How Tony Soprano Inaugurated a New (and Raw) Version of Masculinity
How Tony Soprano Inaugurated a New (and Raw) Version of Masculinity

How Tony Soprano Inaugurated a New (and Raw) Version of Masculinity

The fact that Tony Soprano, in 1999, inaugurated a new version of masculinity—one that boldly refuses to soften and make more palatable the violence that often goes along with the sexual (or any other) appeal of the raw—isn’t apparent until the fifth episode of the first season of the show, called “College.” The writer David Chase knew it would be transgressive.

Who Would You Rather Go Shopping With, Ally McBeal or Villanelle?: Some Excerpts from my New Book on TV
Who Would You Rather Go Shopping With, Ally McBeal or Villanelle?: Some Excerpts from my New Book on TV

Who Would You Rather Go Shopping With, Ally McBeal or Villanelle?: Some Excerpts from my New Book on TV

Powerful women have never been that hard to find in the movies or on television.
Extract: TV by Susan Bordo
Extract: TV by Susan Bordo

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo

"Television and I grew up together." As a baby boomer born in 1947, Susan Bordo is roughly the same age as our beloved gogglebox, which began life as a broad box with a ten-inch screen, chunky and clunky and encased in wood. With the rapid changes in technology in the years since, "television", as Bordo points out, has become estranged from its material status.
The Erasure of Hillary Clinton
The Erasure of Hillary Clinton

The Erasure of Hillary Clinton

In 2017, when Hillary Clinton emerged after a well-deserved hiatus to resume public service, the calls for her to quietly leave the stage and take up gardening or knitting began to pour forth.