Culture & Curiosities

Jason Colavito
History, pop culture, oddities, and outrage.
Created 23 Mar 2021
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  • The Ghost of James Dean
    04 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    When my article about James Dean ran in Esquire on Sept. 30, it arrived alongside a bizarre piece in Fortune magazine announcing that Dean would be appearing in a new movie, Back to Eden. Travis Cloyd...
  • Read My New Article in Esquire
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 3
    In 1956, Esquire magazine ran a story blasting James Dean and helping to shape public opinion about him for decades. I am honored to be the one to write a rebuttal in the same publication 65 years lat...
  • There's a Saqqara Born Every Minute
    25 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 1
    Confessions of an Egyptologist: Lost Libraries, Vanished Labyrinths and the Astonishing Truth Under the Saqqara Pyramids Erich von Däniken | trans. Bernard Sulzer | September 2021 | New Page Books | I...
  • Missed It By That Much...
    04 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    The new Netflix animated spy comedy Q-Force arrived with a flurry of think pieces from critics contemplating the impact of an unabashedly queer cartoon produced by and starring primarily queer talent....
  • The Mystical City of Adocentyn
    27 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 4 1
    Note: Over the summer, I will be highlighting on Substack some of my overlooked and less-read cultural and historical essays and blog posts that deserve a second chance. The essay below first ran on m...
  • We've Seen It All Before
    21 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Survive the Night Riley Sager | Hodder & Stoughton | July 2021 | 338 pages At a certain point in the recent Netflix series Brand New Cherry Flavor, based loosely on the first 66 pages of a 1996 novel ...
  • They Have Not Seen, Yet Believed
    11 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 1
    In Plain Sight: An Investigation into UFOs and Impossible Science Ross Coulthart | HarperCollins | July 2021 (Australia) / Oct. 2021 (U.S.) | 281 pages | ISBN: B08VYR4DZ6 | $17.99 Until this summer, R...
  • Read a New Interview with Me
    09 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Some great news: My new book, The Legends of the Pyramids, published last week, is currently (Aug. 9) the #1 new release in Archaeology on Amazon, and it got its first five-star review: “an unpreceden...
  • Slash and Burn
    28 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I was not surprised when HBO Max announced only a week after the publication of Grady Hendrix’s new novel The Final Girl Support Group that it would turn the story of a mad killer picking off the “fin...
  • Who Has the Power?
    24 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 4 1
    For many kids growing up in the 1980s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was their first exposure to sword-and-sorcery fantasy. It certainly was for me when I watched the 1983-1985 Filmation seri...
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