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Elevating the Art of Procrastanalysis – Academics wasting time on pop culture

Archive for September 2009

Kristen Chenoweth is my hero!

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Hey Kathryn,

So my husband informed me last night that he now has a crush on Kristen Chenoweth…and who can blame him?! While most men might base such a crush on April’s ability to get “a cake out of a kid’s birthday party with the candles still lit” using only the power of her thighs under a micro-mini, my sweet husband bases his crush on her ability to captivate a bowling alley on Bingo night with a stunning rendition of Heart’s ‘Alone’.

I continue to enjoy Glee – gleefully but with a little trepidation. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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The dorky academic story behind this blog’s name…

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Among the first cultural theorists to think or write about popular culture in the twentieth century, Walter Benjamin contemplated meaning in everything from postcards to the mysteries of furniture to the Parisian Arcades that pre-figure our contemporary shopping malls.

 In Natalie’s favourite book by him, Berlin Childhood Around 1900, Benjamin attempts to reconstruct a childhood autobiography through things, objects, spaces and places rather than people and events.  The text pulses with the magic of the everyday seen through the eyes of a child and remembered – without the mawkish taint of nostalgia – by an adult. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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Californication: Love, Family and the Sexual Revolution

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As with every other season opener to Californication, last night’s episode was a little awkward and over-the-top.  But my faith holds firm that this season will progress like the others; in other words, it will settle back into itself and its brilliant mode of alternative-family-structure-storytelling once again. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm

If all football games included choreographed dance routines, I’d probably watch more than the Superbowl half time show!

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Ok, I’m probably a day late and the millionth person to blog about this, but now that I’ve caught up on my dvr, how can I not at least make mention to episode 4 of Glee? I’m sad now to say I haven’t seen the first three episodes because somehow this show boggles the mind with extreme acts of betrayal while still being charming and heartwarming.  How?  Well, as we’ve all heard by now, in part with this amazing song and dance routine by the football team to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 25, 2009 at 7:33 am

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Cougar Town: Offensive, Empowering, or Promoting a New Consumer Demographic?

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Hey Kathryn,

So did you watch it?  What did you think?  I hadn’t intended to tune in, but an article on salon.com convinced me to check it out.  This article focused on whether or not self-respecting feminists should use the word ‘cougar’.  Some say it’s an offensive term.  Others point out that there is nothing inherently bad about it – a cougar is a sleek and powerful creature!  Others say it can be reclaimed for empowered use, as has happened with designations like ‘queer’.

Where will Cougar Town come down on this argument?  Read the rest of this entry »

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September 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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Deadwood: Built on the backs of women?

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Hello Natalie,

I am so glad you loved Deadwood – I think it is some of the most amazing TV ever made: the complexity of the language, the development of characters, coupled with a page-turner kind of plot, the serialization of the story, the great cussing. I just started re-watching the entire series and am just into the second season for the second time.

First off – Al on his hands and knees. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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The Office: Procrastanalysis on Parkour and Pregnancy

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Oh, I am so glad The Office is back!  The opening sequence on Parkour, the internet sensation of 2004, had tears streaming.  I guess they were technically doing Parkour if “point A is delusion and point B is the hospital” – genius!  The thing that I love about it, though, is that we all wanted to do that when first saw Parkour, right?   Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

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