Culture Couch

For the Spirit of Sport: Cricket’s Culture War

A few months ago, a new quote began to make the rounds on basketball Twitter. It picked up from Latin American Marxist revolutionary Che...

Greta Gerwig and Necessary Femininity

Despite only having three movies under her belt as a solo director, Greta Gerwig has already made a name for herself as one of...

How ‘Killing Eve’ Buried Itself Along With Its Gays

Disclaimer: Contains major spoilers for Season 4 of Killing Eve Killing Eve has, not to put too fine a point on it, a killer repertoire....

The Tunes and Fortunes of Celebrity Musicians

In the wake of Kendrick Lamar announcing his fifth studio album, ‘Mr Morale and the Big Steppers’, I found myself intrigued by the methods...

How Dracula Became the Freshest Internet Phenomenon

If I were to tell you that in May of 2022 the #1 trending topic on social media for two weeks straight has been...

Kalkattewali: The Goddess and Her City

A temple in the northern part of Kolkata, the Thanthania Kalibari has a marble slab, on which “Shankar’er hridoy majhe, Kali biraje,” (Kali reigns...

Queen Victoria, ‘Consumption’ and Goth Culture

The first thing that many will visualise upon the mention of ‘Goth’ is the mohawk, black lace, powdered faces, spikes and metal on ‘uncivilised’...

On Reboots, Reunions and Manufactured Nostalgia

“As a show or movie completes its run, viewers get to imagine the ending they like best. Reboots risk sinking this imagined ending and the franchise with it.”

More Misses than Hits: “The Chair” on Cancel Culture

“The show attacks a bunch of little-over-teenage youths who really are the least of cancel culture’s problems, but are the most fashionable to attack.”

The King’s Indian

From Chaturanga to Modern Chess