Twin Peaks and Hamlet are two of my favorite stories. They have a lot in common: both are murder mysteries with far too many characters and subplots; both deal with themes of corruption, mortality, domestic violence, and the terrifying unknowability of nature and of the life to come; both prominently feature the troublingly fetishized body of … Continue reading Twin Peaks Characters as the Cast of Hamlet: A Listicle
Hey Niche Readers! Like many TV fans, I'm sure a lot of you have seen Season 2 of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Like us, I'm sure your hearts were warmed by the themes of friendship, found family, and the power of love to conquer adversity characteristic of the show. However, also like us, I'm sure many of you were dissatisfied by the show's heteronormativity and slightly overdone 1980s Spielberg Kitsch aesthetic. Never fear! Here to help are Hannah and Seph, with an LGBT-friendly spinoff known as the Boy Actor AU, or Trans Elizabethan Stranger Things: The Musical.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners at goat herding, I wish someone told me. All of us who herd goats, we get into it because we love animal husbandry. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you herd, it’s just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has … Continue reading Closing the Goat Gap: 7 Tips from Ira Glass for Taking Your Herding from Good to Great
Until recently, the free, user-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia contained a rather glaring error: Namely, it contained separate articles titled Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope, and Brideshead Revisited, perpetuating the misconception that rather than just being two names for the same thing, they are two separate works with different characters and different plots. No shame … Continue reading Pending Edits to the Brideshead Revisited Wikipedia Page Where It’s Star Wars Now
About 21 hours ago, blogger Chelsea Fagan delivered the funniest tweet of all time unto us: the other day a bartender told me his high school did a performance of RENT where they couldn't say AIDS so all the characters had diabetes — Chelsea Fagan (@Chelsea_Fagan) October 6, 2017 I mean, we've all heard of … Continue reading A Conservative High School Production of Angels in America Where They Can’t Say AIDS So All the Characters Have Diabetes Instead
This might be the first day of 2017 that I've actually woken up to good news: Kazuo Ishiguro, the brilliant author of such novels as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ishiguro, said the Swedish Academy, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss … Continue reading Never Let Me Go Except Kathy Has A Knife Now
hey friends, it's seph. as you may know, one of my favorite tasks is assembling extensive playlists of mountain goats songs focused on a particular text or theme. this is more of a compulsion than a hobby, and I hope that someday I will find more productive outlets for my creative energy. in the meantime, … Continue reading hey dudes here’s my 36-song mountain goats playlist about david and jonathan from the bible
There is a lot of dark, chaotic energy contained in the show that we here at The Niche know as Hate Crimes MD. The weight of sadness and repression palpable in each and every sentence is truly unbearable. It seems fitting, then, to take that sadness and repression and attempt to make it even worse … Continue reading Housman MD, or, House MD but House Speaks Only in Lines from AE Housman Poems