CN: Spoilers for Midnight Mass and for my story “The Lost Year;” ableism; sex abuse mention

I watched Netflix’s limited series Midnight Mass this weekend and enjoyed its take on vampires. I found the pilot dull but gave the show one more chance and enjoyed the rest. I knew it…


CN: discusses racism, genocide, ableism, sexism, and cis-sexist gender binaries

All ideology hails or interpellates concrete individuals as concrete subjects, by the functioning of the category of the subject. … ideology ‘acts’ or ‘functions’ in such a way that it ‘recruits’ subjects among the individuals (it recruits them all), or…


CN: spoilers; child grooming; physical abuse; sexual assault; and menstruation in fiction

Photo: Young Meggie (Sydney Penny) and Fr. Ralph (Richard Chamberlain) in The Thorn Birds. He hugs her, looks into her eyes, and places a finger on her chin.

Today on Book Riot, I published an essay about The…


Trigger warnings: violence; ableism; bodily fluids; vomiting/digestion; body horror

Wanna grow up to be

Be a debaser

Debaser . . .

— Pixies, “Debaser,” 1989

I recently reread Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, a treatise by Julia Kristeva from 1980. As literary theory from 1980 that draws on…


Trigger warnings: discusses death, sexual assault, abuse, ableism, sexism, LGBTQIA-misia, racism, and antisemitism.

Flannery O’Connor, who died of lupus at age 39 in 1964, was both a disabled writer and a precursor to the fields of disability studies and disability literature as we know them today. As a white, disabled…


CN: pandemics, death, racism, ableism, mention of murder and rape

Today, I published my 75th article on Book Riot. This one is on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. As usual, it makes more sense to read my BR essay before this one.

This Medium post compiles and expands on some…


CN: ableism, sexual assault in fiction

After watching the new version of Cinderella starring Camila Cabello, which I found mediocre at best, I wanted to expand on my WordPress post from August. This is in case anyone follows Medium only or finds the longer post inaccessible.

I’m a little baffled…


CN: discusses ableism, LGBTQ-misia, fatmisia, and racism

In my work, I often point out the ways ableists apparently find us disabled people disgusting. A couple of recent articles from Vox and JSTOR Daily prompted me to spell this out explicitly: ableism hatefully depicts us as disgusting, repulsive, and abnormal. …


AO3 (Archive of Our Own) is an open-source archive for not-for-profit fan fiction of various genres and fandoms. When I was in middle school through college, fanfic was on fanfiction.net or LiveJournal, but I guess those sites aren’t as active anymore.

After requesting an invitation and waiting about a week…


Disclaimers: The show and all of its characters were created by Vince Gilligan. I don’t make money from this post or any others on my Medium. When possible, I cite/link to any real lines from the show that I’ve quoted. My notes are bracketed to set them apart from the…

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