First off I'd like to draw your attention to this novel on Previews:

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law - risking exile - to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia is a Warbringer - a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

That sounds like an interesting take Diana's origin with this Alia in place of Steve... I will read it!

This is also an interesting take on Wonder Woman's origin (Supergirl doing a comic for June Moone's art class in DC Superhero Girls: Out of the Bottle #2).

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Donald Trump is known for his weird, ego-boosting, overly-aggressive handshakes but he may have met his match with French President Emmanuel Macron. The latter was presumably briefed about said hand assaults ahead of their meeting in Brussels on Thursday because he came prepared. Rather than let [insert insult here] get the upper hand, Macron forcefully squeezed and refused to let go. “My handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent,”

“My handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent,” Macron told the Journal du Dimanche. “That’s how you ensure you are respected. You have to show you won’t make small concessions–not even symbolic ones.” Well played. (via Jezebel)

That’s it on my end. What did you find, friends?


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This weekend, Ivanka Trump followed in her father’s footsteps in that proud family tradition of saying really obtuse things on Twitter.

In general, it’s not a great idea for companies and brands to get political with their social media accounts. Even with the best intentions–which they don’t have to begin with most of the time–when companies tweet about political or otherwise impactful topics, it inevitably comes across as making light or trying to profit off of important issues. And that’s no different for the company that is Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump is having a difficult time separating herself the human from herself the brand. Sure, she’s quite possibly the most powerful woman in the country and an official government employee, but she’s also the face of a lifestyle brand, complete with constant concerns over the ethics of maintaining that brand. So it’s disappointing, but not exactly surprising, that her official blog tweeted out this completely dense Memorial Day message:

Ivanka Trump HQ is the “official Twitter of #TeamIvanka,” which sells itself on “Inspiring and empowering women to create the lives they want to live.” And apparently the lives Trump thinks women want to live involves honoring those who died serving in the armed forces with champagne popsicles.

Sure, over at her own personal page, Ivanka had an intern craft this nice tweet:


Funny that that doesn’t actually do anything to wash away the ickiness of the President’s daughter and main advisor using (or rather, ignoring) fallen soldiers to shill the lifestyle blog that bears her name and sells her dresses.

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29 May 2017

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Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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It’s easy to get caught up in Memorial Day being about a three-day weekend and stores having big sales, but Memorial Day is a day when we remember and honor the brave men and women who’ve given their lives in service of the United States through their participation in our nation’s military. No matter what your political leanings, or what your opinions on how best to support our military, those who choose to serve our country and die as a result, as well as their families, deserve our utmost respect.

This being The Mary Sue, I’d love to put some focus on the women of our nation’s military. Obviously, every life lost in armed conflict is one life too many. However, women’s contributions in this sphere (like so many others), too often gets erased or overlooked, so we’d like to do our part to make sure that these brave and selfless women get the recognition they deserve.

The Federation of American Scientists has done a really thorough study of military deaths and those wounded in action across all our nation’s armed conflicts. Some recent statistics (as of April 2017)? 110 female soldiers have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom (89 Army, 10 Navy, 8 Marines, 3 Air Force). We’ve lost 50 female soldiers so far in Operation Enduring Freedom, or our ongoing conflict in Afghanistan (36 Army, 4 Navy, 2 Marines, 8 Air Force).

For a more historical perspective, Makers highlights some of the first brave women to contribute to our military, as despite what history classes (or Hollywood war movies) might have you believe, women have always been involved in military operations, many giving their lives in the process. You can also get your history on by going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole.

So, how can we honor these women today? Well, for starters, check out the site for The Women’s Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. It’s “the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history.” It’s not just a site-specific memorial either. It’s also a museum that has special and permanent exhibits featuring artifacts, books, and film screenings in an attempt to make sure that women’s contributions to the military are never overlooked. If you believe in that mission, their site has a donate button. Consider using it today.

Want to honor the families of those who’ve given their lives? Check out the National Gold Star Family Registry, where you can not only look up and thank the families of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice, but you can also check out their list of organizations devoted to helping those left behind.

And to those of you mourning a loved one today, we are with you and support you this Memorial Day. Thank you for your sacrifice, and we here at TMS hope to continue to work toward a world that not only respects and takes care of our servicemen and women, but prioritizes peace so that we don’t have to continue losing our best and brightest, and we can someday bring them all home.

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Vanity Fair pushed out a ton of Star Wars: The Last Jedi news last week, and we were predictably preoccupied with Carrie Fisher’s (and Leia’s) place in all of it. We already know that The Last Jedi didn’t need any changes after her death, but that Episode IX had to basically start over from scratch. The burning question that leaves us with is, “Will Luke and Leia ever get an on-screen reunion?”

They were practically assured to get one by the time the current trilogy of movies ended, but a complete rewrite of IX throws that all into question—at least until we see The Last Jedi, which will give us the answer. The Force Awakens raised more questions than it answered, which was one of the more frustrating aspects of it, since so many of the questions raised ahead of the movie’s release went unanswered by they end. It certainly took its sweet time bringing Luke Skywalker back into the mix, saving him for one final scene, wherein he didn’t even speak and barely moved.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see how Last Jedi could put off bringing the Skywalker twins back together, and Lucasfilm’s commitment to taking their time in laying out these storylines could now cause it to never happen at all. They won’t tell us one way or the other at this point, either, with a Lucasfilm executive explicitly correcting fans on the impression that he’d given away a Last Jedi reunion for the two characters.

At Comic Con Chile, Pablo Hidalgo, a creative executive at Lucasfilm, commented on the characters coming back together, leading to reports that he’d confimed a scene between the two in the movie. However, he took to social media to correct the record and make it clear that he was speaking about the Vanity Fair shoot that had the two characters together, but he wouldn’t confirm or deny anything about whether that’s indicative of what happens on-screen in The Last Jedi.

We hope that’s because it does happen and he just wants to keep us in suspense—even if they just look meaningfully at each other at the end of the movie like Luke and Rey in TFA—because we don’t think we could handle the disappointment of the alternative.

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29 May 2017

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No one fights Laura for the television, though Kurt dares to watch with her.

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Last week, an act of domestic terrorism took the lives of two Americans and badly injured a third, when three men–Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky John Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher–defended two female passengers on a Portland MAX train from a known white supremacist shouting hate speech at them.

As much of the country was mourning the sacrifice made by those men, and worried over the implications of a horrific act of racist violence in a city as famously liberal as Portland, Oregon, Donald Trump tweeted over 20 times. And yet, despite how vocal he so often is when it comes to acts of terrorism, none of those tweets were about this incident. He ranted about fake news, and tweeted about the G7 summit and Memorial Day, but it wasn’t until Monday morning that he tweeted a brief reaction from the official, lesser-used POTUS account.

In a powerful letter posted to his Facebook page prior to that tweet, Real News legend Dan Rather called on Trump to acknowledge these men and say their names, “or even just tweet them.” He writes, “They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.”

The word “terrorist” is rarely applied to situations like these, when a white man targets people of color. Rather, their actions are deemed hate crimes, indicating they stand alone, rather than exist as part of a larger, widespread network of racist and xenophobic violence. The targeting of people of color by American white men is nothing new and certainly nothing isolated. Two months ago, a young white man used a sword to kill Timothy Caughman, a randomly chosen black man in New York, as “practice” for a larger attack against black men. Just last week, a member of a Nazi Facebook group stabbed and killed Richard Collins III, a black college student in Maryland.

All of these perpetrators were active in larger online communities, bolstered now by a president who places actual Nazis in his cabinet and encourages race-based violence at public events. White supremacists clearly feel a growing legitimacy, which the current administration is doing exactly nothing to combat. Trump (or, let’s be real, one of his aides) tweets a quick praise of people standing up to “hate and intolerance,” when his presidency is based on stoking the flames of racial hatred and intolerance. A refusal to call attacks on POC what they are–terrorism–is only sending a message that the perpetrators of violence are more deserving of respect than their victims.

Rather addresses the way in which radicalized Islamic terrorism is a talking point Trump knows how to sell, but radicalized white supremacy doesn’t even seem to exist in his mind. “This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House,” he writes. “They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a ‘radical Islamic terrorist.’ They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. That man seems to have a public record of ‘extremist ideology’ – a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau.”

“This ‘extremism’ may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn’t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of ‘extremism’ is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.”

He goes on to write that maybe Portland isn’t of much concern to Trump because it epitomizes so much of what he rails against. It’s a liberal, coastal sanctuary city. “But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next.”

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Trigger Warning: Rape

I spent my university years wondering if I had "missing time"! So this title is sort of the story of my life. I always used to read scary, true-life UFO books. It's something I've been researching, as it were, since I was about eight. This wonderful, original American mythology -- like jazz is an original American nform. -- Paul Cornell

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So a bunch of things went down on American Gods last night, but who are we kidding? The only thing we really must discuss is Gillian Anderson and how she and I are getting married.

It will be a spring wedding, and you’re all invited. OK, OK, fine, let’s quickly recap what occurred during the 5th episode, “Lemon Scented You,” a line spoken by no less than … my betrothed, Gillian Anderson. ANYWAY. Spoilers ahoy.

After the cool puppet opening “Coming to America,” Shadow and Laura had their long-awaited reunion (seriously I’ve been waiting for this scene since the beginning of April when I got the see the first four eps). It was—interesting, in that way that only American Gods can pull off. Most other shows might make the reunion of a man with his adulterous dead wife more dramatic, but it was quite understated, almost matter-of-fact. Shadow quizzes Laura on what happened between her and Robbie, etc., with the calm stoic coolness that marks his reactions to Gods wielding blood-drenched hammers and getting to pocket the moon. At this point I guess he’s seen so much he’s totally unfazed by the sight of zombie wife waiting for him. I enjoy their dynamic and I’m curious to see where this will go now.

Shadow and Wednesday get taken in by the cops for their bank robbery, thanks to Mr. World. The mysterious Mr. World is played by Crispin Glover, who is not as cool as Gillian Anderson, but close. Glover always manages to be creepy and menacing with a disturbing side of charming. He’s perfect for the part of this particular bad guy, and his New God team of Technical Boy and Media make for a viciously charismatic line-up. Even Technical Boy had his moment when apologizing to Shadow: “We’re in a weird place racially in this country right now and I don’t want to add to that climate of hatred.” You’re goddamned right.

And really all that’s left to discuss is two ridiculously stellar performances by Gillian Anderson. We’d already seen and admired her David Bowie, but last night she also transformed into a pitch-perfect Marilyn Monroe. While Marilyn Monroe could never have knocked Technical Boy on his ass with the mere force of a blown kiss, Gillian Anderson can do anything. Which is why I’m marrying her.

But enough about my forthcoming nuptials. What’d you think about last night’s show?

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A continuation of the series, you can catch part one here.

What I love about the Bentonville Film Festival is that it celebrates diversity both on-screen and behind the camera. I have never seen so many unique storytellers in one place, and it gives me hope to think that these creators represent the future of the industry. I had a chance to talk with quite a few of them about the movies they made, and I’m proud to share snippets of those conversations with you now. So without further adieu …

Mothers in the Middle

Directed by Lauren Hollingsworth, this documentary centers on five working mothers who are trying to juggle parenting with demanding jobs while also making major life decisions.

“I realized very quickly, first of all, that nobody has the answers,” Hollingsworth said of the film. “It is incredibly hard to be a working parent and there’s a lot of issues, a lot of big challenges that women are facing and they’re facing it alone. I don’t feel like we are talking to each other very much about our problems. I feel like we’re always putting up a front.”

When asked why she thinks women put of a front, she told me, “I think failure is a sign of weakness. I work in Hollywood. It’s a boy’s club. At least in my business, it’s really important to show everybody that you’re strong. If you wanna get ahead, you have to project that. And I think in any career, a working woman has to have a tough exterior because people will just not promote you if you don’t.”

Learn more about the film here.

In Search of Fellini

This drama is about a girl named Lucy who hails from a small town in Ohio. She has always loved movies and after discovering the work of Federico Fellini, she sets off on an adventure to Italy to find him.

The film was co-written by Simpsons alum  Nancy Cartwright, who told me it’s loosely based on her own life. “I was in an acting class, this was pre-Simpsons, and I was studying one film that was directed by [Fellini] called La Strada and something about the film intrigued me.” She tried to turn the film into a play and when she couldn’t get the rights, she booked it to Italy.

The film, which was directed  Taron Lexton and stars Lost Girl’s Ksenia Solo, took 20 years to make. It’s proof that it’s never too late to finish that idea that’s been floating around in your head. Head here for more info.

Parker’s Anchor

Winner of BFF’s Best Narrative by Audience Award

This drama centers on a woman named Kristal whose plans for marriage and a family fall apart. She finds herself back in her hometown rethinking her life. She soon discovers that you’re never really starting over and that everything happens for a reason.

“Fertility is not the end of the story and that is a hopeful message,” co-writer, producer and lead actress Jennica Schwartzman said of her film. “No matter what happens in life, even though things will fall apart and you will be blamed, that doesn’t change what the next chapter will be about. I hope that we’re giving some encouragement for what you do next. ”

Co-writer, producer and actor Ryan Schwartzman added: “[It’s about] finding that strength to move forward when your life falls apart. Once you can get past that brokenness,  family can help lift you up. There is another chapter.”

Find more about the film here.

Pure Country, Pure Heart

This film comes from WWE Studios and stars Willie Nelson, Broadway actor Laura Bell Bundy, Kaitlyn Bausch, Amanda Detmer,  WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels and more. “Essentially it’s about two sisters whose father dies in a wreck and they know nothing about him because their mom won’t talk about him,” director Damon Santostefano explained.

“It explores issues that women deal with all the time,” added producer Patty Reed. You can find more about the film here.

Quality Problems

From filmmakers Brooke Purdy and Doug Purdy comes the story of a family that goes through regular family problems and one of them happens to have breast cancer. Loosely based on real events, this one is actually a comedy. “It’s really just a week in the life of a regular family with some heightened problems but they get through it with laughter,” Brooke Purdy told me.

Producer and co-editor Jen Prince added: “As female filmmakers, and I think males too who write female characters, the feedback often hlikableble are they, how sympathetic are they. That’s always when you’re showing a script. And that was one thing by us, and I would encourage people to think about, is we’re not evaluating is [our lead character] likable. She’s being real. We’re not afraid to show the arguing and the laughing.”

Head here for more info about the film.

The Archer


Director Valerie Weiss describes it as a “feminist action movie” that is basically “Thelma and Louise meets First Blood.”

“It’s a buddy love story between these two women whoa re in the wilderness prison.” The prison is for-profit institution similar to what you’d find in the real life story from Kids for Cash in which two judges received $2.8 million for sending thousands of kids to jail. In this film, lead character Lauren Pierce (Bailey Noble) goes to jail for what was essentially self-defense and she meets fellow inmate Rebecca. After realizing how terrible this place is, they decide to break out. They are then hunted down, First Blood style, by the warden (who is a bow hunter) and his son.

Learn more about it here.

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This one is an anti-love story from filmmakers Renée Felice Smith and  C. A. Gabriel about two people who decide to go together on a friendship and things get weird.

“We are very interested in the germination of these relationships, how they get started. Nowadays, it seems like everyone rushes into it and then we have these high-speed romances,” Smith told me. “There’s like three or four days where it’s really amazing and then they both fall off the face of the Earth to each other and they never see each other again. So that’s kind of what we wanted to explore.”

So what happens next is that the lead characters go through the stages of a long-term relationship over the span of three days. The film also features a band called “Fuck Dragons,” a hip-hop duo whose members got together in high school and college. There’s a funny opening sequence in which someone no-shows and then Matt [Bush] is forced to perform by himself.

Head here to find more about this out-of-the-box romcom.


This harrowing drama is based on a real place in North Carolina called Corral Riding Academy which pairs victims of sex trafficking with horses that have been abused so they both learn to trust again. One of the things to keep in mind about this story is that it’s inspired by girls who were underage and due to the sensitivity of their situations, filmmakers needed to find a way to present these stories without compromising their identities.

Screenwrtier Bonné Bartron was asked to write the script in five days and make it G-rated and was able to after being inspired by what she saw at the Academy.  “Sex trafficking is so prevalent [in America] and we don’t usually hear about it. That’s the crazy thing, is we usually hear about it overseas. But here, we have thousands and thousands of kids that go missing and thousands and thousands of reported sex-trafficking cases reported. And we don’t talk about it and because we don’t talk about it, that’s how victims happen.”

Find more about the film here.

Vegas Baby

This documentary from Amanda Micheli follows a Las Vegas fertility clinic which holds an annual contest in which winners receive free fertility treatment.

“People don’t talk about [infertility] so a lot of times, the advice that you get is a little insensitive.” When working with distributors and people who would potentially fund the movie, she was often told it wasn’t an important issue. “And I think that’s partly just because women’s health is considered less important than general health. But this affects people from all walks of life.”

The film itself lets viewers draw their own conclusions, but Micheli is very open about her own personal political beliefs. “I think, right now for me, the biggest priority is to have access to a safe and legal abortion and prenatal care, and I think infertility is lower down the list but I think it’s important to be a part of the conversation. If you look at some of the legislation that’s being put forward right now, a lot of it that’s “pro-life” to prevent abortions also will prevent IVF. And there’s a lot of people who that’s the only way they can have a biological family.”

For more information on the film, head here.

Wexford Plaza

Set in a dilapidated strip mall in suburban Toronto, this dark comedy follows a lonely female security guard who has a misunderstood sexual encounter with a male makeup salesman. “It’s kind of like a comedy of errors and becomes a bit farcical because of all the misunderstandings that happen,” director Joyce Wong explained. “I wanted to tell a female-centric story about mixed signals because that’s something everyone can relate to.”

When it comes to telling a story about a woman, it helps to have a woman behind the scenes calling the shots. “Even with some of the people working on the film, they weren’t really able to understand the female gaze and the female perspective. So it was really important to be one of the producers on it because I had ultimate say over creative.”

And despite her prominent role, Wong sometimes finds herself shrinking in order to not cause a ruckus. “Especially at some of the film festivals that I’ve been to. I don’t want to seem like the gaze police or the aggressive bitch so I have to play some sort of cold, neutral thing.” The film marks her feature debut and one of the things she learned is “just being authentic with your intentions” because that’s when “people will respect you the most.”

To find out where you can catch the film, head here.

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For John F. Kennedy's centennial, here is a repost:

WHAT IF (Vol 1) #4 is one of the few stories (if not the only story) that turned out to be part of the "actual history" of the Marvel Universe. And it involves John F. Kennedy almost getting replaced by a robot.

A robot duplicate of the senatorial candidate! )

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Never let it be said that Victor von Doom is anything less than a man of his word.

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Brooklyn-based Arcana Obscura, which specializes in jewelry “for the weird at heart,” makes pieces that are esoteric, inspired, and unerringly beautiful. Now emerges a necklace that signifies resistance to Trump and his ilk, with half the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. This is a win-win situation.

I’ve spent many an hour gazing longingly at the Arcana Obscura Instagram feed, which is how I saw plans for the necklace. Arcana Obscura is a one-woman operation run by Kate Hockstein, and Hockstein was energized to create in response to the Trump administration’s comic book villain-worthy healthcare plan:

When I was growing up, my great aunt wore a tiny gold hanger on a chain around her neck that always provoked commentary. “How adorable,” people would say. “Does that mean that you love clothes and shopping?” With great calmness and clarity, she would explain what the hanger signified: a symbol of the pre-legal abortion past, when women often died or were mutilated by back-alley procedures, including the use of hangers. Her necklace was meant to remind us of a time that we must never go back to. Not only did I learn from the necklace the deep importance of protecting women’s reproductive rights, but it taught me a lesson in proudly wearing visible symbols to spark conversation and evoke history. Needless to say, I have an abiding interest in protest jewelry.

I reached out to Hockstein to ask her to keep me apprised on the necklace, and lo, it has appeared. “A tattooed forearm & fist raised in peaceful protest, cast in solid sterling silver and hung on a stainless steel ball chain.” I adore the messaging here so very much.

IMG_022050% of the sales from every resistance necklace go to Planned Parenthood, and until this evening (5/29), 20% of the price of any jewelry purchased via Arcana Obscura’s website or Etsy shop will also be donated. This means that if you find Hockstein’s creations as badass as I do, today’s the day to order. To wit:

Skulls. Snakes. Eyes. More skulls. 🌿🌿

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I love nothing so much as a fine ring, but before discovering Arcana Obscura I’d never heard the word “taphophile,” or what Wikipedia defines as “Tombstone tourist (otherwise known as a “cemetery enthusiast”), describes an individual who has a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries, epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art, and history of (famous) deaths.” I didn’t know there was a word for my delight in exploring old cemeteries, let alone a class of people like me! Hockstein’s taphophile ring shows a skull with outstretched wings, a design popular with 17th-century Puritan stonecarvers. I’m kind of obsessed with it.

Visit Arcana Obscura if you love skulls, swords, scarabs, snakes and sacred symbols. And if you want to wear your protest against this administration around your neck while giving to an incredibly important cause, the Resistance necklace is available as a limited edition until July 1st.

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A few summers ago, I was given a graduation gift by a family friend just a few years older than myself. It was a book, and on the inner flap he wrote: “Hope this opens up your eyes as it did for me.”

I haven’t seen or spoken to this family friend in years, but he’s seared into my memory as a handsome young man who played a pivotal role in my childhood. I was nerdy, and he was an alpha: He played varsity baseball for the fratty all-boys Catholic high school, finished business school, and today drives BMWs and parks them in his house in gentrified San Francisco. He’s also Filipino-American, emphasis on American. But when he read Alex Tizon’s Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, he embraced his other half. Published in 2014, Big Little Man is the memoir of Pulitzer-winner Tizon, who documents his lifelong search for identity in white America.

During the summer where I entered “the real world,” I devoured the book like a shipwreck survivor in need of food and water. It’s not hyperbole to say Tizon’s account as an insecure Asian-American male—a demographic starved for identity—gave me life.

Then, three years later, I learned that the author of the book who put words to these feelings I’ve had for twenty years was also a modern day slave owner.

Last week, in a bombshell article for The Atlantic, “My Family’s Slave,” the late Tizon remembers Eudocia Tomas Pulido, his “Lola,” which is a Tagalog honorific that means “grandmother,” but is given to elders as a sign of respect. (My mom is called “Tita,” meaning aunt, by the Pinoys (Filipino men) who run our neighborhood barbecue joint. We don’t know them otherwise.)

Lola was the woman who raised Tizon through a troubled childhood in an immigrant Filipino-American household, and while she played a major part of his life, Lola was practically invisible in his memoir. I can count on one hand how many times Lola is named: only four times.

“Given” to Tizon’s mother at 18 by his career military uncle, Lola lived to serve the Tizons. She had no prospects, no independence, no life to live but for others. When Tizon tried to teach her independence, such as when he tried to teach her how to drive a car, she recoiled in fear. “Sometimes,” Tizon writes, “when Lola was young, she’d felt so lonely that all she could do was cry.” She lived this way until her ‘70s, when an adult Tizon had the means to give her space and agency to live freely.

With nowhere else to go, she lived with him and his family. She finally found a hobby (she took to gardening), and Tizon recalls a specific moment when Lola kicked back with tea and TV, blissful. But by then, it was too late for Lola to have a life, and Lola’s last 12 years alive—based on his accounts—seem like a haze of confusion in a strange land, despite the fact Lola lived in the states far longer than she did in the Philippines.

It’s a devastating story, not only for Tizon, whose guilt bleeds through in every word, but also for Lola, whose inhuman life is anachronistic to ‘70s and ‘80s America. In the same time and place where the suburban kids of Stranger Things played Dungeons & Dragons, Tizon’s family had a slave.

Until recently, I called Alex Tizon a hero. He had a career I wanted to emulate, with a face that might look like mine in two decades. He had a book I felt was written exclusively for me and nobody else. Nobody else knows the plight of the Asian-American male but us: We want to be strong but are castrated by emasculation. We want to be heroes but are whitewashed in comic books. We want to be loved but are reduced to stereotypes like Long Duk Dong.

But Tizon, man, he knew it all. And because of that, I spoke of him with the same regard I saved for other heroes. He was as good to me as Carrie Fisher, Stephen Colbert, and Bruce Lee. I hailed his ability to string together words of the English language as being on par with my all-time favorite scribes. He was as important to me as Neil Gaiman, Hunter S. Thompson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Mark Waid. Though I love Gaiman’s sweeping, lyrical fantasies and Waid’s deconstruction of superheroes, none of that spoke to me the way Tizon’s naked exposure of the Asian male psyche did.

Then, I learned that Tizon owned a slave.

When I began writing full-time, I had few figures to whom I could turn. The impenetrable world of “Journalism Twitter,” populated by blue checkmarks whose bylines overshadow my own, was and is full of voices that make mine feel pedestrian. I’m still getting the hang of it. But I would look to Tizon, who not only looked like me but had my background too.

I grew up awkwardly in post-9/11 New Jersey while Tizon lived all over the place (he was an adolescent in Honolulu and in the Bronx before attending college in Oregon) throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. But he was still a lower middle-class Pinoy from a broken family. Like me, he struggled to understand his hyphenated identity among friends, especially white ones. In Big Little Man, Tizon writes:

“I had become so Americanized—whitewashed—that my college friends would claim to forget I was Asian. It was the reason they felt free to say these things to me. They saw me as one of them. ‘You’re not Asian. You’re Alex’ was how Leny explained it. ‘Shit, man, I don’t think of you as a my-nority,’ Christopher liked to say. I was so lonesome in those days that I was grateful to be part of one club, at least. Belonging somewhere felt nice, and it allowed me to entertain the illusion that I was different from the other Asian guys on campus with their books and lonely stares. But as soon as I stepped away from my circle, I quickly turned into just another Asian cipher.”

But he had a Pulitzer, and thus, he was my benchmark. Belonging to an older generation, Tizon eschewed the “branding” typical of today’s writers, and because his writing and subdued online presence made him feel approachable, I considered Tizon to be the professor I never had. I felt closer to him than the actual mentors I had in my undergraduate years at Rutgers University.

This was years before Tizon’s name became a trending topic, and not for good reasons.

In his death, Tizon opened a nexus of ghosts that haunt immigrants and people of color. Past the veneer of his breathtaking writing is the fact Tizon’s family practiced a severe version of a system leftover from Spanish colonialism, which is itself sustained through American capitalism. Slavery is both complicated and simple. Most Americans project their history class lessons onto it and, more wrongly, still assume it’s been over since 1860. It certainly is not, but when it’s out of sight and it’s out of mind, Tizon’s article becomes the blinding Bat-Signal that exposes only himself.

Human trafficking, which includes slavery of all sorts including forced labor and prostitution, doesn’t feel like an American problem. It’s not a problem white Americans know, when it is in fact a global epidemic that isn’t discriminatory. In 2014, the year Big Little Man was published, the National Human Resource Trafficking Center reported 990 cases of forced labor, the same variety known to Lola—and this was in the United States.

While Lola was not sold for sex, her existence is bundled into the system that thrives in the underbelly today. The Super Bowl, the pinnacle of American mass culture, is a lightning rod for sex trafficking. Kidnapped women and children are forced to serve johns attending the annual game. Hours before Super Bowl XLIX, when Katy Perry danced with Left Shark, the Sherrif’s Department of Illinois Cook County arrested 600 men soliciting sex from victims across 17 states.

Yet when there’s talk of slavery in America, it’s in sepia-tinted Civil War dramas or in the 21st century third worlds of brown people. Tizon’s story, which was about brown people owning brown people, is shocking, especially to liberal white Americans and even us American-born Asians. Slavery doesn’t exist to them or to us, even when it’s right in front of us handing us drinks during the game on Sundays.

Tizon’s story is the first instance I’ve heard of a real slave in a Filipino household. These stories exist but are increasingly rare, and the archaic practices exist in a different light than in the United States. It’s inhumane, but to project American ideas onto a culture with incompatible cultural DNA is myopic. Rest assured, the class-driven system of “katulongs” (a more specific type of house help that Lola was) is not some bad cultural thing exclusive to Pinoys, like, say, Black Pete in the Netherlands. Tizon’s story is not everyone else’s, but Lola is the reckoning Filipinos must now confront.

I cannot defend Tizon. As much as Tizon’s work influenced mine, I owe him and his family nothing. I never knew them. But reading between the lines, between the keystrokes of Tizon’s opus, I feel the anxiety that plagues only those who live between two worlds and belong to none: the plight of the hyphenated-American. Tizon knew, as an American, that slavery was wrong. Western movies told him so. But as a Filipino, Tizon couldn’t expose and shame his family and risk deportation from the so-called land of opportunity. Toxic as the notion may be, “family” is of the utmost importance to Asian-Americans—even if they’re monsters. It takes an extraordinarily awful and abusive home for an Asian-American child to gain the courage to disconnect from the family unit.

I sense Tizon’s shame the most in the paragraph he admits to his sin of inaction, which he paid for in the disintegration of his family:

“His not knowing anything about the purpose of my journey was a relief. I had enough interior dialogue going on. I was no better than my parents. I could have done more to free Lola. To make her life better. Why didn’t I? I could have turned in my parents, I suppose. It would have blown up my family in an instant. Instead, my siblings and I kept everything to ourselves, and rather than blowing up in an instant, my family broke apart slowly.”

None of my empathy or sympathy can give Lola her life. There’s not enough shouting I can do that can bring Tizon back to give answers. There’s not enough money to offer Lola’s family any relieft. And there’s nowhere I can go where I’m far enough to stop seeing a wordsmith who helped prevent my sense of self from being dragged into the mud. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t think I ever will.

All I know is that all my heroes are dead.

(image: Shutterstock/Eogan Roberts)

Eric Francisco is a journalism graduate of Rutgers University. A lifelong Jersey boy, his origin story is too long to explain, but it involves a Sega Genesis and an internship at NBC. He began writing for Geekscape and is now a staff writer for Inverse, but if you ask him, he’d say he still wants to be a Power Ranger.

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Coming to the comic shops this Wednesday is Doctor Aphra #7, which is also part 3 of The Screaming Citadel crossover. (Thus, Han.) Also arriving are second printings of Darth Maul #1 and #2.

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Here’s a bit of bittersweet news this morning.

Sofia Coppola took home Cannes’ best director award for her film The Beguiled, a remake of a 1971 film with the same name starring Clint Eastwood. The “bitter” part of this news comes with the fact that Coppola is only the second woman to take home the award in Cannes’ 71-year-old history. The last woman to win was Yuliya Solntseva, who won with her film, Chronicle of Flaming Years, which told a story of resistance to the Nazi movement in the Soviet Union.

If you haven’t heard of Coppola’s film, here’s a brief rundown. Nicole Kidman plays headmistress to a school of girls in Virginia in 1864. When a wounded Union Army soldier stumbles into their home, the dynamics of life in the boarding school change drastically. IndieWire says the film is a “feminist adaptation” of the earlier Eastwood-led film, and if Coppola’s other work is anything to go by, then this one is definitely one to watch out for.

Also according to IndieWire, Coppola mentioned Jane Campion in her acceptance speech, another director who is still the only woman to win the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, with her work on The Piano.

Anyway, I’m pretty glad that Coppola won, and I’m hoping that by doing so, the door opens for more women to roll on through. Frankly, I’m looking forward to the day that a woman of color takes home best director—or better yet, the Palme d’Or.

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Supergirl S2, Ep 14 - 17

One of the best things to come out of Season 2 of The CW’s Supergirl is the relationship between Alex Danvers and Maggie Sawyer (lovingly dubbed “Sanvers” by fans) after Alex’s beautifully-crafted coming-out story. The season ended with a marriage proposal … without a definite answer. Now, we have word that while Floriana Lima, the actress who plays Maggie, will be returning to Supergirl next season, her involvement will be limited and she won’t be a series regular.

According to a statement, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed, “We adore Floriana and have loved working with her to tell this inspiring story. Although she’s not available to us as a series regular next season, as she’s looking to pursue other opportunities, we’re happy she’ll be returning for multiple episodes in Season 3.”

There’s no word on exactly how many episodes “multiple” episodes means, and there’s certainly no word on what that means for Alex and Maggie’s story.

However, this doesn’t have to mean the end for them. All this means is that she’ll remain a recurring character rather than being bumped up to a regular, which will allow her more flexibility while still allowing her to take part in the show. It’s totally understandable that an actor doesn’t want to be pigeonholed into one role, especially if they’re really just getting started. A part of me hopes that Maggie will continue to be a part of Supergirl and Alex’s life even if she has to pull a Calista Flockhart and only do a few key episodes a season.

Then again, Maggie is the first woman Alex has dated since she came out. Perhaps it would be good for Alex to actually experience dating while LGBTQIA? Perhaps them breaking up would be something that would allow Alex’s character to grow. It would also allow the introduction of more female LGBTQIA characters (though there’s really no excuse why that couldn’t happen anyway. Just sayin’).

As long as they don’t kill Maggie off, we’ll be all good. Got that, CW? Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. Berlanti, don’t even entertain it in the writers’ room. Seriously. Do. Not.

What do you think? Should “Sanvers” go on indefinitely? Or would you be okay and even happy to see Alex have other relationships? Let’s talk Supergirl in the comments below!

(via Entertainment Weekly, image: Dean Buscher/The CW)

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Scott, Jean, and Laura have a rather long mission.

They're tired, okay?

Words: 270, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


Anticipation, sang Carly Simon: It's keeping me waiting.

Today's Say What? features a pair of sayings that go well with Simon's famous song. We'll explore them with the help of Gansey III's crew from Maggie Stiefvater's Young Adult series, the Raven Cycle.

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This year’s Cannes Film Festival had some high points for women with Sofia Coppola bringing home best director for The Beguiled and Lynne Ramsay scoring best screenplay for You Were Never Really Here (which she also directed). On the other hand, Coppola is only the second woman to win that award in the festival’s 70-year run—the first in more than 50 years to do so—and Ramsay won in a tie, not to mention representation on-screen, which was brought up by Jessica Chastain.

At a post-ceremony press conference, Chastain made a case for more women behind the camera in order to improve the quality of the characters portrayed in front of it: “I’ve watched 20 films in 10 days for the first time and the one thing I take away is how the world views women, and for me the female characters represented were quite disturbing. There are some exceptions, but I was surprised about the representation of female characters on screen. I do hope that when we involve more female storytellers, that more of the women I know in my day-to-day life who have their agencies; that they don’t react to men around them, that they have their own points of views.”

And women aren’t the only ones who’d benefit from more representation. Will Smith later added, “Couple of black folks wouldn’t hurt, but we’ll talk about that another time.” We’re always happy to have characters that are better written to represent different people, but Chastain hit on an important point (one her own production company will hopeful help with): The problem isn’t just who’s shown on-screen. There’s nothing wrong with, say, a male director helming a movie primarily about women or making women more prominent in their films, nor with a male writer doing the same—in fact, we encourage it!—but that’s not enough on its own.

It’s also important to give more women and people of color a chance to tell their stories themselves and expose audiences to what that’s really like, rather than what someone else imagines it’s like. Filmmaking, like all storytelling, should always take some degree of imagination and artistic license, but the more variety we get in the backgrounds of the people making those creative decisions, the more variety we’re going to get in our entertainment and the points of view we see. That’s just good for art on its own, and it also becomes more likely that people who might not feel that they usually see themselves on-screen get to experience that.

It’s a win-win situation, and we’re glad that people within the industry are continuing to advocate for things to improve.

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This is my first post. I read the rules but if I messed up, just let me know! :)

Today is not only Memorial Day in the U.S., but the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. He served his country during World War II and in the White House, and has made his share of appearances in comics over the years. He met Superman more than one time in the comics, and Supergirl, too, when her cousin revealed her to the world in 1962.

I also recall a Marvel Invaders comic in which a bad guy was attempting to kidnap a young war veteran running for Congress in 1946. Why? To rule the world in the future, of course, when that young man became President! :)

Anyway, I wanted to post something as it's a pretty sure bet none of us will be around for his 200th birthday! ;)

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May is Masturbation Month! Here's how the AS staff does it, featuring first time stories, all the weird places we've masturbated, how we feel about that and more.

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Tony was used to not doing big things for his birthday. For a period it was a little better than some but he pretty much lost hope for anything for that one time he was dying but that is best left forgotten.

However, there was someone trying to give him a surprise.

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I’ll be glad when I’ve finished Karnak, because having that little bastard in my head is probably doing me damage. -- Warren Ellis

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Drop everything you’re doing and watch these videos of the kids from Stranger Things getting their Lip Sync Battle on. You won’t regret it, I promise.

Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp showed off their theatrical chops while participating in a four-way battle for that not-so-coveted belt. In this game, the winner is pretty much obsolete. We’re just here for the epic performances.

Here’s them getting into the spirit with some freestyle dancing to Digital Underground’s “Humpty Dance.”

Wolfhard took on Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” while Schnapp got his groove on with Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” Meanwhile, Matarazzo borrowed some elements from his theater background for his take on Train’s “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and McLaughlin took us back to 1987 with his rendition of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad.”

Who needs coffee when you have these life-giving performances?

(via Mashable, image: Spike TV)

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As you will hopefully have noticed, there's a movie opening at the end of the week, and it's something of a big deal.

It's the first big screen female led superhero movie (Important addendum: following the first couple of posts below, let me amend that to "the first big screen female led superhero movie of the modern age" as I had overlooked a couple) and the first one devoted to one of the first female superheroes. I refer of course, to Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot.

The reviews have been universally positive, and those of you following her various creators on social media will have noticed that they all LOVED it.

Scans_Daily owes a lot to Diana of Themyscira, and this, we feel should be appropriate to reflect that, but honouring her with... well, it was originally going to be a "Week of Wonder", but nah, Diana deserves more so we're having a "World of Wonder instead

We're interested in seeing ALL the Amazon's who have contributed, so Diana is a given of course, but also Donna, Cassie, Hippolyta and Artemis, heck if you have an Io, Nubia or Phillipus scene that you want to showcase, bring it on!

Mortal associates like Steve Trevor, Cyndi Meyer and Etta Candy or scenes with her villains like the Cheetah, Dr Cyber or even these delightful scamps from Villainy Incorporated

So let's see lots of posts folks, Diana deserves it and we don't want to disappoint her, do we?


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In this month's Follow Your Arrow, Klara shares the story of her gender-neutral barbershop business, how she made the leap from office-worker to sole-trader, and the importance of building trust in the community she serves.

We are excited—and Cat is honored—to announce that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There have won the 2017 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire for Roman jeunesse étranger (Foreign Youth Novel)!

The Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards were established in France in 1973, alongside a national science fiction convention. The first awards were given in 1974, and the Grand Prix now has the distinguished honor of being the longest-running French prize at 43 years and counting.  It is also a juried award, with the jury often consisting of French speculative fiction authors and other professionals.

Cat won’t be able to attend the award ceremony at the Maison de l’Imaginaire during the Saint-Malo Étonnants Voyageurs since she was just in France for the Les Imaginales in Épinal. However, she sends her delight and thanks for this momentous occasion!


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Produced by Shondaland, he plays Lord Silvestro Capulet, in this period drama that picks up where Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, fight for power between the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate.

The series is based on the book "Still Star-Crossed" by Melinda Taub.

It's so cold I had to make myself a beanie. It's perfectly made to fit my melon-sized head and it has a huge pom-pom. It makes me feel tall. And the yarn is variegated, so the pom-pom has a big splash of red in an otherwise blue-green ball. [personal profile] lilacsigil said it has heterochromia, which, as Charles Xavier has taught us, is a very groovy mutation.

The downside of having a very groovy hat is dodging that never-ending thing when you make stuff, the "You could sell those and make money!" discussion. I could sell them. I'd blow out my thumb tendons trying to make a profit, and I don't want to do that. So it's not going to happen. I make stuff because I love making stuff. If I give you something, it's because I think fondly of you. Argh, why is this so hard to understand?

Also, all the makers on my flist: you are heroes, and I wish that your heroism was recognised, because I'm sure it's not, to the degree that it should be.

I'm having a bad time, mood wise. Thank goodness for fidget cubes, rubber bands and pink wine. Hopefully it's just the leftovers from the family birthday season (last one is today, thank goodness.) In the meantime, I am very tetchy, and only want to wear my beanie and watch Person of Interest. There are worse things to happen on mood swings, I know.

Adult things I have done: been to the dentist for a checkup. Updated my prescriptions at the doctor. Had a haircut. Made plans to go to Melbourne to see [personal profile] lilacsigil's family. Planted more lettuce.

Things I want to talk about but do not have the brain: Riverdale, American Gods (holy shit, Gillian Anderson!), icon making (cos I've been making a few, this post is kind of a GIP), recipes, Agents of Shield, Supergirl, yarn. Sense8. Twin Peaks (omg Twin Peaks!) The Star Trek: Discovery trailer, or as I saw it referred to: Star Trek: Disco Very.

Things I am actually going to talk about instead because it's easier: linkspams.

- via [personal profile] miss_s_b, [syndicated profile] lewis_and_quark_feed is the feed for a science blogger who works with neural networks. (You know those lists? Hobbit names as generated by a neural network, etc? Or, as I recently saw, The neural network writes the episode list for next season’s Dr. Who. The Daleks of the Daleks. Would watch.)

- via [personal profile] chinashop, [community profile] nanodownunder, or, a NaNo-style writing challenge for the southern hemisphere's winter. (Because in traditional NaNo, we're sweltering or on fire.) Not just for the Antipodean writer. For anyone. Kicking off for June - a locked comm for writers wanting to set themselves a deadline.

- Something I came across messing around on Twitter but don't know from where it came: Audio dramas sorted by genre

- something I have open all the time when I'm writing Harold Finch: a massive chart of birds of North America

- via [personal profile] dunmurderin, Bingo card generator.

- via [personal profile] misbegotten, The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type (because I can never get enough random MBPT stuff.)

- Boing Boing link: Crashed computer at Oslo pizzeria reveals covert facial recognition scheme (From deep within the Person of Interest gravity well where I live right now, I have to say this is some scary Samaritan-level stuff.)

- So you know that we really know how to live it up in the country, there was a local button festival: Button up for a colourful display at Buttonfest. (And the local paper didn't miss a beat when titling that article.) I love buttons. I could so become one of those button collectors. It scares me a little, because I don't have room for a hobby like that.

- Rare Photos of Frida Kahlo as a Young Woman in the 1920s. So amazing!

- Okay, I do have one American Gods link, via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, so you can watch it over and over like I have, American Gods Teaser Shows Gillian Anderson As [deleted for spoilers but go watch, it's amazing] (Spoilers for Episode Five, obviously.)

- last link! Japanese Woman Spotted Wearing Heels That Look Exactly Like Pigeons. Because she was worried about the welfare of the pigeons she was walking past. (Because, apparently, she didn't know that they would tear her to pieces in a minute if their life depended on it. Pigeons are survivors.)

Okay. Prayer circle for my brain weasels. And for my [community profile] wipbigbang, which currently lies disassembled on my screen and I'm not sure how to put it together.
Hello friends, this week sees the release of Wonder Woman - an actual film you can pay to see! And I might be just a tad excited. In anticipation of this much-longed for event here's a quick roundup of some of the best Wonder Woman trailers, news, and images in the final lead up to release.

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29 May 2017

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When Laman Stark, king of the dragons, gets caught in an avalanche on his way to negotiate a military alliance with the griffons, it falls to his queen, his Premier Advisor, and his General to keep the kingdom running.

The problem is... well, there are lots of problems: Hydra are massing on their southern border, acting like they want to provoke another war; with their king missing and presumed dead, everyone with a chance to seize the throne is plotting to do it; and the dragons may be powerful in their own right, but they don't have the numbers -- or the allies -- to hold back the Hydra on their own.

That's when things get truly murky.

Words: 37881, Chapters: 30/30, Language: English


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These gritty and glittery queer urban fantasy novels feature sex-work activism, genetic experiments, polyamory, erotic antique-postcard painting, sibling rivalry and more — and a ton of queer women characters.

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Get ready for book club AND get things done at the same time with audiobooks! Click through for staff recommendations and a chance to win an audiobook tote from Books on Tape.

Unshelved comic strip for 5/29/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on January 24, 2006.

29 May 2017

The Arrival is a silent graphic novel about a man who leaves his family behind, to go and find work in a distant city to provide a better life for them. As he tries to adapt to life in this strange new city he meets others people and learns their stories. It's a beautiful book and this is the part which stand out to me the most. Also I should probably mention I previously uploaded these scans to my Tumblr.

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A last formality is

running late, as a life can't,

this hot day. The final

ethereal glow of

the sun seems to come up from

underfoot in this parkland

of polysyllabic death.


These deep graves, two this time,

neatly cut into the earth,

await the arrivals,

and two adjacent heaps of

damp fertile glebe are half

blanketed by reticent

dark tarpaulins. After

the full moon's first moments of


fact and risen largesse, it

has contracted as our

heaven has passed it by and now

it floats above the crowns

of the inky trees and

well beyond bare roofs. It has

always been an entity

born dead—not a phantom, as

must be this son, a muddy

part of whom soared from cratered

waste lands far away before

landing here, and also

this veteran father,

whose heart staggered into

an ER and failed after

he heard what circumstance

had done to his one boy.


No horses—hearses, the first

two cars. A corps of six men—

they bear the heavy coffined

corpse of the father toward his

very small opening in

the planet; and six more

envoys of duty, with

much-practiced attentiveness,

slow-step the light son, an

imperfect cadaver with

handles, to his own last place.

White gloves lift up the draped

famed cloth, super-striped and

starry, from the younger

casket, fold it just so—

hands with hands over hands

in ritual honor,

a ceremony neither

of mystical creed nor

of doubter's midnights—then

they advance it to the one

who remains. She's looking

away from her burials,

down at the blades of moon grass.

She feels no great gut blows

from startled convulsive

big drums that shake the spirits

of mourners, nor any

whirring of equally

perilous small drums that

might reduce the silence.

The son is submitted as

lifeless organism to

dirt; the father’s remains

descend into his pit

alongside, likewise on

tightly held ropes men slowly

let slip. (In foremost ranks of

a final unbecoming

these two fell alike.) The

ropes snake back up into

what's left of natural light—

remainder of the ancient

calculus of day and night.

From a boom box ten paces

away, the familiar

bugled notes say that the

journey of these remains

is done. Even if no grief

shadows the bugler, bugles

do sound it, word it—that

unacceptable sentence

of slow notes.


                              Distant, on

overtime, respectful, yet

much too near, a stranger

waits to start up a backhoe.

On such occasions, after

courage of soldiers or

folly of command or cold

wrong purposes among

patriarchs, lords, kings, and freed

madness in red valleys,

mountains, cities, villages,

in schools, shrines, sheds, beds, mud-brick

hearts, we have offered up our

mortally wounded, un-

comprehending remembrance.

We look down or away

and notice the impassive

grass under our bloody weight.


Reginald Gibbons, "Memorial Day" from Last Lake.  Copyright © 2016 by The University of Chicago.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: Last Lake(The University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Reginald Gibbons

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