So, I’ve broken my summer hiatus for good with this piece for Slate on one of my favorite movies, The Big Chill:

“The temptation is to see The Big Chill as a drama of privileged poses or a comedy of inside jokes, but we are surrounded, in popular culture, with increasingly diverse ethnographies of small groups and epics of small stakes. The Big Chill can’t and doesn’t speak for everybody, but isn’t that the point?”

(For what it’s worth, the original title of this piece was “Chill Wave,” which is, I think, a pretty cool title.)

The Big Chill and the Quarter-Life Crisis Film”