https://twitter.com/silkspectres/status/1101936274754162688 Illustration by Fiona Ostby. This debate contains spoilers for "A Little Life," as well as discussion of suicide, sexual abuse, pedophilia, domestic violence, disordered eating, and self-harm, which may be triggering to some readers. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity, and to get rid of all our little verbal tics, because … Continue reading A Little Life: The Best Book, or the Worst?
Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid A Price. by Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik for the New York Times In the days following the publication of this piece, the FBI opened an inquiry into Ryan Adams' communication with an underage girl, retailers cut ties with Adams, former colleagues of Adams denounced him, and … Continue reading The Ten Best Things We Read in February 2019
"WILL BYERS, 12, is a sweet, sensitive kid with sexual identity issues." In the Duffer Brothers' pitch for Stranger Things, this is the very first sentence we read about Will. He's recently come to the realization that he's not "normal," the pitch reads, by the standards of semi-rural suburbia. He is bullied for his "innocent choices," … Continue reading What I Want for Will Byers
It's been 14 years almost to the day since Ang Lee smiled down on the earth and said "let there be homos on the range". And what do we have to show for it? Absolutely nothing. Frankly I'm embarrassed, and I knew if I continued living like this I wouldn't even be able to look … Continue reading For Sale: My Pitch for Another Movie About Gay Cowboys
Dear readers, I have recently become enamored of the works of Susan Sontag, best known for her illuminating essays, such as Against Interpretation, On Photography, and Notes on ‘Camp’ -- which is, delightfully, being turned into the theme for next year’s Met Gala. I have been making my way through the first volume of her journals, Reborn: … Continue reading Ten Susan Sontag Quotes Ranked By How Badly They Make Me Feel Like I Need to Lie Down
In the wake of the horrifying leak of a memo revealing that the U.S. Federal Government plans to re-interpret Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent trans people from being able to sue their schools and healthcare providers for discrimination, not to mention the appointment of anti-gay lawyer Eric Dreiband to lead the … Continue reading If All You Cisgenders Are So Concerned About the “Erasure” of My “Identity,” Then Why Don’t You Go Ahead and Read This Fucking Essay About Little Shop of Horrors
If you're like me - and you're almost certainly not - you like to dunk your buttered toast in hot chocolate and you think socks should be a legal requirement in public spaces. More relevantly though, you'll also have childhood memories of being up late at night with your hair in sponge curlers, a fire … Continue reading So You Want To Know Who From Classic TV Was Gay?
If, like me, you are trying to escape the hellscape that is being an alive human right now, you might find yourself turning to comfort TV. Let's look back on a simpler time, when Mike Schur and Tina Fey ran TV, and every single human being was straight. Here's a primer of the paltry scraps … Continue reading Supporting Male Characters of the NBC Comedy Golden Age, Ranked by Gayness
As we all know, Pierre Bezukhov, the character from Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, is gay. Great Comet, Dave Malloy's musical adaptation of part of the novel, hints at this fact, but not, in my opinion, quite enough. Here are the slight lyrical changes and production choices that I always make in my head when … Continue reading Lyrical Changes I Would Make to Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 to Make the Fact That Pierre Is in Love With Andrey More Explicit
Three years ago, our very own Thea received a phone call from a friend. She accepted the call. She lifted the phone to her ear. Her friend said, "Piglet from Winnie the Pooh was androgynous," and then immediately hung up. That was it. That was the entire call. It was a brief message, but a potent … Continue reading If Piglet Was Your Favourite Winnie the Pooh Character, Let’s Be Honest, You’re Gay