Bright Wall/Dark Room: “Though I Do Not Know The Way”

Absolutely thrilled to share the piece I contributed to Bright Wall/Dark Room this month. "Though I Do Not Know The Way," part of BWDR's timely Survival Kit issue, is about The Lord of the Rings, mental illness, and fear. Frodo’s fear, his pain, is not a flaw to be overcome or eradicated. It must be... Continue Reading →

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All Right, Y’all, Let’s Shout Out Some Of My Favorite Fictional Moms

Putting this haphazard list together spur of the moment only reminded me just how badly mothers lack decent media representation. The majority are either dead, too absent to matter, flawless inspirations without character, or evil corruptors. They’re, especially, almost all white, cisgender, heterosexual, and able-bodied. Sigh. Please tell me your favorites and any I’ve missed! Cordelia... Continue Reading →

Thomas Harris, Clarice Starling, and Me

The name Hannibal Lecter was a constant in my household. Long before I was cognizant of the context, I knew the infamous character and his creator, Thomas Harris, were held in reverence. My mom and sister vociferously devoured (pun intended) the 1981 novel Red Dragon and its fame-eclipsing sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, on... Continue Reading →

John Wick: Chapter 2 Is A Cathartic Balm To The Soul

Keanu Reeves is American cinema’s greatest action star. Wait, what about — nope. It’s Keanu. Over thirty years in showbusiness, dozens of revered films to his credit, an inarguable pop culture icon with chameleon-like genre versatility, and it took until 2014’s majestic, breathtaking sleeper hit John Wick for the man to finally start receiving, in slow drips,... Continue Reading →

We Need To Talk About Split

(Spoilers from word one.) M. Night Shyamalan and I have always had a complicated viewer-filmmaker relationship. He directed three of my most beloved movies — Signs, The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable, the latter an underrated masterpiece. He also made one of my most loathed, The Last Airbender, a tone-deaf white-washed adaptation of the stunningly progressive animated series of... Continue Reading →

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