb every pop culture artifact ever. They will be freed upon completion.
Created 27 Oct 2020
  • 200 words about Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time
    27 Sep 20211 day ago • < 1 min read
    What is Neon Genesis Evangelion about? Ask a dozen people, and you’ll get half a dozen answers. Giant robots fighting gorgeous monsters? Depression’s dissolution of the soul? Gawking at naked teenager...
  • 186 words about Blood Brothers
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Perhaps it’s appropriate that arguably our best surviving depiction of the Weimar Republic was written by a ghost. Like a desperate, unsparing episode of iCarly, parents and caregivers are notable amo...
  • 200 words about The Card Counter
    20 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    It’s in The Card Counter’s title cards and its playing cards: The past determines the present — Paul Schrader’s past, America’s past, etc. Perhaps Schrader scorns political correctness because he know...
  • 199 words about Chuck Taylors
    15 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    “I like your shoes, young man,” he said. It was the second time he’d said it, but I’d been out in space. I said thank you. He was an older Black gentleman, trim and dignified with polished shoes and a...
  • 190 words about Riot Grrrl
    13 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Self-proclaimed poets are an often proud, occasionally irritating bunch with a conviction gleaned from the idea that intentionally working at (and pushing against) the limits of language and understan...
  • 192 words about Certified Lover Boy
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    I have a theory espoused to little fanfare on Twitter that every rapper should have to make either a Blueprint or a Daytona at some point. This is a late-career thing: either 12 regal and sumptuously ...
  • 189 words about Donda
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    I recused myself from writing about Donda — too much going on, weird week, burnt out in general, burnt out on writing about Kanye specifically, exhausted not by Donda but by the need for public commen...
  • 200 words about the dancing plague of 1518
    07 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    The disenchantment of history is a nightmare from which we are all trying to awake. Imagine living in the days when one god could be flattered into healing an illness and another mollified to prevent ...
  • 198 words about bodysurfing
    02 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Once you’ve seen a shark beside you in the surf, it’s impossible to return without scanning the shallows to make sure you’re alone. The one I saw a few years ago was about the size of our dog and it s...
  • 200 words about Texas Rangers
    31 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    When we set out knowingly to watch a “bad” movie, what we really hope to do is watch a weird one. We know that just as the meticulous planning and vision of the artistically successful can lead to mom...
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