Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer, historian and filmmaker. He is the author of the e-book Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies. He’s a columnist for City Arts Magazine, where he writes the thread “Faded Signs,” a bi-weekly column about popular culture in late capitalism.

Recent Articles

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The Prison Poetry of Meek Mill

In 2017 America, a judge with a grudge can consign a Black millionaire to a cage on a whim.
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She’s the Boss

After helping to inspire the #carefreeblackgirl trend, Stasia Irons is evolving on her own.
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Q&A with Stand-up Comedian Dwayne Kennedy

The stand-up veteran tackles politics, race and social norms at the Rendezvous this weekend, with Hari Kondabalu opening.
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The Political Economy of Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey’s 'Lust for Life' is the latest iteration of ruin porn.
Q&A

F*ck Living Rich and Dying Broke

The Power Summit brings Black brilliance—cultural, political, financial—to SAM.
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White Womanhood at the Movies

Three new films offer a broad—and discouraging—take on white American femininity.
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New York’s Neoliberal Turn

Where jazz once modeled mid-century capitalism’s embrace of collaboration, rap—with its celebration of individual wealth accumulation at all costs—is the representative musical tributary of neoliberalism.
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This Shit Is Real

As municipal elections loom, it's time for liberal Seattle to put up or shut up.
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Mayoral Candidates Fight Over the Future

Will they actually discuss their plans and policies before it's too late?
Q&A

The Evolution of Evan Flory-Barnes

"Björk meets Curtis Mayfield": The jazz musician and composer on his biggest show yet.
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Seattle Freeze

Escapism that speaks to decaying social fabric: searching for community in hockey.