Best Pop Culture Writing of The Year

by robinhardwick

What makes something the “best” pop culture writing? It’s subjective, obviously, but these are pieces I read that I most enjoyed because because it was either just really well written, written about something unique, or introduced a new viewpoint on something.

The poisoned, almost subversive fantasies of Sucker Punch and Spring Breakers [The AV Club]

Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie [NY Times]

You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids’ Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem? [The Atlantic]

Revisiting the Patrick Wilson Episode of ‘Girls’ and Where the Debate Went Wrong [Variety]

Why We Need “Enlightened” [The Awl]

On Snarm [Gawker]

Live From Studio 60: An Uncensored History of Studio 60 []

I hate Strong Female Characters [New Stateman]

Dave Holmes on TRL, Jesse Camp, and 1998’s Other Big MTV Moments [Vulture]

Buzzfeed Stole My Article So I’m Stealing It Back [deathandtaxes]

Let’s Talk About SNL’s Diversity Problem [Splitsider]

Man Up [Grantland]

My Female Students Don’t Seem As Impressed With Me As They Used To [The Toast]

“There’s Something Inside of Me”: Coming Out As A Gay Horror Fan [Buzzfeed]

The Most Emailed ‘New York Times’ Article Ever [The Awl]

Two Liberal Gay Couples With a Side of White Supremacy, Please [Flavorwire]

Difficult Women [The New Yorker]

Time for Teen Fantasy Heroines to Grow Up [The Millions]

Stand Up to the Cool Kids! [Medium]


I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything [The Awl]

Why Are Romantic Comedies So Bad? [The Atlantic]

In the Reign of the Gay Magical Elves []

What do we mean when we call music pretentious? [The A.V. Club]

The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing [The New Yorker]

How The Room Became the Biggest Cult Film of the Past Decade [Vulture]

In Defense of ‘Only God Forgives,’ the Summer’s Weirdest Movie [Flavorwire]

Weird Twitter: The Oral History [Buzzfeed]

On narcissim: the mirror and the self [New Statesman]

How Are Michael and Troy Taking the News that NBC Wants to Make Reality Bites a TV Show? [Grantland]

If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? [Jezebel]

Jake Fogelnest wants everyone to watch Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains [The Dissolve]

Girl Shit: Paul Feig [Headspace]

Why Tonto Matters [Native Appropriation]

Mumblegore Directors Are Changing Indie Horror Films[LA Weekly]