The Ten Best Things We Read in January 2019

What It Felt Like When 'Cat Person' Went Viral, by Kristen Roupenian for the New Yorker Like just about everyone who digested Kristen Roupenian's 'Cat Person' two falls ago, I had an immediate and visceral reaction to it. Mine was, "Seriously? This is what everyone's raving about? That's the 'shocking twist' everyone's talking up? If this is what passes for … Continue reading The Ten Best Things We Read in January 2019

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

The Full Text of Pride & Prejudice But I Replaced Every Instance of “Darcy” With “Gritty”

Chapter 1 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the … Continue reading The Full Text of Pride & Prejudice But I Replaced Every Instance of “Darcy” With “Gritty”

Are You Qualified for Sainthood?: The Margery Kempe Test

You’ve all heard of the Turing Test– the test of a machine’s ability to imitate human behavior. A machine that passes the test can generate responses indistinguishable from those of a human. Here I present to you a similar concept with a slightly different execution: the Margery Kempe Test. This short little quiz will analyze … Continue reading Are You Qualified for Sainthood?: The Margery Kempe Test

Hey Gays, Here’s Truman Capote’s Hardcore Gay Screenplay of The Great Gatsby (For Real This Time)

Note added 10-26-17: I feel that I should clarify in order to spare readers potential disappointment that this screenplay is gay in the sense that Capote was a gay writer and inflected his gay aesthetic and political subject positions onto the story, but on the surface level of the text this screenplay is no more gay … Continue reading Hey Gays, Here’s Truman Capote’s Hardcore Gay Screenplay of The Great Gatsby (For Real This Time)