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Mask Up

  This essay contains spoilers. Early-ish in The Mandalorian, the camera pans over a grisly display of shattered, blood-stained Imperial stormtrooper helmets on pikes. But these...

Virgins, Vamps, and Mermaids

In director Richard Benjamin’s 1990 film Mermaids, Winona Ryder plays Charlotte Flax, a fanatical 15-year old obsessed with both the saints and sex. It’s...

Good, Giving, and Generously Spiced

"Dickinson pushes this hoary old school aesthetics aside somewhat, seeing the beautiful as part of, rather than apart from, the moist, the sticky, and the generously spiced."

no body, no haim

Like all the Swifties of the world, I spent last Friday breathlessly awaiting evermore, the surprise sequel to Taylor Swift’s indie folk record folklore....

My Queer Life According to Schitt’s Creek

In a mostly-repressed earlier era in my family’s collective life (the mid-1990s), my parents experienced some professional-financial reversals and decamped from relative suburban splendor...

Moby Dick and Breastfeeding

Moby Dick, that magnum opus of American literature, famously contains no women. (They are in the background but not part of the action). But...