#8 Taylor Swift: Awkward, Strategic, or Villainous?


What makes Taylor Swift so interesting? Is she, actually, interesting? How does she relate to Guy Fieri, America, and...ourselves? Dustyn and Whitney try to figure out the elusive, enigmatic T. Swift.

Dustyn and Whitney recommend the TV show Terriers, the book Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler, and the movie Blue Ruin in the final segment.

Note: Dustyn and Whitney mistakenly refer to the song “Blank Space” as “Blank Slate” several times. We feel bad about it.


Alanna Bennett, “Taylor Swift’s Persona Is Not Built For 2017”. BuzzFeed, 2017.

Alyssa Bereznak, “Hearing Both Sides of Taylor Swift”. The Ringer, 2017.

Ann Helen Peterson, “The Great White Celebrity Vacuum”. BuzzFeed, 2017.

Constance Grady. “A Unified Theory of Taylor Swift’s Reputation.” Vox, November 9, 2017.

Rachel Withers. “On Reputation, Taylor Swift Seems to Be Really Into The Great Gatsby.” Slate, November 11, 2017.

Further Reading

Snapes, Laura. “The Pop Stars Who Cry ‘fake News!’” The Outline. December 12, 2017.