The Best Album of 2016 (Yes, Already): HOPELESSNESS by Anohni

[Image description: Anohni’s pale face, dark hair, dark eyes, and somber expression, with the words “I Love You + Want The Best For You” written on her cheek] Content note: discussion of state violences, dysphoria, abuse, death   HOPELESSNESS is an ode to neoliberal imperialist USAmerica, … Continue readingThe Best Album of 2016 (Yes, Already): HOPELESSNESS by AnohniContinue readingThe Best Album of 2016 (Yes, Already): HOPELESSNESS by Anohni

Review of Travis Alabanza's "Stories Of A Queer Brown Muddy Kid" for Beyond The Binary

[Image description: Travis, a black trans femme, wearing black lipstick, a black headscarf, black shirt and chunky gold chain, sits in a bookshop facing camera with a stoic expression. Photo by Alexander Lijka] Beyond The Binary asked me to review “Stories Of A Queer Brown … Continue readingReview of Travis Alabanza's "Stories Of A Queer Brown Muddy Kid" for Beyond The BinaryContinue readingReview of Travis Alabanza's "Stories Of A Queer Brown Muddy Kid" for Beyond The Binary

Reflections on Trans Academia panel

Content note: institutional transphobia; Islamophobia; sexual assault mention   Details Tuesday 17 November 2015,  1900–2100 Main Building, City University, London From the facebook event page: “This panel explores some of the complexities of transgender and academia as they intersect” Host: Sahra Ray Taylor (she/her) Panel: Natacha Kennedy … Continue readingReflections on Trans Academia panel

Star Trek: The Next Generation is too straight (and racist)

As a relatively new fan to Star Trek, I’ve been playfully admonished for enjoying the camp and queer-baiting The Original Series (never mind the primitive shaky-cam special effects); I’ve also been told that I would much prefer Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard to William Shatner’s over-acted … Continue readingStar Trek: The Next Generation is too straight (and racist)

Book Review: Cat Country [1932] by Lao She

Lao She, Cat Country [貓城記]. William A Lyell, trans. Penguin Books: Melbourne, 2013 [1932]. ISBN: 978-0-14-320812-9 A Chinese man crash-lands on Mars, finding himself in a country inhabited by Cat People. One of my colleagues and I have a long-standing mutual exchange of books whenever … Continue readingBook Review: Cat Country [1932] by Lao She