Meghan Murphy, the Toronto Public Library, and the Easiest Grift in the Universe

Hey, The Niche! I've got a question for your career advice columnist, and I'm hoping you can help me! See, I'm a mediocre writer with no academic qualifications or professional experience beyond a degree in gender studies -- you may already see the problem here -- and gosh, I'm just trying to make a living … Continue reading Meghan Murphy, the Toronto Public Library, and the Easiest Grift in the Universe

The Voyniche Manuscript

In 1912, Wilfrid Voynich bought an unreadable book. It is a Medieval tome of strange plants, women in green baths, star charts, and otherworldly machines. No human alive knows what it says.  Yet.  For years, ambitious cryptologists, accomplished linguistic scholars, Internet sleuths, and interested spectators have striven to decode the Voynich Manuscript. There is only … Continue reading The Voyniche Manuscript

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

Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

“You’re God’s born loser, you know that?” — George St. Geegland to Gil Faizon, Oh Hello! On Broadway (2017) They were brothers first. It would not always be so, later on, but first, they were brothers. The first brothers, to be exact, born of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Eden. Writing hadn’t been … Continue reading Reeling in the Years: George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon as the Biblical Cain and Abel, Through The Ages

Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip

11. Brandi Carlile (with Kris Kristofferson)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQx8ELjB-Sw This has “I am going to make the best of it but it is going to be very, very hard” written all over it. You have been looking forward to this holiday for months, curating a playlist that hits all the right songs at certain bends in the road … Continue reading Covers of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Ranked By How Well They Would Fare as Companions on a Cross-Canada Road Trip

Listen, Hear Me Out, Taylor Swift Wrote ‘The Archer’ About Aeneas and Dido

I want to preface this by saying that my Bachelor’s degree is in Classical Studies and Ancient History, and I’ve dedicated months of my life to the Aeneid at this point. I’ve loved Dido, hated Aeneas, studied the epic again, still loved Dido, felt bad for Aeneas, and spent the rest of my time also … Continue reading Listen, Hear Me Out, Taylor Swift Wrote ‘The Archer’ About Aeneas and Dido

An Exclusive Interview with Taylor Swift While Shackled to A Copper Pipe In Her Basement

The subterranean dungeon of Taylor Swift's Rhode Island mansion is painted a folksy, endearing robin's-egg blue, a delicate contrast to the exposed copper piping which runs the length of the cavernous room, and to which I am presently shackled. As forced captivities go, this has been an eminently pleasant one. And it was my fault, … Continue reading An Exclusive Interview with Taylor Swift While Shackled to A Copper Pipe In Her Basement

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?