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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! This page explains how to use the site, what you’ll find here, and who writes it.

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What you’ll find here

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. They celebrate quirky narratives, and unpack symbolism and textural analysis. Some connect broader dots to explore why we make sense of stories the way we do.

The theories, philosophies and opinions on this site are independent, original 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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Thanks for all your solidarity, support, comments, shares and emails. Most of all, thanks for reading.

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About the author: Ruth Bushi

I’ve been a copywriter, journalist and editor for 20-something years, currently as a freelancer. I work with charities and content agencies, and have bylines in The Guardian, Independent and Big Issue, and all over the web.

I’ve twice been long-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, which is a fancy way of saying I’ve never won it. I did once win a poster for a radio script about zombies, if that counts?

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Need a professional writer? Editors hire me to write reported features, blog posts and search-engine friendly web content. I also whip up a mean press release, and make light work of how-to guides and long-form explainers.

If you need help developing your writing or content, I can help with editorial consultancy, story analysis and as a diversity or sensitivity reader. Whether you’re a creative writer, filmmaker or commissioning editor – or something in between – get in touch with me at https://linktr.ee/ruthbushi.