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How I stopped trying to keep up with pop culture - and found the art I really loved

By Emma Garland

22 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Trying to keep up with the ins and outs of pop culture can be draining. In this article, the author describes their new found approach to their culture consumption.

These days, when someone asks me to recommend something to watch, read or listen to, my answers are unpredictable. “Can I interest you in this 14-year-old mini-series following a group of American marines during the first 40 days of the Iraq war?” Perhaps a bit of Until Now, a 2012 compilation album featuring the biggest collaborative hits from revered house supergroup Swedish House Mafia, in this trying time?

I don’t do this to be awkward, or out of some curmudgeonly belief that things “aren’t as good as they used to be”, which is something exclusively said by people who reach a certain age, and decide “Yep, that’s me done, just these films and albums on rotation for ever then, and wait for death.” No, I am culturally ravenous. As much as I spend my free time compiling supercuts of all my favourite songs from the American Pie soundtracks, there are also podcasts whose episodes I look forward to every week. I have opinions about the new Kendrick Lamar album (a masterpiece). I, too, watched Conversations With Friends. I haven’t given up on the new by any means, but I have given up on keeping up.

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