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It Gets Better: The Evolution of "Queer TV"

It Gets Better: The Evolution of "Queer TV"

IN 2000, three years before anti-sodomy laws were struck down in Lawrence v. Texas, Queer As Folk premiered on Showtime. At the time, The New York Times’ Caryn James wrote, “never before has a mai...

Irritated Critics

Irritated Critics

THE ESSENTIAL ELLEN WILLIS sprung to life because of a remark by an irritated critic (is there any other kind?) in this very publication. At the end of her review of Out of the Vinyl Deeps, the excell...

Fake Places: The Work of Edie Fake

Fake Places: The Work of Edie Fake

AN OBSERVER glancing quickly around the Bridgeport coffee shop on Chicago’s South Side where we meet to talk could easily overlook comics artist Edie Fake. He is small in frame, with dark hair and a...

From Long March to Leftovers

From Long March to Leftovers

CHINA IS NOW FACING an unprecedented female shortage, thanks to its 30-plus-year-old “one-child” policy and a cultural preference for sons, a volatile combination that has led to sex-selective abo...

A One Woman Army

A One Woman Army

 Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the g...

America’s Silver Age

America’s Silver Age

FOR OVER 50 YEARS, black-and-white versions of Silver Age Wonder Woman were all we had. The full-impact, late-1950s adventures of America’s favorite superheroine have lain dormant since original pub...

Feminism and Comics

Feminism and Comics

TWO RECENT COMICS anthologies, The Big Feminist But and Anything That Loves, set out to explore ways in which the feminist and LGBTQX rights movements may have dropped the ball on dismantling sex and ...

Perfect Strangers: Tinder and 21st Century Fiction

Perfect Strangers: Tinder and 21st Century Fiction

IT'S SEPTEMBER, sweater weather in the Hollywood Hills. I’m a little drunk and walking down Highland with a friend, feeling dreamy after M83’s starry-eyed synth-rock set at the Hollywood Bowl. New...

Looking for the Light

Looking for the Light

 Vasilisa knows enough to know that not every question needs to be asked, that not every question has a good answer. And Vasilisa walks out of Baba Yaga’s place completely unscathed. She walks out ...