“The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”
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“The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”

This Week

At last we are on a new newsletter platform. Modern Adventuress is now running on a self-hosted Ghost instance. From here on out, you’ll be able to see the web version of these newsletters at modernadventuress.com. I’m keeping the Substack archive live to visit as desired, as well as the even older TinyLetter archive, and you can find links to those at modernadventuress.com as well. Additionally, I’m currently porting the old essay archive there, so watch for that soon.

I didn’t want to inflict my reasoning behind moving off of Substack on all of you unsuspecting newsletter readers as a whole, but I did write at my website about why I decided to move my newsletter in the context of all the years I've spent writing on the internet. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Quiet Little Horrors begins a month of South Korean film with a mini episode about Parasite, a movie that isn’t horror but isn’t not horror either. This is a prelude to our full-length episode about The Wailing, which will drop at the end of the month.

Oh, and I got my first vaccine shot. So I got that going for me.

White woman seated, wearing blue jeans and black top, long wavy brown hair over one shoulder, tattoos on arms (visible tattoos of pen and Princess Leia), one sleeve rolled up to reveal a bandage over vaccination spot

As Elaine May turns 89, it’s time to give the filmmaking giant the credit she deserves.

An oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Tracing the expression of queer sexuality and identity through 1949’s Cat People, its sequel and its remake.

A primer on mermaid cinema.

Inside the Facebook group dedicated to “Oddly Specific Playlists.”

A Q&A with Jessica Nabongo, the first Black woman who has traveled to every country in the world.

“It's a thing that worries me sometimes whenever you talk about creativity, because it can have this kind of feel that it's just nice, you know, or it's warm or it's something pleasant. It's not. It's vital. It's the way we heal each other. In singing our song, in telling our story, in inviting you to say, "Hey, listen to me, and I'll listen to you," we're starting a dialogue. And when you do that, this healing happens, and we come out of our corners, and we start to witness each other's common humanity. We start to assert it. And when we do that, really good things happen.” Ethan Hawke on creativity.


  • I finally watched the first season of Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) and yes, everyone who said it is wonderful is entirely correct.
  • I also watched the first season of I Hate Suzie (HBO Max), which has a very different vibe but is an underrated gem about complex women figuring out complicated lives.
  • Shudder is streaming Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist. This isn’t a comprehensive documentary, but more of a straightforward conversation with Friedkin, who is insightful, engaging and entertaining to listen to.

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I hope you're taking care of yourselves. Thanks for being here.


This week’s quote is from Henry Miller.