Pop culture, sports, etc.

I’m an opinionated person.

I was allowed to stretch out and play with a weekly column that looked at pop culture. It ran every week for 10 years — or, in Internet time, forever.

I also contributed various essays analyzing trends and, in some cases, sports and a

  • Commentary and cultural perspective

Overrated/Underrated (2009-2019)
An occasionally syndicated column that ended with a farewell edition.
2019201820172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013, pt 1, pt. 2 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

On the impact of social media on the very idea of over/underrating things. 
After a year of hot takes and backlashes, what are we doing here?

This column stretched out as a full-length essay about the artists beyond criticism. 
Pop culture’s sacred cows: Just dare to dis them

  • Sports and Pop Culture

13 shows to get sports fans through our pandemic’s quarantine orders

How do the Rams fit into L.A.’s pop cultural fabric? It’s complicated

Speed is key to the NFL keeping ratings up despite on- and off-field issues

Jemele Hill remains a socially conscious voice for sports in the Showtime documentary ‘Shut Up and Dribble’

The World Cup lives up to its billing with far-reaching appeal — even for neutrals

To watch or not to watch: Notes from an ambivalent Patriots fan as the Super Bowl approaches

Super Bowl LI proves thrilling on the field, inclusive in its advertising

NBC braces for anything as the Summer Olympics approach

  • Movies

You know Hollywood is serious about stopping Trump when they call in the Avengers

Don Cheadle makes his Miles Davis film ‘feel like Miles’ and not just be about Miles

Playing Chet Baker in ‘Born to be Blue’ was an unexpected second chance for Ethan Hawke

  • Arts

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

A complicated canopy for Siqueros ‘America Tropical’ set to rise

Bone flutes found in Germany point to roots of creativity

  • Local entertainment

Amusing asides A cover story on the alternative comedy scene in L.A.

Beyond last call On places open for after hours dining in Los Angeles. Service!

  • Travel

Get out of town: Reno, Nevada

But wait, there’s more — Just ask Google. Or that paper where I used to work.

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