Culture & Curiosities

Jason Colavito
History, pop culture, oddities, and outrage.
Created 23 Mar 2021
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  • 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 • 3 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...
  • Review of "Hunting Atlantis" S01E01
    22 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 7 1
    The much-delayed premiere of Hunting Atlantis is finally upon us. After the show was quickly pushed from Discovery’s schedule following an online dustup over accusations that racists, colonialists, an...
  • Defending Earth Against UFOs
    13 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    Over the past few months, Extraterrestrial author Avi Loeb has tied himself more and more to the UFO community as he builds his brand as the astronomer most willing to entertain the possibility that a...
  • Eugenics and the Criminal Penis
    11 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 2 2
    Every once in a while, my research turns up historical information so baffling that it simply defies explanation. Today’s story comes to us from 1981, the year I was born, a time when apparently it wa...
  • The 1884 "Exposure at Vienna"
    02 Jul 2021 • 8 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...
  • Read My Salon.com Interview
    21 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    Tucker Carlson graphic from Salon.com’s interview with me This week, the New York Times published a piece exposing the close connection between Tucker Carlson and the media elite, for whom he often se...
  • Remembering "Young Americans"
    14 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 2 0
    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...
  • Review of "Love, Victor," Season 2
    12 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    This week Hulu debuted the second season of Love, Victor, the first program teen drama with an openly gay main character in the Disney empire. I was lukewarm on the first season when I reviewed it las...
  • The Ghost in the Machine
    03 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 5 3
    Not long ago, I wrote an essay about the supposed “curse” of James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder, inspired by the recent announcement of the rediscovery of one of the few original parts of the car to have...