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Iris Hyon
A pop culture confessional for the stories and people I can't stop thinking about
Created 25 Dec 2020
  • back to our regularly scheduled hedonism
    23 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    A lot of people have bemoaned the tragedy of losing their 20s to the pandemic, but at least in the beginning, I was quietly, guiltily grateful for the mandatory time-out. Finally, a legitimate excuse ...
  • I Can Do All Things Through Change.Org That Strengthens Me
    07 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    The premise of Bridgerton is that each novel (and now, each season) focuses on a different member of the titular family and their romantic exploits. In other words: enjoy each couple’s screen time whi...
  • to the beat of the gong
    01 Apr 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Sometimes I think that watching Freaky Friday so many times as a kid created a self-fulfilling prophecy for my adolescence. Teenage girlhood, as modeled by Lindsay Lohan, meant fighting with your mom....
  • Things I've Read That Aren't Dune
    20 Mar 2021 • 10 min read
    Some of my favorite hobbies include looking at Timothée Chalamet’s haunted Victorian oil painting face and smugly saying that the books are better than the movies (the only exception to this rule is T...
  • the wind is blowing and minari is bowing
    10 Mar 2021 • 7 min read
    At a hatchery in rural Arkansas, workers sort baby chicks by sex in order to identify which ones will be able to lay eggs and which ones won’t. Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) explains this process to his 7-ye...
  • Famous Emmas, Ranked
    28 Feb 2021 • 7 min read
    It’s time to lay the “who’s the best Chris” discourse to bed. (It’s Chris Pine.) We had our fun, but now that the celebrity Chris Pratt apologists assembled, in the most embarrassing crossover event i...
  • Worst Fictional Couples
    14 Feb 2021 • 10 min read
    It’s Valentine’s Day! I’m not the protagonist of a rom-com, so I don’t have strong feelings about this holiday, but I thought it would be fun to honor the spirit of it in the only way I know how – by ...
  • Rapid-fire TV Recommendations Pt. 2
    10 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    If you like … the proportions of Jessica Rabbit and the fish Angelina Jolie voices in Shark Tales, coming of age stories centered on trans women, chosen families, complicated but richly rewarding writ...
  • I Read Romance Novels
    27 Jan 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    There are certain things we’re taught to feel guilty for indulging in: reality TV, novels that aren’t packaged as “serious” literature, movies about women’s love lives and pop songs people don’t want ...
  • Imagining Survival
    20 Jan 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    A warning that this post discusses depictions of sexual assault and abuse. Please feel free to skip if such topics are triggering for you. Not to sound like the voice over narration of a teen movie, b...
  • The Girls Are Fixating
    14 Jan 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    The only thing I’ve accomplished thus far in 2021 is surpassing my weekly screen time record. While the copy of Dune I asked my sister to get me for Christmas sits untouched on my desk, I’m spending m...
  • Rapid-fire TV Recommendations
    09 Jan 2021 • 1 min read
    If you like … poetry that is by turns horny and morbid, Jane Krakowski, gleefully anachronistic needle drops, and some good old-fashioned 19th century gal pals™ then you should watch … Dickinson (Appl...
  • movies I've watched on airplanes
    06 Jan 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    If you’d asked me a year ago whether I liked flying, I probably would’ve said no. The hassle of TSA checkpoints, the constant hum of anxiety and restlessness permeating airports, the collective impati...
  • I Watched Mario Lopez Role-Play as Colonel Sanders so You Don't Have to
    01 Jan 2021 • 8 min read
    The Salt and Pepper Sanders Doctors, lawyers, journalists, public officials and detectives have one thing in common – thanks to their frequent representation in pop culture, most people have at least ...
  • 2020 superlatives
    30 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 2 2
    Phantom Thread is a New Year’s Eve movie What is there to say at the close of one of the loneliest, angriest years in recent memory? There are countless tragedies to account for but inadequate outlets...
  • The Sound of That Thing You Do!
    26 Dec 2020 • 9 min read • 4 0
    When I was a kid, my grandparents owned exactly two VHS tapes that were deemed acceptable for me to watch: That Thing You Do! and The Sound of Music. After my mom dropped me off at my grandparents’ ap...
  • The Password-Protected Cattiness of Private Tumblrs
    25 Dec 2020 • 6 min read
    If coming of age means firsts, then I experienced mine in tandem with the internet. My first time behind the wheel, my first shot of paint-peeling vodka and my first moments of parental disillusionmen...
  • Things I Wouldn't Have to Deal With if I Were a Jane Austen Heroine
    25 Dec 2020 • 2 min read
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman with the misfortune of being alive right now, must be in want of an escape from reality. And what could be more distant from our current exi...