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Justin Bieber Is My Lesbian Icon

It’s not about getting away with things. It’s about becoming more comfortable with myself.

Jul 20, 2017
True Love Will Find You: My Afternoon in Daniel Johnston’s Dining Room

Johnston’s instrumental arrangements and shrill vocal style satisfied a primitive urge in me.

Jul 19, 2017
‘The Shining,’ Domestic Violence, and the Architecture of Horror

“Horror isn’t in the gothic and ghostly, but in the people we’re taught to love. Horror is close to home.”

Jul 11, 2017
What Would Captain Janeway Do?: On Depression, My Lost Year, and Star Trek: Voyager

How rewatching ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ shed new light on a lost year of my life.

Jul 06, 2017
‘The Big Sick’ Is About Dating and Romance, but It’s Also About Parents and Children

On ‘The Big Sick,’ dating, arranged marriage, and the hard-to-break scripts we use when communicating about love.

Jun 26, 2017
Magic’s Three Acts, Penn & Teller’s Three Tricks

Magic deserves to be regarded as a high art, right alongside poetry, right alongside theatre.

Jun 14, 2017
Strange Grief: On The Leftovers and Departure

“The undefined, complicated, unresolved trauma makes us messy—how do we tell our story without an ending?”

Evolving the Monster: A History of Godzilla

“What bright flame has drawn our imaginations toward a creature that destroys lives on the other side of the sea?”

‘The Americans’ Is a Great Show, But Its Characters of Color Deserve Better

“The show’s characters of color appear rarely, briefly, subordinately, and often end up dead.”

Jun 01, 2017
Origin Stories: Mr. Robot and the Death of My Father

“Tragedy taught me one thing: Bad shit happens, and it can happen to me and the people I love.”

The Mystery of the Woods: Twin Peaks and the Pacific Northwest

“Twin Peaks did much to define the image of the Pacific Northwest in the popular imagination.”

Love in the Age of Prince

“After hearing ‘1999,’ I wouldn’t date any woman that wasn’t down with Prince.”

May 02, 2017
Bruce Springsteen: The Ultimate Dad

“The dads are here for Bruce; the dads hold these truths about Bruce to be self-evident.”

Jan 18, 2017
It’s Okay to Be a Lot: On Watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

“This is what being obsessed is: It is making a huge production in your mind.”

Dec 19, 2016
Horror Movies and the Single Mom

I taught my daughter that a woman can fight demons all on her own.

Dec 14, 2016
Enter the Mars Volta

“Omar and Cedric turned center stage into a two-man prog version of Soul Train.”

Dec 14, 2016
Let Me Do My Show: My Life with Billy Joel

“Billy Joel is the clown prince of my middle age.”

Dec 13, 2016
Rage Against (and with) the Machine

“I was afraid of what people would think if I cared too much.”

Nov 08, 2016
Don’t Cover Your Eyes

“Six Feet Under made me remember when my grief was raw.”

Sep 14, 2016