An Agonizingly Deep Dive into Timothée Chalamet’s High School Rap Career

Before Timothée Chalamet was Timothée Chalamet -- before he was an Academy Award nominee, and before he was Paul Atreides, but right around the time he dated Madonna's daughter, Lourdes -- he was Lil Timmy Tim. As a student at the Fame high school, a.k.a. the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art … Continue reading An Agonizingly Deep Dive into Timothée Chalamet’s High School Rap Career

Did Susan Sontag Write “Notes on Camp” Specifically About Eurovision? Who’s to Say?

The year was 1956. Europe, torn up and traumatized by war, needed something that might help it heal. In came the Switzerland-based European Broadcasting Union with an at-the-time highly ambitious idea: broadcast a song contest between European countries, each represented by a performer, to the whole of Europe simultaneously. Ever since then, with the exception … Continue reading Did Susan Sontag Write “Notes on Camp” Specifically About Eurovision? Who’s to Say?

Trans Dude, Drag Queen: A Niche Interview with Andromeda VII

Krem Zaroogian plays many roles: an artist, an illustrator, an animator, a long-time friend of mine from our [REDACTED EMBARRASSING WEBCOMIC] fandom days. But most nights, Krem isn't Krem at all - he becomes Andromeda VII, intergalactic drag queen par excellence. Rare among drag queens, Krem's also a trans guy. Read on to learn how … Continue reading Trans Dude, Drag Queen: A Niche Interview with Andromeda VII

Did Riverdale Base its New Season on That Esquire Article About Bennington College In The 1980s?

We talk a lot about representation here at The Niche. But I feel like something's missing from that conversation, a form of representation that hasn't been addressed yet. What is this form, you ask? It's when you're watching the show you hate-watch drunk every week with your best friends and said show suddenly becomes very … Continue reading Did Riverdale Base its New Season on That Esquire Article About Bennington College In The 1980s?

Wilhelmina Slater is the True Trans Woman of Ugly Betty

As a trans woman, I find it disconcerting that I can’t remember a single trans character from my childhood except for Alexis Meade from Ugly Betty. As a barely-out-of-the-closet queer 18-year-old, I watched the series with a feral intensity. I felt drawn to Marc’s unashamed flamboyance, his playful and loving friendship with Amanda, Betty’s ambition … Continue reading Wilhelmina Slater is the True Trans Woman of Ugly Betty

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