The Philosophy of Moving To the City and Thinking It’s Going to Solve Your Suburbia Problems, As Explained by High Fidelity

There’s a dangerous belief people who feel trapped in suburbia have: That if they leave for the city–whatever that nearest metropolitan city may be–their life is going to be so instantaneously improved that they’ll never again have to do anything involving effort to make it better again. This is a …

Do the Loose-Fitting Clothes of Monica Vitti’s Character in L’Eclisse Represent a Loose Moral Compass?

It’s clear when watching Monica Vitti on screen that she’s one of those beauties who you have to acclimate yourself to, the type who becomes more beautiful the longer you look at her. In Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 film, L’Eclisse, Vitti embodies the insecurities of her character, Vittoria, primarily through her …

Britney Predicted Being Cheated On With “Perfume”

Arguably the sleeper hit of Fall 2013, the Sia-penned track “Perfume” appeared on Britney Spears’ eighth album, Britney Jean. In the wake of the revelation that Spears has once more been fucked over in matters of the heart, “Perfume” takes on a whole new prophetic meaning as a result. Spears, …

Just One More Doll: Why Jacqueline Susann Keeps Us Coming Back For More

She’s the undisputed queen of the “trash” novel (sorry Jackie Collins/Danielle Steele/Erica Jong). Whether the name Jacqueline Susann means something to you or not, her influence on the cultural paradigm shift of women in the 1960s and women in general is irrefutable. Her most illustrious work, Valley of the Dolls, …