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Meta Wagner
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In her “Vox Pop” column for PopMatters Meta voices her observations about pop culture, particularly as it intersects with our lives.  She is endlessly fascinated by the myriad ways in which our pop culture choices reflect back on us—our beliefs, our desires, our idiosyncrasies, our intellects. Wagner’s published pieces include written commentaries, features, and profiles for Salon, Boston Globe Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. You can visit her blog here. When she’s not writing, Meta is molding young minds as an adjunct professor at Emerson College, where she teaches creative writing.  She also developed and occasionally teaches a column-writing class at Grub Street, an independent writing center in Boston.


Wednesday, May 29 2013

The Great Gatsby Re-Incarnated a la Don Draper and Barack Obama

It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.

Monday, April 29 2013

The Power of Now

There’s an old saying that “patience is a virtue.” Not anymore.

Wednesday, January 23 2013

Violence Unchained

There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?

Sunday, November 18 2012

The Other L Word

Democrats have returned the term 'Liberal' to the political lexicon. Long live the 'L'.

Monday, September 24 2012

Hope and Change Still Matters

Call it “hope and change”, call it pride, call it any number of things, but the feeling boils down to this: I’m rooting for President Obama.

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