Niche Quiz: Which Emotionally Unstable Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with a Crush on Your Best Friend, Finn Wolfhard, Are You?

Inspired by this post. 1. What's your favourite flavour of ice cream? a) My own tears. b) Fake asthma medication. c) Cocaine. 2. Would you be comfortable coming out to your mother? a) Last year, on my birthday, she got me three gifts: a pack of rainbow-colored gel pens, a cassette of Madonna's greatest hits, and … Continue reading Niche Quiz: Which Emotionally Unstable Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with a Crush on Your Best Friend, Finn Wolfhard, Are You?

How to Survive Salem: A Handy Guide to Avoid Being Accused, Convicted, and/or Hanged During the Witch Trials of 1692

Have you or a loved one recently been accused of witchcraft? Has Goody Pynchon been eyeing you funny ever since your husband refused to let her husband borrow a horse? Has your mere presence at Sunday service resulted in a hushed crowd and stilled room? Whatever the reason, you should know that your current fears … Continue reading How to Survive Salem: A Handy Guide to Avoid Being Accused, Convicted, and/or Hanged During the Witch Trials of 1692

Meghan Murphy, the Toronto Public Library, and the Easiest Grift in the Universe

Hey, The Niche! I've got a question for your career advice columnist, and I'm hoping you can help me! See, I'm a mediocre writer with no academic qualifications or professional experience beyond a degree in gender studies -- you may already see the problem here -- and gosh, I'm just trying to make a living … Continue reading Meghan Murphy, the Toronto Public Library, and the Easiest Grift in the Universe

The Voyniche Manuscript

In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich bought an unreadable book. It is a Medieval tome of strange plants, women in green baths, star charts, and otherworldly machines. No human alive knows what it says.  Yet.  For years, ambitious cryptologists, accomplished linguistic scholars, Internet sleuths, and interested spectators have striven to decode the Voynich Manuscript. There is only … Continue reading The Voyniche Manuscript

Fuck an Umbrella: Notes Towards a Canon of Pacific Northwest Camp

Because I attend a deeply fake school, I’ve spent much of the fall studying the concept of Camp. The traditional canon of Camp is based heavily in a London and New York sensibility, locating itself in relation to the LGBT communities in these cities. I, however, am a stubborn asshole who loves the Pacific Northwest. … Continue reading Fuck an Umbrella: Notes Towards a Canon of Pacific Northwest Camp

Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

“You’re God’s born loser, you know that?” — George St. Geegland to Gil Faizon, Oh Hello! On Broadway (2017) They were brothers first. It would not always be so, later on, but first, they were brothers. The first brothers, to be exact, born of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden. Writing hadn’t been … Continue reading Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip

11. Brandi Carlile (with Kris Kristofferson)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQx8ELjB-Sw This has “I am going to make the best of it but it is going to be very, very hard” written all over it. You have been looking forward to this holiday for months, curating a playlist that hits all the right songs at certain bends in the road … Continue reading Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip