Many years ago, back when the OK Hotel was a dirty punk rock hole-in-the-wall club under the viaduct in downtown Seattle, I stood among a crowd mesmerized by Michelle Tea reading from her memoir, The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America.
Sex and sexuality can be deadly. This message is one of the main undercurrents of The Americans, the fast-paced, highly intellectual drama featuring Soviet spies posing as a boring married couple in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reagan Administration.
New music abounds in the cold months, especially here in Austin, where SXSW fever is well underway. In just six weeks, Bat City will be taken over by more than 2,000 bands for the yearly music festival, and our roundup is stuffed to the brim to reflect how much good stuff we’ve got pouring in.
1. Michelle Chamuel – “Golden”
This is the last time we’ll write about Michelle Chamuel as an up-and-comer before she explodes into stardom with her latest album, Face the Fire, out February 10th.
Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" in New York magazine. In his piece, Chait attempts to articulate the ways in which moderate liberal thought interacts with what he terms "politically correct leftism," often to the detriment of liberalism.
Wizards of the Coast, the company behind card game Magic: the Gathering, revealed last week that one of the characters in the newest set of cards is a trans woman. Say hello to Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, the game’s first canon trans character.