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Review: American Stew: Hope in a Toxic Culture by Stephen James

American Stew: Hope in a Toxic Culture

★★★★½ American Stew by Stephen James is a portrait of America that’s at once hopeless and full of promise. Chapter by chapter James attempts to diagnose America’s problems on a cultural level – sociological, psychological, and anthropological – rather than dealing with policy. The picture he paints is not a pretty one. Though America is oftentimes called “The best country ... Read More »

The Liberty Of “Low” Culture


No novel, film or television series could have given me what I’d needed in the way I’d needed to get it the way a series of violent, humorous and thought-provoking videogames did. And it went further than simply the structure - I recognized the opportunity for greater satire, the sort of broad targeting of the zeitgeist Rockstar Games is now famous for. I could do what I loved doing most - making fun of things that obsessed me. Read More »