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Defending Friends

When Friends premiered in 1994, I wasn’t interested. There were lots of reasons why.I had just turned 17, and was in my first semester...

Indie Oldies

This summer, I took my son Jamie, 28, to Pittsburgh to see the Lemonheads. Jamie was born in 1991 with Down syndrome; his brother...

Russian Doll’s Brain

In the second episode of Russian Doll, the Netflix series just nominated for a "Best Comedy" Emmy, the camera focuses on a strip of...

Academy Fight Song: My University in Ruins

“I’m not not not not not not not not / your academy” -Mission of Burma, “Academy Fight Song” For my generation of humanities scholars, the promise...

A Version of “A Star is Born” that Could Have Won Best Picture

(This has all the spoilers if you want to watch the movie that Bradley Cooper made.) Basically all of my feelings about “A Star is...

Queer Aunt Beast

“So, what are they going to call you?” a friend asks, when I announce I’m pregnant with twin boys. I’m gay, long-partnered, and facing...