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What Miyazaki’s Heroines Taught Me About My Mixed-Race Identity

“Miyazaki tells us something about bodies in flux: There is no easy answer; only the conflict, the question.”

Oct 16, 2017
‘The Leftovers’ and Living Reminders; or, Why I Write About Grief

What if the grief never gets better? What if I don’t want it to?

Oct 04, 2017
Their Songs: The Ballad of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin collaborated to create timeless pop songs during the 1970s.

Sep 20, 2017
Regeneration Sickness: On ‘Doctor Who’ and Second Chances

Thirteen regenerations of one Doctor over the course of a very long, very interesting life.

Sep 05, 2017
Subliminal Messages: On Nine Inch Nails’ “Broken”

I turned my stereo all the way down to barely audible volumes, convinced Trent Reznor’s singing was a subliminal message.

Aug 23, 2017
They Don’t Speak For Us: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ in the Age of Collapse

There’s a latent sense of hope tinged with rage tucked away in the album.

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