Hanukkah demands fewer religious rituals than most other Jewish observances.
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Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.
Although the show was rightly criticised for its lack of diversity, the First Slayer - she who begat all future slayers, including Buffy - was black.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult classic, was a series with a diversity problem. News of a new season provides an opportunity for a different kind of storytelling.
Cybersecurity is an increasingly relevant concern in our society, but pop culture tells us virtually nothing useful about it.
Glover and hip-hop are reaching their apex at the same time, giving Glover an avenue to enter the ranks of creative geniuses. But does his race matter?
Australian pulp fiction: these works can be read as a symptom, laying bare the unspoken fears, desires, dreams and nightmares of the time.
Mid-20th century pulp fiction was trashy, tasteless, exploitative and lurid. There’s a lot there to love. You might read pulp as a cultural Freudian slip, loony bulletins from the collective Id.
Johnny Hallyday in concert in May 2014.
Johnny Hallyday was more than a music icon, he was a cultural symbol for the French lower and the middle classes. In his death he reconciled the country with the term popular culture.
Kyle MacLachlan in the new season of Twin Peaks: has the Internet helped fuel nostalgia for TV shows from decades past?
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Twin Peaks has just hit our streaming services, again, alongside reboots of the X-Files, Gilmore Girls, and more. But, despite our nostalgia, they'll never revive the specific time they were born in.
YouTube beauty blogger Zoella has had more than 950 million views of videos on her channel.
YouTube is awash with videos on beauty and fashion, and young girls are avidly watching, creating powerful social media figures in the process.
Hopper's brand of Americanism was a counterpoint to American optimism. Fifty years after his death, his legacy lives on.
Dar Digest (story ‘Muhafiz’), February 2015. Free from the fetters of common natural laws, horror stories represent a society’s fears and prejudices.
Pakistani pulp fiction often portrays Hindu characters as evil demons and Muslims as heroes, an attempt to spread nationalist ideology.
Felicity Huffman in Transamerica, which signified a shift in depictions of transgender people.
Historically, pop culture has tended to depict transgender people as objects of comedy or monstrous freaks. But attitudes are changing, as a new novel featuring a transgender child shows.
Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House in a promotional video ahead of Matt Groening’s visit to Australia this week.
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The subtlety laced with satire that graced earlier shows has been replaced by a brash, carelessness. And Homer, while always loud-mouthed, is now positively abusive. After 28 seasons, is it time for The Simpsons' creators to call it a day?
A scene from Heathers the Musical based on the 1988 film.
Eighties culture is big, from nostalgic TV dramas to tours by ageing pop stars. But it's time for a clear-eyed assessment of the decade, which prized excess and economic rationalism along with synth pop and big hair.
From 'Machiavellian female princes' to warriors, assassins and prostitutes, the women of Westeros and Essos are a richly varied bunch. A new book examines their role in the series and explores its sexual politics.
Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage is the immediate focus of ‘Lemonade.’ But it’s also a tale of the black family in America.
Prince had 'Purple Rain.' Michael Jackson had 'Thriller.' And now Beyoncé has her own self-reflective masterpiece.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’‘s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
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The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Sometimes down, never out.
Every time Las Vegas looks like it's about to die, it demolishes itself and rebuilds as something bigger and better.
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Decluttering, spearheaded by Marie Kondo and Japanese minimalist consumerism, has taken on quasi-spiritual connotations. What are we actually trying to get rid of when we throw out all our stuff?
Are women really each other’s worst enemies? Probably not.
Depictions of women bullying women are a mainstay of reality television shows, just as reports of Twitter fights between female celebrities are regular tabloid fare. It's a phenomenon with a long history.
However hard we pursue happiness, when the party’s over we must still confront the grimmer aspects of life.
We can pursue our own happiness to the exclusion of the real world, but how meaningful can that be? Far better to engage with life and both the happiness and sadness it brings along the way.