Popular Culture Filter
  1. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  2. FilmGrab

    Are you a movie and/or photography buff? At FilmGrab, cinephile Donnacha is building “a growing archive of stills from the best films ever.”

    Art
  3. A Moveable Feast: A Brief History of the Revolving Restaurant

    From the archives of J. S. Graboyes’ Duck Pie blog, a look into the origins of an unnecessary-yet-fascinating 20th-century invention.

    Architecture
  4. “The human race was not, in fact, exterminated in the late 1990s, as the film portends—but we have been doing our damnedest ever since to make sure it is.”

    Commentary
  5. The Dark and Gothic Worlds of Fantasy Artist Shaima Islam

    Browse the dark fantasy art of Shaima Islam.

    Art
    "Stroll by the Docks," inspired by the TV series Black Sails. Microns and markers on paper, 6×10″, 2016. All art by Shaima Islam.
  6. terribleminds

    Terribleminds is the blog of novelist, screenwriter, and game designer Chuck Wendig. He blogs about writing, pop culture, and a whole lot more. His site can be sometimes NSFW (“not safe for work”) — and in some cases, he says, probably NSFL (“not safe for life”) — so read with caution!

    Authors
  7. The Public Medievalist

    From Game of Thrones to white-supremacist imagery, echoes of medieval culture are part of the current moment. The Public Medievalist is a webzine that explores the intersection of medieval history and modern politics and culture.

    Art
  8. Wonder Woman and Boogeymen

    Elizabeth cried watching Wonder Woman. Why? “I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie where a woman character kicked ass and all of us didn’t have to pay the price for that by first watching at least one woman be violently dehumanized before us.”

    Essay
    JD Hancock (CC BY 2.0)
  9. Here at the End of All Things

    “Fantasy worlds are defined by limits: much is unknown in these worlds, and the unknown either resists being known, or it is left in peace.” A longread on losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds, from Middle Earth to Westeros.

    Design
    Illustration by Kjell Reigstad, based on cartography by Dyson Logos.
  10. Stereogum

    A major hub for music lovers since 2002, Stereogum is a destination for discovering new songs, videos, and artists, and staying updated on industry news.

    Culture
  11. Fantastic Maps

    The website of professional fantasy-map creator Jonathan Roberts, who designed the official maps for Game of Thrones, offers map-building resources, tutorials, and samples of his published work.

    Design
    Official World Map for George RR Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire, by Jonathan Roberts.
  12. Every record tells a story

    From indie rock to metal and blues, Every record tells a story is a blog about vinyl, live performances, and above all: a music lover’s commitment to discovering new artists to explore.

    Music
  13. How To Work For Your Favourite Rapper

    “The first few weeks will be blurry, abstract, and smoked out. Every experience eye opening; some burdening, most reddening. The hotel rooms are bigger than your future.” Negele Hospedales, aka Hospey, recounts what it’s like to work for Chance the Rapper.

    Music
  14. Medievalists.net

    From recent archaeological discoveries to articles on pop-culture references to the so-called “Middle Ages,” the writers behind Medievalists.net aim to bring history alive.

    Architecture
  15. Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show

    From Michael W. Twitty: “Your show concept is cool until we begin to think of all the other alt-history moments that would be equally provocative but seem unimaginable because of our addictive, national obsession with structurally racist ideas.”

    Commentary