Tag: Pop Culture Cure
The Cynicism Cure
A sincere celebration of principled people and the art they produce.
The Culture of Violence Cure (a.k.a. The Super Bowl Cure)
Sober-minded classics for coping with a day of boozy bloodlust.
The Road-to-Ruin Cure
The things that you want are not necessarily the things that are good.
The Inauguration Day Cure
Prescriptions for coping with your very rational fears.
The “Unqualified for the Job” Cure
Now’s probably a good time to celebrate some people who are actually experts in their chosen professions.
The Death Cure: Stayin’ Alive
Because 2017 is definitely trying to kill us.
The “You Can’t Freeze Time” Cure
Serene entertainments to help draw out what little time we have left.
The Toxic Relatives Cure: Families that Would Never Ruin Your Thanksgiving
Prepare for the worst by spending some time with the very best families in the history of popular culture.
The Desolation Cure: Finding Beauty in the Ruins
Now seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the beautiful things that we have the power to create.
The Uncertainty Cure: Resting Easy in Hard-Earned Fates
America lies in an anguished state of uncertainty as we enter the last few days before the election. But just because we don’t know the future doesn’t mean that the future is always unknowable. We now take solace in stories that begin at the end.
The Inferno Cure: History Lessons that Are Not Punishingly Awful
Some suggestions about what else you might do if you’re hungry for some cultural edification but can’t stomach another two hours with Robert Langdon.
The Delayed Launch Cure: A List of Currently Streamable Classics
The launch of the new TCM/Criterion streaming service FilmStruck got pushed to November, but that doesn’t mean that we have to wait to get our share of quirky classics.
The “One Month Until the Election” Cure: Luxuriating in Pop Culture’s Quiet Preambles
It’s a little more than a month until the United States will have an election that has the capacity to literally make Donald Trump the most powerful man in the world. But right now, today, we simply wait. We are not there yet. And these first acts celebrate that vibrating moment before the plot thickens.
The Ignorance Cure: Easy Ways to Avoid Having Your Own Aleppo Moment
Because no human being should be made to look like a contestant on “Celebrity Jeopardy.”
The Brangelina Cure: Relationships That Will Restore Your Shattered Faith in (the Noble Lie That Is) True Love
Brad and Angelina are Brangelinathingofthepast, but rather than brooding upon the ephemerality of romantic relationships or the fragility of human projects as a whole, let’s celebrate, instead.
The Hosts Are Leaving Us Cure: Friendly Faces to Ease the Transition Into a Mel and Sue–less World
“The Great British Bake Off” is losing its two lovely hosts, but [author has something in eye, pauses, swears, composes self, resumes] there are more where those came from!
The “Where’s the Women” Cure: More Great Recent Films from Women Directors
A supplement to the BFI’s (very white, very male) list of the the twenty-first century’s 100 Greatest Films.
The Ben-Hur Cure: An Antidote to Uninspired Adaptations
Just a reminder: We don’t have to shackle ourselves to the past when we stand on the shoulders of giants.
The Over-the-Top Solutions Cure: Because Going to the Mat Isn’t Always a Bad Idea
Pop culture recommendations for those of us who may have big dreams, but who lack the ability to climb up the face of a glass-fronted skyscraper in order to pursue them.
The Human-Interest Cure: Because Great Olympic Athletes Don’t Always Make for Great Stories
Olympic telecasts go heavy on human-interest content, but not every human being is interesting—and many, in fact, are dull (and many of those have a monomaniacal devotion to sport). So let’s put away our thirst for meaning and medals for a moment and just enjoy some lives well lived.
The Diabolical Friendship Cure: Alternatives to the Unholy Bro-ly Alliance of Trump and Putin
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are threatening the evil friendships genre by implicating it in their anarchic plot to destabilize the world; but that doesn’t mean that all diabolical friendships are bad. Let us count the ways.
The Convention Cure: Non-Toxic Alternatives to Life at the RNC in CLE
We’ve all spent a lot of time in Cleveland this past week, metaphorically speaking; let’s remedy that with some R&R at these pop cultural paradises.
The “Night Of” Cure: Great Procedurals That Won’t Force You to Wait Until Next Week
You’ll need to wait two full months before seeing the climax of HBO’s new series, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get your daily dose of great procedural entertainment.
The Anti-America Cure: Patriotic Thrills That Won’t Endanger the Republic (or Your Soul)
Hot dogs, flags, and fireworks lose some of their appeal in light of the nativist hysteria gripping America at the moment, but this list will help you think America’s kind of great again.
The Championship Cure: Because There’s More to Life Than Winning
Pop cultural reminders that you don’t need a million-karat ring to feel like a million damn bucks.
The Death Cure: A Return to the Days When Killing Your Darlings Was Still a Power Move
Pop cultural deaths that occurred back before death was cool.
The Summer Movie Cure: Ten Seasonally Appropriate Alternatives to Cinema’s Dog Day
Pop culture recommendations to aid with your blockbuster fatigue.
The C.K. Cure: Self-Esteem Boosts from Ten Abject Failures
Pop culture recommendations to aid with your justified sense of inadequacy.