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Monthly Archives: July 2015

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I wrote, for Dear Television at The LA Review of Books, about the Lifetime network’s stupendous new show UnREAL, the reality TV world that it depicts, and the idea of being a “creator” in the world of television:

“What does it mean to be a feminist and participate in this kind of catastrophic gender spectacle? Is that even possible? Is this Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminism,” or is it just bad feminism? As Mark Harris notes, reality TV of this ilk feels wrong, but where do we locate that wrongness? For a show about who’s literally responsible for TV like this, responsibility remains an open question onUnREAL. If this series ends with Quinn firing a pistol at the screen a la The Great Train Robbery, I’ll be delighted, but I don’t know if that’s where we’re going. In Greek mythology, the gods can be reprehensible, but so can their mortal foils. That’s just how things work: the gods sitting on their couch, watching the narratives they set into motion play out.”

“Gods and Bachelors: On Lifetime’s UnREAL

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Sarah Mesle and I are posting weekly conversations about the second season of HBO’s True Detective. Topics covered include: sadness, disappointment, hair braids, the US Women’s National Team, Game of Thrones, Disney’s Robin Hood, Antigone, Chinatown, and how much we miss Top of the Lake. The first three conversations are below:

Season 2, Episode 1: “Happy Father’s Day!”

Season 2, Episode 2: “Midnight Dreary”

Season 2, Episode 3: “Mad Pitz: Fury Road”