Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List

“YOUTHS.” : Schmidt, New Girl Hello, suckers. Welcome back. (That’s how Velma Kelly opens Act II of Chicago, for all you theatre freaks.) After racking up an array of shows and movies and also YouTube takedowns of the shows and movies, I have reached the limit of my tolerance for almost all visual media revolvingContinue reading “Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List”

Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP

Or, an encapsulation *WARNING: SPOILERS* I went into Netflix’s Don’t Look Up expecting to be made very angry. I knew what it was about, and I knew what it was meant to represent. Instead, as I watched, I experienced a mix of déjà vu and deep fatigue. This was an only slightly factionalized version ofContinue reading “Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP”

“Hello, it’s the past”

In a good way! Well, I don’t know about anybody else, but I can safely say this is the best year-beginning I’ve had in a while. I spent New Year’s Eve and much of New Year’s Day with a dear friend, walking around her neighborhood, meeting other friends of hers, counting lessons from the yearContinue reading ““Hello, it’s the past””

David Bowie at 75

In which I *am* the young American Happy what would be three-quarters of a century to the one and only Starman. Though the ‘man’ part of that portmanteau, I think, belies his enormous contributions to bringing gender weirdness to the fore of the music industry and mainstream media. Hunky Dory has been on heavy rotationContinue reading “David Bowie at 75”

Stop what you’re doing and read THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY. Right now.

In which I am not kidding Many of us have just wrapped the first workday of the new Gregorian calendar year, post-holiday. Congratulations. Whatever you did, you did it, and I’m proud of you. I’m now going to order you to leave off even thinking about work and go read Sonya Renee Taylor’s The BodyContinue reading “Stop what you’re doing and read THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY. Right now.”

My Favorite Christmas Songs (Hymns & Carols Edition)

Or, part 2 Yesterday I covered the pop stuff, but I must say, I feel the carols and/or hymns are where the portrayals of the holiday really get interesting. A much wider range of artistic license is taken. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” for example, is about harassing people into handing over their figgyContinue reading “My Favorite Christmas Songs (Hymns & Carols Edition)”

My Favorite Christmas Songs

Or, FS for CS (if ya know ya know) It’s that time of year when the world outside of my bloodline suddenly cares about Bing Crosby again. Christmas music has a special power; there’s a reason some people don’t reserve it solely for the season (definitely not me though haha). Here are just a fewContinue reading “My Favorite Christmas Songs”

Notes on Photography

Or, look at me all Susan Sontag with my titles 🥰 There is a difference between taking photographs and making photographs. I’d picked up on photographers saying something to this effect across years of reading—photographers were inevitable in the nonfiction I read—but I truly understood it this past Sunday when I was thrust into theContinue reading “Notes on Photography”

Who is Hot Girl?

In which I strike up a new friendship with myself I conducted a workshop last month where I guided a series of short writing sessions with a corresponding series of prompts. One great thing about the work I do (paid and unpaid) is that it allows me to exercise the lessons I learn from otherContinue reading “Who is Hot Girl?”