Keeper Shelf: Inda by Sherwood Smith

Squee from the Keeper Shelf is a feature wherein we share why we love the books we love, specifically the stories which are permanent residents of our Keeper shelves. Despite flaws, despite changes in age and perspective, despite the passage of time, we love particular books beyond reason, and the only thing better than re-reading […]

Historical Romances, an Emotional Contemporary, & More

The Other Daughter RECOMMENDED: The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig is $1.99! This is historical fiction with romantic elements and Redheadedgirl gave it an A: I like Willig’s writing a lot. It’s not complex; it’s kind of like the hot chocolate of prose. It’s smooth, and it’s classic. That may sound kind of like damning with faint praise, […]

Playing for Ralph Ellison’s Little Man at Chehaw Station

Ralph Ellison For the agnostics and atheists among us, there is no divine force dictating our paths. We are only that which we decide, individually and collectively, and can achieve with our own intellect. The human body has natural limitations. And coincidence is merely coincidence. But every so often, I’m confronted with seemingly unconnected factoids […]

Romance Wanderlust: Living at the Library

This month’s Romance Wanderlust is all about potential. The apartments in the New York City Public Library’s branches aren’t romantic NOW. But just think what some spackling and mold-killer could do. These are fixer-uppers for the win. As ever, this column reflects a lot of Googling and no hands on research, so it’s neither a […]

Lewd and Ludic: the Stampography of Vincent Sardon

“Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon…” That’s a quote from the 6th Doctor in British Sci-Fi series Doctor Who, and it sounds a rather fitting for the transition Ubuntu is  moving through. ‘Ubuntu had to make some kind of change to keep pace with wider technology trends’ <p>Like everyone else, I was shocked when Canonical decided to <a href="; […]

Poldark 3.07

“How is it suddenly 5 a.m.?!” <p class="wpematico_credit"><small>Powered by <a href="; target="_blank">WPeMatico</a></small></p> ” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignright wp-image-65422″ src=”; alt=”Poldark Season 3 poster” width=”246″ height=”348″/>Previously: Ross is an idiot, Whitworth is disgusting, and Aggie died. D and Ross visit Aggie’s grave, which is marked by a simple wooden cross. D is aghast and disgusted that Aggie […]

Puerto Rico’s DIY Disaster Relief

Molly Crabapple, 2017 A woman relaxes in the Centro de Apoyo Mutuo in Caguas, which feeds hundreds of people every day. The black and white Puerto Rican flag behind her symbolizes opposition to US-government imposed austerity. In the first decade of the twentieth century, Luisa Capetillo walked through the mountains of Puerto Rico’s Cordillera Central. […]

The Wholesome Yet Filthy Comedy of Katya and Trixie

Katya Zamolodchikova and Trixie Mattel. Because we haven’t figured out how to actually solve the various things happening in our country, for now we’re relying pretty heavily on humor. Contemporary political humor has many forms, but it’s the takedowns that get far and way the most attention. This has created an odd climate in which […]

Contributor Picks: Doomed Bohemians and Death Masks

In place of our staff picks this week, we’ve asked six contributors from our Fall issue to write about what they’re reading, watching, listening to, and enjoying.  Still from Personal Shopper. In his films, Olivier Assayas often makes use of reflective surfaces: glass walls, windows, mirrors, screens, Hollywood stars. His distinctive recipe seems to be mixing them with […]

Narcissism and Pleasure: An Interview with Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, still from Privilege, 1990, 16mm, 103 minutes. © Yvonne Rainer. Courtesy of Video Data Bank,, School of Chicago. The following is excerpted from Interviews on Art, a collection of more than sixty interviews by Robert Storr with contemporary artists. Yvonne Rainer is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker who has been recognized as one of the leading […]

273. Sex Toys, Self Love, and Erotic Romance: A Very Bawdy Podcast with Thien-Kim Lam

Grab your earbuds for this one. Nancy C suggested this interview in the comments to a recent episodes, and I’d been eager to set one up as well because, well, several reasons. Today I’m talking with Thien-Kim Lam, founder and owner of the Bawdy Bookworms subscription box service, which pairs erotic romance with sex toys […]

What’s in a T-Shirt?

Kristin-Lee Moolman & IB Kamara/The Museum of Modern Art, New York Photograph by Kristin-Lee Moolman & IB Kamara showing Pierre Cardin’s space age Cosmos collection, the Swatch watch, and YSL Touche Éclat interpreted for “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” 2017  “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” is the Museum of Modern Art’s first fashion exhibition in over seventy years. Borrowing its name from the museum’s […]

Russia’s Gay Demons

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen Riverhead, 515 pp., $28.00 Masha Gessen; drawing by Siegfried Woldhek Early in Vladimir Putin’s first presidency I spoke to a Moscow banker, with reason to care on this point, who said he detected no trace of anti-Semitism in Putin personally, but that Putin would […]