Pop Culturing is an ongoing weekly column that looks at new television, film and music and their place in the larger cultural conversation.



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Pop Culturing: Bullying, Boys and BFFs in the Wonderful 'PEN15' Season 2

Pop Culturing: Bullying, Boys and BFFs in the Wonderful 'PEN15' Season 2

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 20
The second season of Hulu's wonderful comedy "PEN15," which stars Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle playing preteens in the early 00s, is quite an achievement and one of the best shows of 2020.

Pop Culturing: In Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched,' Starring Sarah Paulson, an Origin Story of Campy Proportions

Pop Culturing: In Ryan Murphy's 'Ratched,' Starring Sarah Paulson, an Origin Story of Campy Proportions

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 17
In Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series "Ratched," the producer attempts to give the twisted nurse from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," here played by Sarah Paulson, an origin story but serves up mostly over-the-top drama.

Pop Culturing: Jude Law & Naomi Harris Star in HBO's Tedious Cult Thriller 'The Third Day'

Pop Culturing: Jude Law & Naomi Harris Star in HBO's Tedious Cult Thriller 'The Third Day'

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 14
Jude Law and Naomi Harris star in HBO's "The Third Day" a meditative and slow-moving series about a mysterious British island that's all too familiar.

Pop Culturing: Luca Guadagnino's 'We Are Who We Are' is a Vibrant Series Celebrating Queer Youth

Pop Culturing: Luca Guadagnino's 'We Are Who We Are' is a Vibrant Series Celebrating Queer Youth

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Sep 14
Three years after the success of "Call Me By Your Name," out filmmaker Luca Guadagninio heads to the small screen for the vibrant and queer coming-of-age series "We Are Who We Are."

Pop Culturing: 5 of the Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2020

Pop Culturing: 5 of the Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2020

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 30
As fall approaches, some of the biggest TV shows are ready to debut with huge stars.

Pop Culturing: 5 of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020

Pop Culturing: 5 of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020

MUSIC | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 29
As fall approaches, some of the biggest artists are ready and rumored to release new albums.

Pop Culturing: 'I May Destroy You' May Destroy You, but it's Vital TV

Pop Culturing: 'I May Destroy You' May Destroy You, but it's Vital TV

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 11
Michaela Coel's incredibly impressive new series "I May Destroy You," currently airing on HBO, is the best and most important TV show of 2020 so far.

Pop Culturing: Taylor Swift is Out of the Woods on Surprise Album 'folklore'

Pop Culturing: Taylor Swift is Out of the Woods on Surprise Album 'folklore'

MUSIC | By Jason St. Amand | Aug 1
Taylor Swift surprised fans with a brilliant new album "folklore" last week; it's inspired by "indie-rock" and was made in isolation during the pandemic that serves as a rebranding that is meant to signify a maturation for the pop star.

Pop Culturing: Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh's Instagram Live Show is Must-See TV

Pop Culturing: Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh's Instagram Live Show is Must-See TV

TELEVISION | By Jason St. Amand | Jul 22
Comedian and writer Ziwe Fumudoh is taking her iconic brand of humor to the smallest and most-watched screens, putting white people on the spot during live interviews and most importantly, holding them accountable while getting honest about race.

Pop Culturing: The 5 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Pop Culturing: The 5 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

MUSIC | By Jason St. Amand | Jul 5
Despite the state of the world, 2020 has been an unbelievable year for music, with several artists putting out some of their career-defining albums.

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