Spare Me Your Crocodile Tears

This post is going to seem vague, so let me begin by explaining why. What I want to talk about isn’t an individual, but the culture that has enabled, empowered, and sheltered that person. If I name any names, then the conversation becomes about him (a symptom, a manifestation). I’d rather address the problem (the […]

What That Liam Neeson Interview Reveals

For those who haven’t seen or heard about the Liam Neeson interview with The Independent, here’s the tl;dr version. At some point in the past, a woman close to Neeson was raped. She said it was a black man. So he took a big stick and walked around the neighborhood, hoping to start a fight […]

Cultural Horror and Prosperity

This has been the most difficult entry in this series to write. It’s hard to draw a connection between cultural horror and prosperity. Not without falling into an utterly predictable rant about late-stage capitalism or other sorts of yadda yadda yadda. Especially since I live in Europe. People have food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care. […]

Cultural Horror and Creativity

Today I want to look at the interplay of cultural horror and creativity. This is possibly the most relevant of this series of posts. Many creators have written about the difficult they’ve had making things during this period of history. It can feel frivolous, or outright pointless. I get that. Climate change is killing the […]

Cultural Horror and Simplicity

Cultural horror and simplicity do not immediately seem like compatible concepts. How do I reconcile talking about minimalism and simple living with any discussion of injustice, toxic elements in society, and general rudeness, cruelty, and willful ignorance? Is there an approach that honors what I want to say about each, in a way that one […]

A Cultural Horror Magna Carta

Once upon a time I wrote a zine called HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror. It was an ambitious monthly publication centered on cruel, unjust, and terrifying things going on in the world. I envisioned doing six issues, after which I’d reset and possibly do another six. I burned out after 5. Cultural horror is […]