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Reporting and Essays on Society, Culture, Lifestyle. Plus a dash of creative non-fiction with questionably funny pictures.

Culture

Reframing Time as a creative force: What does 5.40am mean to you?

It’s no mystery that contemporary Western societies have a complicated relationship with time. Time doesn’t just flow, it flies, and feeling like we don’t have enough is often cause for anxiety. But what if we could capture it by using Art as a medium?

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Why does everyone hate Serena van der Woodsen?

Take any rundown of Gossip Girl‘s worst characters, and no doubt Serena van der Woodsen will be sitting (un)comfortably near the top. But why is she so universally hated while much nastier characters, such as rapist and abuser Chuck Bass, are showered with praise?

Celle qui tuait les pédophiles

Malgré un pitch prometteur et une superbe interprétation de Carole Bouquet, la mini-série La Mante apparaît comme une occasion manquée de dénoncer et analyser les violences faites aux femmes et aux enfants, et plus particulièrement la manière dont notre système judiciaire échoue à protéger les victimes.

It’s Time To Stop Idolizing Jerks

Too often, jerks in fiction get praised and rewarded in spite of their terrible misdeeds – and this both mirrors and impacts how we respond to such behavior in real life.

It Wasn’t All Bad: Three Great Characters From Gossip Girl

Lily van der Woodsen, Georgina Sparks and the eponymous Gossip Girl are easily the most compelling characters in the entire series.

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Does great Art spring from suffering?

I am so sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you will never be happy.

Le genre documentaire à Taïwan, un milieu propice à l’avancement des femmes

Ce texte est inspiré de mon podcast « Les femmes dans le cinéma documentaire à Taïwan » réalisé pour Radio Taiwan International en mars 2016. Il reprend aussi des éléments de l’article (« teasing») écrit pour le blog.

The Rise of Taiwanese Horror: Corpse Brides and Little Girls in Red

Originally published on The News Lens International

Two recent horror flicks suggest that Taiwanese directors are finally willing to break some longstanding taboos, with promising results.