If I could synthesize my essence into a single phrase, I think it would be “well, this is awkward.”
Irony and authenticity are always tugging my brain in different directions. I’m an excitable, loud-mouthed nerd, who is compelled to temper everything they say with cynicism and just a teaspoon of morbidity.
Just think of me as the dullest Miyazaki film you’ve ever seen.
I’m 26, never lived anywhere but New York City, and have an innate revulsion toward doing things. I’m not very interesting, in other words. …
I was going through some drafts of stories I had begun writing earlier in the year. Some are several ‘minutes’ long, others are merely a title and subtitle.
One of these stories was four words long:
Needless to say, I was not “back” from that writing hiatus for long. Certainly not long enough to write the story itself.
I have no idea what the intention of the story was when I wrote those words. And I probably never will, because I never wrote it. …
**Part two of my series on The Handmaid’s Tale.**
At their core, the Sons of Jacob are not a religiously motivated group. They talk a big game, but their religiosity is ultimately a mask. Everyone in their society does what they want with the power that they have.
For every sentiment you see in a religious text, you can find a contradictory one to match it, so let’s investigate the society and see what they really care about.
The first thing that you see is that they are very interested in what women do with their lives, except they are…
Since I apparently specialize in befuddled rambling about infuriating, topical trans issues, it is my unfortunate duty to inform you that transphobia is a valid sexual orientation now.
Gott in Himmel.
I had my attention drawn to this *ahem* movement when Her Eminence Queen Contra of the House of Points, quote tweeted the following:
That’s right. They are attracted to the chromosomes. Don’t kink shame them!
In case you cannot tell, I find this claim — that attraction to cisgender people is the basis for a widespread hate-movement against heterosexual…
A few months back, I wrote an article about the creator of the YouTube channel Philosophy Tube, then presenting as a cis man, being cancelled on Twitter for making a joke that some perceived as transmisogynistic. Now, as apparently everyone in this quadrant of the galaxy knows, she has come out as a trans woman named Abigail Thorn.
She looks beautiful, and I am delighted to see her looking happy. Obviously.
Not a day after her coming out video was posted to her channel, I received polite and carefully crafted comments about how I probably ought to update the article…
I write this on the evening that Dustin Higgs is to be murdered by the federal government. I only learned his name a few hours ago, and the chill in my blood reminds me that having known it earlier might have made the slightest bit of difference.
According to Twitter, the white vans that signify that the prisoner is being taken to the execution chamber have just started up.
The death of Dustin Higgs signifies a record for the most federal executions committed by a single president in over a hundred years.
This is not a coincidence. Obviously. Like you…
When Elliot Page came out as trans a month ago, I felt about two seconds of joy for the person I knew would suddenly be feeling a lot more confident and happy with himself due to the announcement, followed by a prolonged period of dread when I realized I had not yet been on Twitter.
I think it’s wonderful that Page came out publicly, and their statement demonstrated an understanding of the context in which they were coming out.
Though he is AFAB and (seemingly?) white, Elliot Page recognized the extreme callousness with which we regard the lives of trans…
Being a writer is sometimes about compromise.
Most artists in our culture are held up to such unreasonable standards that anything less than constant and tireless dedication to one’s craft is painted as laziness. What people do not seem to get is that loving one’s art does not have to translate into obsessive, borderline destructive, sole attention to that art.
We have lives outside of our art, after all. Aspirations that are not strictly tied to our art but are no less parts of us that need to be served if we are to be happy.
Or even survive.
Celeste had been in the town of Virgil for just a few months. She was well-integrated into the GracePoint Church community, and could make out the vague outline of a core group of people. The Church itself was a single long room that might look like a camp cabin if the high-slotted windows didn’t render the rooms so dark. The rows of benches curved around the center of the room and this core group always occupied the front row during services. As though blocking the main community from Pastor Amity.
Celeste knew that she would have to become part of…
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that not being the subject of childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment is not a shoo-in for perfect relationships with family. Even loving the individual members of your family and worrying about their well-being does not mean that you will enjoy their company all the time.
I’ve learned a little something about bad blood in the family. And now that we’re in the midst of the holiday season, my lessons are being put to the test yet again.
So as a refresher course for me, and maybe a source of good advice for…
Shain is a screenwriter and screenplay editor. For more content, follow their blog and check out their YouTube channel, TimeCapsule.