I’m Jacqui Shine, & Well, Actually is a newsletter devoted to cultural criticism, historical deep dives, & flights of pop culture fancy—with footnotes.

I have a PhD in US history from the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied the cultural construction of American policing; a certificate in documentary writing from the Salt Institute; and a propensity for delight. I’m a terrible polemicist.

My brain kind of looks like this:

Image of Can we talk about the mail, please, Mac?

& I would love to talk about the mail. I have, in fact, been dying to talk about the mail with you all day.

This newsletter is f-r-e-e, but paid subscriptions support my writing & my ambitions for this project. (They include a few perks, too.)

some nice things people have said:
“Well, Actually: Correcting The Internet Has Never Been So Zippily Substantive” — Two Bossy Dames


Jacqui Shine
Writer, historian, a Balki in a world of Larrys. You can also find me at jacquishine.com & @DearSplenda on Twitter.