I’m an opinionated person.
Here is where I was allowed to stretch out and play with a weekly column that looked at what was up and what was down across pop culture. It ran every Sunday for 10 years — or, in Internet time, forever.
Additionally, I contributed various essays analyzing trends and, in some cases, sports. This is also where I’m parking some of my stories on travel, local entertainment and the arts.
- Commentary and cultural perspective
A weekly, sometimes syndicated column where I mouthed off about pop culture for 10 years. It ended with a farewell edition here.
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013, pt 1, pt. 2 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Recap and analysis: ‘Game of Thrones’, the final season
Ep. 1 | Ep. 2| Ep. 3 preview | Ep. 3 | Ep. 4 | Ep. 5 preview: This won’t end well | Ep. 5 | Seven futile hopes for the finale | Ep. 6: No one’s very happy
A look back at the year that was in stand-up comedy
Who broke ground in comedy in 2019? Hannah Gadsby, Drew Michael, and Donald Trump (2018)
I also analyzed how charged the Oscars felt in 2017
Oscars 2017 have never mattered less yet continue to stand for more (2017)
…and before that, I thought about a bit of an existential crisis on the impact of social media on the very idea of rating things.
After a year of hot takes and backlashes, what are we doing here? (2016)
This column first stretched out and walked around as a full-length essay about the artists that have reached a plane beyond criticism.
Pop culture’s sacred cows: Just dare to dis them (2014)
- Sports and Pop Culture
For a time I was the daily reporter for the Times’ arts and culture blog Culture Monster, much of which has been lost to Internet history after various redesigns. A collection of posts can also be found here
- Local entertainment
Amusing asides (2007) A cover story on the alternative comedy scene in L.A.
Beyond last call (2006)
Another cover story on places for after hours dining in Los Angeles. Service!
Get out of town: Reno, Nevada (Feb. 21, 2008)