Featured Archive Post: Travis Reynolds on comics gutters.
Kinukitty on bisexuality, reading yaoi, and the closet. (Part of our ongoing reposting of the Gay Utopia.)
I asked folks to list the best music of the year so far, a request that was for the most part met with indifference. Oh well; they can’t all be gems.
Ng Suat Tong on David B’s “Incidents in the Night” and the dream of books.
Osvaldo Oyola tells me why I should like the Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil more.
Kailyn Kent on service and Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
Michael A. Johnson on Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?, Almodavar’s All About My Mother, and weeping at comics.
Me on fantasy dragons and real romance in Laura Kinsale’s For My Lady’s Heart.
At the Atlantic I wrote about:
— students who do sex work, and how they’re not all the same.
— Ms. Marvel and the tradition of superhero assimilation fantasies.
At the Dissolve I wrote about the vile misogynist pile of crap that is How To Be a Man.
At Salon I had a list of songs for the coming nuclear apocalypse.
At Splice Today:
— I argue that sexuality can sometimes be a choice.
— I sneered at Jonathan Chait for kicking his less fortunate colleagues.
The study guide I worked on for Rick Riordan’s Lost Hero is online at Shmoop.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is skeptical of liberal outrage at Paul Ryan.
Alyssa Rosenberg kicks off her blog at the Washington Post with a statement of purpose re: writing about pop culture.
Tucker Stone lists the 25 best albums of 2013.
Standardized tests are an off-shoot of eugenics.
Julia Carrie Wong on journalists mining the twitter accounts of Women of Color.