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Science fiction fantasy comics romance genre movies games all drain into the Cultural Gutter a website dedicated to thoughtful articles about disreputable artmedia and genres that are a little embarrassing. Irredeemable. Worthy of Note but rolling like errant pennies back into the gutter. But the writers at the Cultural Gutter (http://theculturalgutter.com/) know that being canonized isnt all its cracked up to be. Maligned genres and media allow for vital new ways of using old conventions and have more in common with high art as itchy as that term makes us than with respectable middlebrow art. High art is often disdained as something a child could do as mocking the audience as degenerate as trash. Gutter genres and media aren't known for their subtlety. In fact their obviousness and their barenakedness is why they're destined to remain beneath the radar of serious culture -- and why they continue to thrive. The Cultural Gutter is dangerous because we have a philosophy. We try to balance enthusiasm with clear-eyed honest engagement with the material and with our readers. This book expands on our mission with 10 articles each from science fiction/fantasy editor James Schellenberg comics editor and publisher Carol Borden romance editor Chris Szego screen editor Ian Driscoll and founding editor and former games editor Jim Munroe.

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