What Does “Queerbait” Even Mean Anymore?

Yesterday, in what still feels like a targeted effort by scientists in a government laboratory to make me, personally, weep myself into blindness, Warner Brothers released the second trailer for The Goldfinch. If you're not familiar, I'll catch you up in just a second -- but have a look, first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAfCD9MVq_c Yes, as if it wasn't enough … Continue reading What Does “Queerbait” Even Mean Anymore?

These Man-Shaped Beings Are Gay and There’s Nothing Neil Gaiman Can Do About It (A Good Omens Primer)

In the near present you, dear Nichers, will likely be seeing a lot about the BBC/Amazon mini-series of Good Omens. You probably already have—it's actually a little scary how many non-internet people I know who've asked me if I've heard about "this new show" like I don't have every page of the novel inscribed in … Continue reading These Man-Shaped Beings Are Gay and There’s Nothing Neil Gaiman Can Do About It (A Good Omens Primer)

A Little Life: The Best Book, or the Worst?

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?

Ten Susan Sontag Quotes Ranked By How Badly They Make Me Feel Like I Need to Lie Down

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