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Caroline Hagood is a writer living in New York City. She has written on arts and culture for The Economist, Salon, and The Guardian. Her first book of poetry is now available from FutureCycle Press.

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My Creative Manifesto: 50 Tips for the Driven, Obsessed, or Otherwise Insane

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 8:28 PM

If you feel like your creative life is a song you just want to keep turning up, you have come to the right place. Welcome. I admire and pity you because I understand. You'll get through it. And when you don't, you'll write about it. I'll read it and nod...

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Virgin and Whore in Black Swan

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 4:05 PM

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The horror genre has long served as a space for confronting female sexuality. In Darren Aronofsky's graceful and gruesome ballet film Black Swan, the doppelgänger, or evil double, is used as a trope for examining women's supposed inner doubleness--the good old Madonna...

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Playboy TV's New Fantasy Woman: Your Wife

(24) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 2:30 PM

If Playboy has served as a barometer for the evolving sexual taste of the American male, then what does its new TV programming have to say about that? After realizing that it couldn't outdo Internet porn or even other channels of the flesh without tarnishing its paradoxical wholesomely...

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Ten Tips to Feed Your Alien Blog Baby

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 11:12 AM

People say that writing a blog is like writing a journal. That's true, but only if your diary snakes in and out of the shared digital mind. When I first started Culture Sandwich, I treated it like a notebook that lived in my computer, but eventually I started...

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The Day I Became a Computer

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 8:50 AM

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To whom it may concern,
I leave my human life to you.
After spending so much time
typing away at poems,
courting my screensaver,
surfing great swells of web,
I've finally become a computer.

As I...

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The 'Dead Poets Society' Guide to Teaching

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 6:10 PM

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From the moment we see the schoolboys of Welton Academy transforming the tenets of their prep school; "tradition, honor, discipline, and excellence," into the eminently more playful "travesty, horror, decadence, and excrement," we know they're not waiting for Superman; they're waiting for...

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On Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!, Movies, and Manhood

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 3:11 PM

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Dear Vern,

Inspired by your spirited missive to Mystique (Rebecca Romijn), that most nubile of X-2 (2003) mutants, I've decided to address your contribution to film theory, Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics in letter...

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7 Signs That You Have an Internet Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 6:21 PM

1) You have the ability to listen to Slate's Gabfest while simultaneously composing a blog post, madly consuming internet news and beating the heck out of JabbaTheHutt420 at online Scrabble.

2) At different intervals in your non-cyber life, you've found yourself with a strange desire to press "Command-F" to find...

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Making Trash Sculptures in Hurricane Season

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 5:01 PM

When I was seven, my family visited a little island off the coast of Puerto Rico during hurricane season. To my younger self, the littered beaches resembled billowing garbage monsters with cans for eyes. I was in heaven. I understood the sorrow of hurricanes when the innkeeper's husband lightly touched...

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Blast From the Past: Honoré de Balzac's New English Release, Treatise on Elegant Living

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 1:07 PM

If Mark Twain thought clothes made the man, Honoré de Balzac seemed to believe they made the creative demigod. In his Treatise on Elegant Living, he outlines the rules of elegantology, with particular focus on the artist with panache who soars far above the uncouth, earthly masses. Only recently released...

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Penny Arcade's Bad Reputation

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:31 PM

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Jasmine Hirst

In her book, Bad Reputation, performance artist, playwright, and one-time citizen of the world of Andy Warhol and his Factory (even appearing in Warhol's and Paul Morissey's film, Women in Revolt), Penny Arcade (born Susana Ventura) has collected three...

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5 Literary Hook-Ups I'd Like to See

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 10:34 AM

Mind-bending, Postmodern Hot:

1. Joseph Heller and Thomas Pynchon

Best Known For: Heller -- Catch 22; Pynchon -- Gravity's Rainbow

What it Would Look Like: This bookish combo would breed such a wealth of mind-bending, absurdly funny, paranoid prose marvels that I wouldn't be surprised if it has...

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New Documentary Tries to Solve the Riddle of Andy Warhol's Candy Darling

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 6:06 PM


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A devoted scholar of femininity, Candy's life was a tribute to that sorceress womanhood that had cast a spell on her--the very same one she would later wield against others. Candy Darling had a way of eclipsing everything...

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Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop & the Rise of Street Art

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 3:25 PM

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Warning: Spoiler alert (although, after reading this, you may realize that this is impossible)

These days, when people hear the term street art, they often picture Shepard Fairey's Obama Hope poster, yet it has a diverse...

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Confessions of a Word Junkie

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 11:17 AM

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Do you frequently wake up fully dressed, reeking of coffee, with Post-it notes stuck to your face? Are you an information junkie, a detail fiend, or a wisdom addict? If so, you're probably suffering from being a writer. But don't feel bad, I have...

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Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 3:10 PM


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Last month a YouTube video about women's periods went viral. It poked fun at the advertisements for feminine care products that feature ecstatically happy women running on beaches in white spandex, twirling in slow motion, dancing, and...

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How Open Salon's User-Generated Content is Changing the World of Writing

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2010 | 2:33 PM

I've been reading so many posts lately that I think my mind has morphed into its own brand of blog. For those who haven't found it yet, Open Salon (OS) is an online community of bloggers who share their writing in a cybercolony hosted by Salon.com. The underlying...

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Mark Simpson and Caroline Hagood on Wo-Metrosexuality and the City

(8) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 9:15 AM

Mark Simpson: The most oft-repeated cliché about Sex and the City is that "They're not really women. They're gay men." Of course, this is palpably untrue since, with the exception of Miranda, they don't wear those trawlerman beards that all gay men do these days.

But the cliché is even...

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What Sex and the City Taught Me About Writing

(10) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 12:03 PM

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Now, I realize that Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is no Simone de Beauvoir, but the sight of her at her computer, doing the writer's jig that turns thoughts and experiences into words still gives me the chills. The very phrase, "I...

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The Cult of Beauty at What Cost?

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 8:20 AM

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I had a very strong reaction to a picture of Patti Smith the other day. As I gazed at the fur under her raised arms, I felt guilty and envious. That peek of hair made me think that when it came to being at...

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