The Taste of Empire
The Taste of Empire“To be a Victorian Englishman was to possess the power to eat the world.” One afternoon in 1748, the Latham family sat down to dinner. They ran a small farm in Lancashire, and their menu was satisfying — beef and vegetable stew, beer, doughy fruit pudding. They grew wheat and barley to make bread, their cows supplied them with milk and cheese, and from their crops (and the women’s cotton textile work) they made enough profit to buy beef.…
King Arthur
King ArthurIn a year in which everything is absolute garbage, there was one bright light, one burst of true art: KING ARTHUR. I tweeted about why. It's a terrible movie. This is not in dispute. It is also, however, easily in the top ten of movies that made me laugh the most.…
Frankenstein Dreams
Frankenstein Dreams“I have the soul of an explorer, and in nine of ten cases this leads to destruction.”…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2017 Emmys
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2017 EmmysRed Carpet Season is upon us again (known to celebrity assistants everywhere as Sweet Jesus It’s Happening), and the Emmys are the opening volley. Here begins the careful interplay of trends and personal branding that a majority of celebrities absolutely hate but has become so integral to the starmaking process that it’s a living thing by itself.…
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and Dancing
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and DancingThere’s something to be said for Peak TV. Sure, my TV backlog is getting embarrassing and I keep maxing out the number of hours on my recorder and having to watch very strange collections of old episodes in a row trying to juggle the tone shifts in seven shows at once, but man, I’ve been watching some good TV.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2017 Met Gala
Red Carpet Rundown: The 2017 Met Gala The most increasingly-frustrating red carpet event of the year happened last night! Once again, it was time for the Met Costume Institute Gala, celebrating another exhibit that honors landmark designers and iconic moments in the history of fashion; once again, the celebrities ruined it all. There’s an inherent tension on the red carpet between fashion professionals and the increasing celebrity presence.…