Much as it pains me to admit it, this has not been a very productive day on any front. I managed to eke out some progress on Chapter 3, though I did nothing at all on Chapter 4. I had a bit of a pet emergency (Beast, my kitty, had an asthma flare, so a … Continue reading Dissertation Days (17): Headaches
After waiting impatiently for several weeks for Moonlight to make its way to Syracuse, it finally arrived, and I have to say: this is one hell of a film. Though it was not what I expected, that does not mean that I didn't enjoy it. Indeed, it's probably the best film that I've seen this year (as cliché as … Continue reading Queer Classics: “Moonlight” (2016)
Though I finished Terry Brooks's most recent book some time ago, I've just now got around to writing my review of it. This book, The Sorcerer's Daughter, focuses on two parallel plots: one traces the adventure of Leofur, the daughter of the malevolent sorcerer Arcannen, as she attempts to rescue her friend Chrysallin. The other, unsurprisingly, follows … Continue reading Book Review: “The Sorcerer’s Daughter” (Terry Brooks)
I've spent the last week struggling with the events of Orlando. Not since I was a teenager and fully realized the import of Matthew Shepard's death have I felt this way: angry, terrified, and deeply, ineffably sad. How is it possible, I find myself wondering, that in 2016 I should still feel like my life … Continue reading Weekly Rant: Being Queer as a Political Act
Hello, darlings. As is my wont, I am here to share some thoughts on Grindr, that app that is at once so repugnant and yet so utterly compelling. In the spirit of my last musing on this subject, I want to offer a few words of advice on how to behave appropriately on Grindr. Here, … Continue reading QSA #2: How Not to Be a Tool on Grindr (Part 1?)
If you've ever spent a minute on the popular gay hookup app Grindr, you know it's no secret that gay men love abs. Scores of shirtless pics jockey for position any time you open the app, each one trying to outdo the others in terms of the amount of abdominal definition on offer. And a casual perusal … Continue reading Why Do Gay Men Love Abs?
The short answer to the question leading this post is...yes. The long, and more complete, answer, requires quite a bit of explanation. In order to do so, I've decided to address each half of the descriptor (queer feminist) separately, while offering some concluding remarks that bring them together. As a queer man, I am always … Continue reading Can a Queer Feminist Enjoy Tolkien?
I recently taught Jennie Livingston's famous documentary Paris is Burning to a group of undergraduates. As I was watching the film, a number of realizations struck me at once: most of my students were not born when the film was released, let alone shot (1990 and the 1980s, respectively); the particular iteration of the subculture … Continue reading Mourning, Melancholy, and “Paris is Burning”
The Agony and the Ecstasy After finally getting the chance to watch last week's episode of American Horror Story, I have to admit that I was a little worried. The infamous clown was dead, the townspeople seemed to have finally accepted the freaks, and all seemed right with the world. And then tonight's episode happened, and all of … Continue reading “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Review: “Pink Cupcakes”
The other day, while going for my run around the neighborhood, I decided on a whim to go down a side street I had not explored before. While running, I happened to notice a rainbow flag hanging outside the back of a home. Curious, I ran by the front to see if there were any … Continue reading Why We Still Need Queer Communities