Five Great Things to Read

Here’s a small collection of work on the themes we like most: pop culture, identity, and meaning. On the latter theme, Helen Razer asks in The Saturday Paper (potential paywall) whether all pop culture has to mean something. She turns her gaze in particular to reality television and writes: If it hadn’t been made to matter so much, it really wouldn’t at all. Big, disagreeably wholesome programs such as My Kitchen Rules or The Voice or MasterChef would just peddle the ideology of aspiration in the background. Smaller, agreeably depraved programs such as Australia’s Next Top Model would offer us the pointless…

Four Great Things to Read

Here is a small collection of links which explore similar themes to that reminds me. “The Importance of Reading While Pregnant” focuses on experiencing the uncertainty of pregnancy with a backdrop of advice books and manuals. The parenting books… actually have the invaluable ability to bring together both parts of my being: the familiar one—me the person, and this new one, still being explored—me the mother; my mind as a reader, and my body as an incubator.   “My Life in Dogs Ears” tells the story of a life mediated by literature.   “The Public Voice of Women” discusses the way…

Eight Great Things to Read

As a new feature of TRM, each month there will be a round-up of great stories, articles, and other links that focus on the personal aspects of pop culture. In November Rebecca Solnit wrote about the problems of not being able to see yourself represented in works of literature deemed ‘classic’ and ‘must-read’ as well as the general problem of misogyny in literature. More recently she followed up the piece commenting on the condescending ways men instruct her to receive and interpret literature. In these two pieces, Solnit crushes those men who hold the unspoken belief that they alone understand…