The Cultured Curator #1

that first one, breaking the ice ....

How to start.

Starting on something new can be a hassle. First of all, you need to figure out how you want to start and then actually do it.

This is where I often get stuck, starting making. I love the concept phase, writing ideas and strategies. Making endless lists. Dreaming up new concepts and different ways to execute them. But what if when I start I can’t reach those dreams and concepts? The fear of failure creeps in, combined with Imposter Syndrome. 

So I just bit the bullet with this first issue. Because if I never start, I can never fail, succeed, nor grow. 

My name is Rabia Sitabi (rpish) and I am the Cultured Curator. 
I am a connoisseur of the Fantastic, Weird, Horrific, and Enjoyable. In the form of Cinema, TV/Streaming, Literature, Comics, Manga, and Anime. Plus I like to geek out every now and then about Culture, Socioeconomics, and Technology.

If you know me, then welcome to my weekly update, you have an idea what you’re in for.
If you don’t know me, then also welcome! I hope to broaden your horizon with Culture.


(You can find my reviews and scores for the movies I recommend on my Letterboxd page)

  • Sator; an amazing moody horror set in the woods with real interviews of the grandma of the director.

  • Godzilla vs Kong; Super entertaining movie, didn’t care for the humans, but a great popcorn flick with all the monster moments.

  • Minari; amazingly true and emotional story of an Korean-American immigrant family and their journey integrating into American society.


  • Creepshow season 2 (on Shudder)

  • Kingdom (season 1 and 2 now on Netflix) Train to Busan, but then in the 1600s.

  • Fire Force (anime, on VRV/Crunchyroll) dystopian world, where people spontaneously turn into Infernals aka fire demons.

Books & Brain Food

Nothing Breaks Like A.I. Heart - An essay about artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, and finding an ending.

Future Histories by Lizzie O’ Shea - What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Teach Us about Digital Technology

The Missing Crypto Queen (BBC Podcast) - Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency to rival Bitcoin, and persuaded them to invest billions. Then, two years ago, she disappeared. Jamie Bartlett spent months investigating how she did it for the Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, and trying to figure out where she's hiding.

Apps & Sites

Consentful Tech - “The Consentful Tech Project raises awareness, develops strategies, and shares skills to help people build and use technology consentfully.”

Whereby - an ethical and ecologically sustainable alternative to apps like Zoom and Google Hangouts.

Stuff from the web

Fun fact: I am currently part of the longest running Horror room on Clubhouse. We do daily screenings of old or cult-movies. There are a bunch of different topics with different size audiences we discuss and most importantly: we are the unofficial official 10-year anniversary screening of the Japanese troma horror Zombie Ass: The toilet of the Dead.

Feel free to watch it here. (Disclaimer: gore, nudity, disturbing images) watch it with friends if you can!

link to the Horror CH:

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