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Field Trip To Paris

I work in fashion. I respond to emails about drop-crotch pants and washed charmeuse (“I understand your concerns, but the charmeuse is supposed to look old and used”). My job recently sent me to Paris where,…

Down Mexico Way

The borders between nations are psychic wounds. The FX detective series The Bridge, which wrapped up its first season on last Wednesday, reifies that idea. The show depicts the US-Mexican border as a cruel bisector that…

Trop Quiz: Breaking Bad

[Spoilers, bitch.] Still not sure what to make of Breaking Bad’s series finale, “Felina”? Frustrated by the internet’s refusal to decide once and for all whether the episode was perfect or a little too perfect? Cheer…

Je Me Souviens

“We live in such constant nearness to the abyss of past time that the moment is endlessly sucked into.” —John Jeremiah Sullivan Lately there seems to be something in the ether. Some kind of emergent desire…

How We Watch, But Why?

This so-called Golden Age of Television is a dangerous time for showrunners. Streaming video makes lab rats of us all. Specifically those lab rats who had the misfortune to discover a pleasure button hidden deep within…

THE NFL: 2 COOL 2 BE 4-GOTTEN Pt. 2

Sad that there hasn’t been an NFL football game in almost seven months? After reviewing the AFC yesterday, all of the credible, influential, and relevant news of the NFL offseason concludes today with the teams of…

THE NFL: 2 COOL 2 BE 4-GOTTEN Pt. 1

If you haven’t been following your favorite NFL team since you saw them last winter, it’s time to catch you up on all of the relevant news of the offseason. I’ll begin with the teams of…

Reading Katy Perry

At the dinner table, my four-year-old girl sings out: “There’s a stranger in my bed! There’s a pounding in my head! Last Friday night!” And I am so busted. “Oh, we don’t listen to that song…

Shut the Tweet Up

In 2009, I paid $120 to see Daniel Radcliffe’s penis, and it was disappointing. I had hoped at least that the vehicle for his penis, the Broadway revival of Equus, would have been less ridiculous. I…

Defecting to the Other Deschanel

I got my heart broken three days before She & Him released their second record, Volume 2, in 2010. In between sobbing at old Facebook pictures, writing bad poetry, and not bothering to shower, I downloaded…

Lana, Gatsby, Chomsky

I have not yet seen Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby, though even its trailer contains enough supercharged energy to bowl over the plodding jaundice of Jack Clayton’s 1974 take, which was convinced that a story of romantic…

Lip Synch For Your Rights

“We love you, and you are so welcomed here. You know, we as gay people, we get to choose our family. We get to choose the people we’re around. You know what I’m saying? I am your…

Spring Break Forevah

When Harmony Korine was asked if he felt creepy making young actresses do dirty things, the writer-director of Spring Breakers replied, “I feel like the most pure human being that’s ever existed… The most pure human…

On St. Patrick’s Day

In Washington, there is a phenomenon known as the “Irish politician,” and the term describes a walking, talking stereotype. The Irish politician is expected to toss back a drink with steelworkers, rhapsodize with banter and flowery…