Grief in the Digital Age

At the beginning of July, Acculturated contributor Katrina Trinko expressed her frustration with those who complain about our cultural addiction to smartphones.  While I would not classify myself as a “cell phone hater,” there are some places where banning cell phones would create community where it is most lacking and most needed.  The 9/11 Memorial … Continued


From Nirvana to Soundgarden to the Green Berets

Last week the New York Times profiled a man who might otherwise be remembered—if he were remembered at all—as the Pete Best of punk rock, having twice lost his shot at being a rock idol. But Jason Everman went on to give more meaning to his life than fame and fortune ever could. The troubled … Continued

Entertainment, Music

A 9/11 Story: Transcendence in the Face of Death

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the 2001 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Everyone personally involved that day, whether victim or survivor, has a story to tell, tales of kindness and courage, selflessness and sorrow, even generosity and joy. Now the Stamford Advocate relates a poignant new one. Trapped in his offices in … Continued


The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Lena Dunham’s Girls vs. Sex and the City—Time Well, the bad sex in Sex and the City was sort of like, “It was so bad he left his socks on.” Our sex is like “It was really bad because we’re not emotionally connected and he doesn’t want to be here and I’m scared and alone.”  … Continued