Featured Archive Post: Ng Suat Tong on Asumiko Nakamura’s Utsubora and pornography.

Me on 12 Years a Slave as torture porn.

Me on Nightjohn and slavery as educational uplift.

Chris Gavaler on apes, men, and (no) women.

Charles Reece on Octavia Butler and the virtues of species suicide.

Rahawa Haile on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and not necessarily rooting for the humans.

Qiana Whitted talked about Ross Campbell’s Wet Moon and ending comics series.

Kate Polak and I talked about violence and sexual violence in Garth Ennis’ “The Boys”
Utilitarians Everywhere

Bert Stabler posted this video directed by him and Matt Steinke to which I contributed the vocals of the evil plant brain thing.

At the Atlantic:

—I interviewed genocide scholar Adam Jones about misandry and discrimination against men.

—I interviewed Tressie McMillan Cottom about country rap, hick hop, race, and class.

At Salon I wrote about Gene Yuen Lang and Sonny Liew’s comic The Shadow Hero, and superheroes as assimilation fantasies.

At Esquire I wrote about:

the female Thor and why making legacy characters more diverse is a good thing.

black Captain America and what it means for a black superhero to enforce law and order.

At Splice Today I wrote about:

—how the Rolling Stones have sucked for a really long time, and wondered if that mattered to their World’s Greatest Band TM status.

—how the problem with Columbus is not cultural appropriation but cutting off people’s hands and raping 10 year olds

—copyright and Dream Another Dream, a new kickstarter funded collection of Winsor McCay tributes.

At the Chicago Reader I wrote briefly about Soundgarden and rock nostalgia for rock nostalgia.
Other Links

Osvaldo Oyola on the impossibility of the black superhero.

John McWhorter on cultural appropriation, or not.

On Slavoj Zizek plagiarism, and the logistic of superstar scholarship.

Julianne Ross on confused MRA memes.

Noah Gittell on nudity in OITNB.

Elias Light makes the case for Paul McCartney’s solo recordings. Interesting, if not convincing.

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