Paradox Newsletter

The best and worst in pop culture from the perspective of an academic.
Created 26 Jun 2019
  • Issue #190: Jason Sudeikis is my mortal enemy
    28 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    This week, I wrote about Ted Lasso (2020). It’s a TV show on Apple’s proprietary streaming service that people like a lot. I also like it a lot. I think it’s an entertaining, engaging, very funny show...
  • Issue #189: Red light, green light
    21 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    In Alenka Zupančič’s Odd One In (2008), she opens the chapter “The Ego and the It” with a humorous reflection on a polite question: In many languages there is a splendid and constantly used form of po...
  • Issue #188: Industry plants beware
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Matt AGOATio is still running Jeopardy, so all is right with the world. Malevolent (2021) was disappointing, maybe more on that next week. This week, just some quick music reviews. One album I listene...
  • Issue #187: Evil's moving target
    07 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    This week, the semester rages on, current events demand our attention and indignity, and the holiday weekend has afforded me little respite. Using some of the screenshotting and clipping techniques I’...
  • Issue #186: Say his name
    31 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    The semester is fully under way, which means the volume of writing per newsletter might see a little bit of a downturn. You know how it goes. Many of you have been reading this for a long time. Today ...
  • Issue #185: Three flavors of film criticism
    24 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    This week, I decided to put on my film critic hat and try looking at films in a few different ways. In the first segment, you’ll find my normal critical lens applied to the criminally underrated Remin...
  • Audio Supplement to Issue #184: A universe of radical split
    17 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    In the second edition of the Audio Supplement, Jared Pence, Kelly Schairer, and I discuss The Bachelorette season seventeen, “Queering Psychoanalysis” by Jack Halberstam and Marie-Hélène Brousse, and ...
  • Issue #184: A universe of radical split
    17 Aug 2021 • 23 min read
    We’re revisiting a lot of familiar topics this week, but I’d like to think we are breaking new ground. This is not the first time I have written about sexuation or the non-relation, and it is unlikely...
  • Issue #183: Donda Rollout Leaves Zoomers in Shambles
    10 Aug 2021 • 12 min read
    To begin, I’d like to congratulate our Olympic basketball team on their gold medal victory. It looked a little shaky there for a minute, but I’m glad our guys brought it home. This is, of course, brac...
  • Issue #182: Delivering what it says on the label
    03 Aug 2021 • 13 min read
    What a week. I was on vacation and that was great. Really, that just meant I was in a slightly more scenic location and did a slightly smaller amount of work than usual. I didn’t actually have any tim...
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