Remembering Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett, renowned for writing hilarious stuff (particularly the Discworld books) has sadly passed away. As a sort of In Memoriam thing, I thought it might be cool to talk about some of his characters, particularly the girls and women given the venue. Here are some thoughts I have as someone who’s read several (but […]

A Thursday Interruption: Re: Rosas

Beyonce’s choreography in “Countdown” received a lot of criticism; Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker accused Bey of plagiarizing the routine… and of doing so poorly!   Ouch. Here’s Rosas Danst Rosas, which is stunning in its anger. And here’s “Countdown” which is stunning in its utter sass. I find conversations like this fascinating, because I think there’s […]

Into the Woods: The Agony of Rapunzel’s Prince

I just saw Into the Woods. I’ve loved the musical for ages, and have been agonizing about its transition to screen. Fortunately, I think the changes from stage to screen have nicely updated some aspects of the original I struggled with. The movie cuts out a couple songs intrinsic to the plot of the original musical. […]

A Thursday Interruption: Queens Galore!

Sorry for my long sabbactical, my doves! It’s been a hectic few months, with some health stuff and personal drama, but I’d like to kick this new year off with some sweet jams. Here’s hoping this new year brings us all some much needed joy and happiness.

Hobby Lobby Fallout: Now Religious Belief Trumps Child Welfare

Remember that Hobby Lobby ruling, and how one of the problems listed in the dissent was how widely its precedent could allow “sincere religious belief” to be deployed as an unwarranted shield? And remember how there was a widespread no, no it just affects this one case. (That one was already false long before this […]

Quick Example: The Value of Humanisation

So during the Q&A part of Orphan Black’s Comic-Con panel, a girl called Taylor stood up and demonstrated in epic fashion why it really matters whether characters of marginalised identities are represented and humanised: Both transcript and video (Taylor’s bit starts at about 1 minute 50). I was going to try and say something to […]