Tillie Talk: ‘Are You Listening’, Trauma, and Queer-Time

The title of Tillie Walden’s sixth graphic novel is a question: Are You Listening? For eighteen-year-old runaway Bea and her twenty-seven-year-old neighbour, Lou, answering that question is a complicated matter. The two women are in states of transition. Both literally, Bea and Lou are road tripping across Texas to Houston, and figuratively, they are in… Continue reading Tillie Talk: ‘Are You Listening’, Trauma, and Queer-Time

did Carly Rae Jepsen write ‘Dedicated’ and ‘Dedicated Side B’ about ‘I’ll Give You The Sun?’

Yes. At face value Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2019 album, Dedicated, and 2020 album-length EP, Dedicated Side B, may appear to be perfect complementary objects for Jandy Nelson’s 2014 YA novel, I’ll Give You The Sun. But I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. They’re more than that. I’m here to tell you that Dedicated… Continue reading did Carly Rae Jepsen write ‘Dedicated’ and ‘Dedicated Side B’ about ‘I’ll Give You The Sun?’

are animal sidekicks the hidden villains of the Barbie films?

Obviously, the answer is: YES. I would like to begin by reiterating that the Barbie franchise is inherently good, and I won’t hear any criticism on that front. That being said, SOME of the movies are most definitely NOT good. Obviously, the early fantasy-based films are the best, but there is one universal underlying problem… Continue reading are animal sidekicks the hidden villains of the Barbie films?

a close reading of a passage from ‘The Goldfinch’ that makes me feel insane

Look, Theo Decker is gay. Listen, Theo Decker is not happy about the fact that he’s gay. Or more precisely, he’s not at a place where he’s willing to accept his sexuality (we’ve all been there). He’s a tangled knot of trauma and grief, written in such a specific way that I feel like our… Continue reading a close reading of a passage from ‘The Goldfinch’ that makes me feel insane