Queer Classics: “The Song of Achilles (by Madeline Miller)

For some time now, I've been putting off reading Madeline Miller's debut novel The Song of Achilles. Not because I didn't want to read it, but because I wanted to make sure that I was in the right frame of mind to really enjoy it. This was one of those books, I thought to myself, that needed … Continue reading Queer Classics: “The Song of Achilles (by Madeline Miller)

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Queer Classics: “Love, Simon” (2018) and the Epistemology of the (Digital) Closet

Once upon a time, if you were to look for a mainstream gay teen romance, you would have to look outside the Hollywood system to the indies. Even there, you'd be hard pressed to find a film about queer teens. If there is one thing that has been off-bounds for mainstream film, it's the idea … Continue reading Queer Classics: “Love, Simon” (2018) and the Epistemology of the (Digital) Closet

Queer Classics: The Agony and the Ecstasy of “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

Warning. Spoilers for the film follow. Call Me By Your Name opens with a series of snapshots of statues from antiquity, emblems of beauty, desire, and a world lost to the vicissitudes of time. About midway through the film, the main character Elio's father refers to these statues, arguing that they dare us to desire, their … Continue reading Queer Classics: The Agony and the Ecstasy of “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)