Top 5: Getting Curious

When you're newly in love, you want to shout it from the rooftops. I first fell for Jonathan Van Ness years ago, when the world was gifted with his 'Gay of Thrones' recaps.  If you're reading this blog I have to assume you're familiar with the videos. Now he's hosing a monthly podcast called 'Getting … Continue reading Top 5: Getting Curious

“Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Megan Abbott's latest book, You Will Know Me (2016), may be set within the world of competitive gymnastics, but it is concerned with parents and children, adolescence and aging, sex and love, and goals and desires. In addition, it's a compelling portrait of what life—particularly, life during a crisis—might be like for a family with a young, elite female athlete. … Continue reading “Her body, their body, one body”: Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me & Gymnastics

Recommendation Round-Up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-Up

Recommendation Round-up

In homage to The Atlantic's excellent feature, "The Week in Pop Culture Writing," (which includes highlights from around the internet and various print publications, and which nicely complements their own "The Atlantic's Week in Culture" posts) and the way that Slate podcasts always conclude with the moderators' recommendations, I've decided to try something similar. Not an in-depth post, but … Continue reading Recommendation Round-up

Advice from Ali Wong: Colonize the Colonizer Through Oral Sex

You might have heard... but the certain corners of the internet have been buzzing over the past week about the recently released stand-up routine on Netflix from Ali Wong called "Baby Cobra." I saw it recommended on Netflix's front page, but wasn't really tempted because I'm not a huge stand up fan. Like, idk why? … Continue reading Advice from Ali Wong: Colonize the Colonizer Through Oral Sex

Quartets of Women

There must be something about four characters and their ability to attract and keep large audiences, because groups of four are so common in the media. In this post, I want to map out the four "types" of women that make up the usual quartets of female friendships, exemplified by Now and Then (1995), Sex and the City (1998), Sisterhood of … Continue reading Quartets of Women

Friend Breakups and Hindsight

While pop culture, art, music has painstakingly detailed every facet of romantic breakups, there are far fewer presentations of friendship breakups, which affect roughly 2.9 million adults every year.* *This statistic is not based on empirical evidence In fact, it used to be trendy to break up with all your friends when you found your romantic … Continue reading Friend Breakups and Hindsight