Masha Tupitsyn

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Masha Tupitsyn
Born New York City
Occupation Writer, critic
Nationality American
Ethnicity Russian, Armenian
Notable works

LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film, Life As We Show It: Writing On Film,

Beauty Talk & Monsters
Relatives Margarita Tupitsyn, Victor Tupitsyn

Masha Tupitsyn is an American writer and cultural critic based in New York City.

Tupitsyn's writing focuses on contemporary cinema and experiments with form and genre, using media including Twitter, video essays, and Tumblr to produce innovative work. Recurring themes in her work include gender, sexuality, spectatorship, childhood, time, the human face, the politics of beauty and acting, 70s culture and aesthetics, screen persona, love, and the relationship between onscreen and offscreen in 21st Century culture.[1][2]


Tupitsyn received her B.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research and her MA in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University of Sussex in England. She is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at the European Graduate School.


Tupitsyn's most recent book of film criticism, LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film, was written entirely on Twitter between the years 2009–2010, and was subsequently published as a print book by Zer0 Books[3] in 2011. LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film uses social media to explore the changing ways that we consume and construct narrative in the 21st century.[4][5][6][7][8]

Tupitsyn's current projects include Love Dog, a multi-media book project that takes love as its focal point. Love Dog uses diverse disciplines like philosophy, literature, film, and music, blending personal reflection, cultural criticism, feminism, and visual media to reflect on the discourse of love using digital forms. She is also working on a book on John Cusack called Star Notes: John Cusack and The Politics of Acting


  • Love Dog. Penny-Ante Editions. 2013.[9]
  • Like Someone in Love. Penny-Ante Editions. November 2013.[10]
  • LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film. Zer0 Books. (2011)[11][12]
  • Life As We Show It: Writing on Film, Published by City Lights Bookstore (2009) (co-edited with filmmaker and writer Brian Pera)[13][14]
  • Beauty Talk and Monsters, Published by Semiotext(e), Native Agents (2007)[15]

Selected articles and stories[edit]


  1. ^ "An Interview with Masha Tupitsyn". Bookslut. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Girls on Film in Books By Michelle Tea « SEMIOTEXT(E)". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Zero Books Homepage". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Twittering Machine » 3:AM Magazine". 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Thoughts on Masha Tupitsyn’s LACONIA, cultural criticism, the excesses of a text, minimalist critique, and living vicariously through film". Htmlgiant. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age". The Millions. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  7. ^ "Laconia: An Architecture of Thinking". Brain Pickings. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Who Authenticates the Blogged Word? The Publishers or the Readers?". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  9. ^ "LOVE DOG | Penny-Ante Editions". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Like Someone in Love." Penny-Ante Editions.
  11. ^ "LACONIA: 1,200 TWEETS ON FILM || Zero Books || Book Info". Zero Books. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  12. ^ Sturgeon, Jonathan (October 14, 2014). "A Brief and Incomplete Survey of New Types of Online Literature". Flavorwire. 
  13. ^ "Life As We Show It, Writing On Film (Masha Tupitsyn)". Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  14. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Beauty Talk & Monsters by Masha Tupitsyn, ISBN 978-1-58435-044-6". 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  15. ^ "Masha Tupitsyn « SEMIOTEXT(E)". Retrieved 2015-08-28.