August 1, 2018

# I asked a lot of people what had been the highlight of the conference for them, and everybody gave the same two answers. Most people mentioned the worship services first. I totally agree. I don’t cry, y’all–even the first ten minutes of Up just make me misty–but I was wiping away tears during the final worship service. To see all these people who had worshiped and praised our God for years, for decades, in churches where they didn’t know… Read more

July 31, 2018

Hello! I’m back from Revoice, it was amazing!!!, more on that in a bit. I gave the first keynote address and it was uh… let’s just say I was revising it literally minutes before I stepped up to the mic. So it was even more chaotic than my usual. But it touched on what I think is ultimately the central issue for gay Christians–and all Christians–and so I’d like to try to give you a more coherent presentation here. Because… Read more

July 22, 2018

Man, remember how I said Anna Karenina was the most heterosexual novel I’d ever read? I must have forgotten this bristly little gem. Heroes and Villains is relatively early Carter, from 1969 (see here for some notes on her first and last novels). It tells the story of Marianne, a Professor’s daughter who lives in a literal ivory(-colored) tower, and Jewel, the Barbarian she first encounters as he’s killing her brother. It’s a fairy tale and a piece of Bible… Read more

July 17, 2018

for America magazine: If I had to sell you “Sorry to Bother You,” the corporate satire/horror film from writer and director Boots Riley, I would say it’s like if “Brazil” starred the lead in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Or should I say it’s like “Get Out” with a touch of “BoJack Horseman”? Like “The Stuff,” but with slavery instead of killer yogurt? If all these mashups give the impression of a disjointed, howling, passionate and sharply observed adventure that skids… Read more

July 13, 2018

…Sorry for the title. Anyway, since I am backward in all things, I waited until the end of June to watch some films about lgbt lives. In order of when I watched them. Transamerica: This movie made me think a bit about the difference between stereotypical characters and iconic ones. I think Julia Serrano may even name this movie specifically in Whipping Girl when she’s talking about the tropes filmmakers use to distance their audience from trans characters: The very… Read more

July 13, 2018

Back in high school I’m not sure I read any author as obsessively as I read Angela Carter. I gobbled everything I could get my hands on. I loved her ferocity, her voracity, that hedonistic prose, reading her is like eating cake with too much frosting, it smears all over your face. (She overworked comma splices the way I abuse semicolons. The comma splice is the grammatical form of rush and ecstasy, headlong and greedy, each phrase spilling out of its… Read more

July 8, 2018

for AmCon: When Leslie Jamison realized she had to quit drinking, she was also giving up on everything she’d ever been taught about literature. By the time Jamison took her last drink (so far), she had been taught by the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and by most of her mentors and professors, a credo totally opposite from what she was learning in her 12-Step recovery. Lit culture prized originality, but AA scorned “terminal uniqueness,” the false belief that you alone cannot… Read more

June 29, 2018

(Title via Dorothy Allison.) Carriers: How long can you sustain pre-apocalyptic morals in a post-apocalyptic world? Carriers is a surprisingly heartfelt and effective plague tale. Its turning point isn’t all that well-thought-through (a kid will poop where you want them to if you wait long enough, I’m just saying), but the characters’ relationships work, the backstory comes out with surprising suspense and naturalness, and the sun-soaked setting makes the despair and violence more real. A horror film that’s also about… Read more

June 29, 2018

which I review for the American Interest: Many of our most formative experiences—the extremes of pain or joy, moments of terror or sexual ecstasy—can’t be represented within the conventions of so-called realism. In his new film Jeanette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc, writer-director Bruno Dumont (Outside Satan, Hadewijch) attempts to bring his audience inside two of these most personal and disorienting forms of experience: childhood, in which we have not yet learned what to expect from ordinary life; and religious vision,… Read more

June 29, 2018

In March, James Schwab quit ICE because he didn’t want to repeat his superiors’ distortions of the truth. “I told them that the information was wrong,” he said. “They asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that.” In April, Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts quit his post at the Montana Department of Labor rather than help deport undocumented workers. And a couple weeks ago, Antar Davidson quit ICE when he was told he could not allow sobbing children to hug one… Read more

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