Exploring how we tell stories on page and screen though review, retrospective and commentary.

Hello, and thanks for visiting. I’m glad you’re here.

This site is an exploration of something that fascinates me: how we tell stories, and what they mean.

If this is your secret obsession too: welcome! There are lots 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
  • See the category pages to discover book reviews, film commentary 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, how and what 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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About the author

Concept and content by Ruth Bushi

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.