Exploring how we tell stories on the page and on screen, though review, retrospective, commentary and philosophy.
Hello, and thanks for visiting. I’m glad you’re here.
I started writing The Haughty Culturist for personal reasons – but I won’t bore you with that. Instead, this site is an exploration of something that fascinates me: how we tell stories, how we interpret them, and what that says about us.
Storytelling structures are encoded everywhere in fictional imagery and dialogues. They intersect and collide across media, too. How we consume and interpret stories in books is relevant to and reflected in what we say on-screen (and in art, audio, stand-up comedy, everyday conversation and everything in between).
The site attempts to dig into how this works and, at the same time, reveal hidden aspects of film and literature that adds to our enjoyment of these art forms.
If this is your secret obsession, too: welcome. There are a couple of ways to navigate the site:
- Browse the A-Z to find or discover a book or film
- Articles contain links to relevant pages, with related posts at the bottom. Feel free to wander!
- Check out the tags under each article to surface similar books and films (i.e., sci-fi, mirroring or mental health).
- See the category pages to discover book reviews, film theories or long-read literature analyses
- Search via the icon in the menu bar.
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What to expect
thehaughtyculturist.com publishes original, deep-dive content about cult, classic and popular culture. New content lands weekly.
Articles are a mix of story analysis and social interpretation. And broadly, they assume that interpretations are:
- Collaborative: as readers and viewers, we bring meanings to things as well
- Contextual: we carry meanings between the things we interact with
- Fluid: interpretations (and opinions) can change as we learn more.
The theories, philosophies and opinions on this site are independent and organic, and I don’t speak for directors, cinematographers, authors or screenplay writers. Neither do I speak for any universal reader or audience.
That said, this site has grown from a respect and appreciation for film and literature, and the people who create our collective stories.
To that end, the site isn’t so much about value judgements (“is it good?”) as why and how content reveals about storytelling, myth-making and society.
Above all, read this site with an open mind – but find your own way and opinions.
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Thanks for all your solidarity, support, comments, shares and emails – it’s good to hear from you. Most of all, thanks for reading.
About the author
I’ve been a writer, journalist and editor for 20-something years, so I’ve spent a long time thinking about stories. I’ve written professionally about everything from books to bars, housing and sustainability, and an awful about going to university and money skills. But that’s all by the by because this site isn’t about that. It’s about this.