You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes--it would be too awkward--and you can't say no--it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. QUESTION: How do you arrange to skip town? ANSWER: You accept them all. [more inside]
Dear Ex is a Taiwanese movie about a kid, his mom, his dead dad and his dead dad's boyfriend. Told from those three perspectives, Dear Ex is a moving tale of family, grief and the healing power of community theater. It's on Netflix! [more inside]
The Deuce: We're All Beasts Season 2, Ep 6
Candy shoots her film guerilla-style on the streets of New York. [more inside]
Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit the Baron Saveze’s fortunesand even less his bodyguard. The formidable Barbara, of unknown parentage and tied to the barony for secretive reasons, is a feared duelist, capable of defending her charges with efficient, deadly force. Equally perplexing is that while she is now a highly eligible heiress, Margerit did not also inherit the Saveze title, and the new baron eyes the fortunes he lost with open envy. Barbara, bitter that her servitude is to... [more inside]
Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella Winner: 2018 Alex Award Winner: 2018 Locus Award One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017 A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure." In a corporate-dominated spacefaring... [more inside]
The highly anticipated sequel to Dreadnought, featuring “the most exciting new superheroes in decades.” (Kirkus, starred review) Only nine months after her debut as the superhero Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Protecting a city the size of New Port is a team-sized job and she’s doing it alone. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse. When she crosses a newly discovered billionaire... [more inside]
An action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick. “I didn’t know how much I needed this brave, thrilling book until it rocked my world. Dreadnought is the superhero adventure we all need right now.”—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to... [more inside]
Caitlín R. Kiernan is one of dark fantasy and horror’s most acclaimed and influential short fiction writers. Her powerful, unexpected stories shatter morality, gender, and sexuality.-Amazon [more inside]
So with only a few days left in Pride Month, would anyone want interested in some fanfare posts on fantasy/SF featuring GLBTQ protagonists? Mainly I want to do posts on Dreadnaught: Nemesis and Dreadnaught: Sovereign. Other books I've read recently include Fire Logic The Murderbot Diaries Daughter of Mystery Does anyone else have any recommendations?
In this first episode of Making Gay History’s Stonewall 50 season, we hear stories from the pre-Stonewall struggle for LGBTQ rights. Travel back in time to hear voices from the turbulent 1960s and to understand the tinderbox that was Greenwich Village on the eve of an uprising. [more inside]
Gentleman Jack: Why've You Brought That Season 1, Ep 7
Lister travels to London with her old flame Mariana Lawton, a trip that exposes crippling memories of their past relationship.
When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte seeks out Elizabeth, the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas, and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
Nineteen-year-old Jake Margate struggles with terminal leukemia for five years and is ready to let go but his mother is not. [more inside]
Incredible, true, love story of Canadian Meg and Russian Elena who find each other online and meet in Kiev in 2006. Their love is very real, but now Elena is in danger. They decide to flee Russia together. Meg mortgages her home back in Canada and buys a sailboat in Turkey. They head out to the Atlantic and hope to eventually reach Vancouver, halfway around the world, in order to live a life together. Kismet, From Russia with Love. [more inside]
How many lives fit in a lifetime? When Hero De Vera arrives in America–haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents–she’s already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn’t ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter–the first American-born daughter in the family–can’t resist asking Hero about her damaged hands. (Penguin Random House blurb) Elaine Castillo's debut novel, and well-regarded, from Kirkus Reviews to Bustle. [more inside]
On the occasion of Magnus Hirschfeld's 150th birthday in May 2018, Eric Marcus traveled to Germany to find out more about this early champion of LGBTQ civil rights. A true story of a heroic doctor, forbidden romance, a global search for lost artifacts, and Nazis. [more inside]
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. [more inside]
“Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That's when things happen. That's when you find out everything you want to know.” [more inside]
Jenna and Wesley are back for Season 3! This week, they look at the movie “Proud Mary” as a jumping-off point for the cultural moment that black women are having. The discussion includes a brief history of black women in movies and television, from Hattie McDaniel to Dorothy Dandridge to Whoopi Goldberg to Halle Berry. Then Wesley and Jenna consider what all this means for Oprah’s theoretical presidential run. [more inside]
A documentary celebrating one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives. [more inside]
Veronica Mars: Meet John Smith Rewatch Season 1, Ep 3
Things really get moving here. Veronica gets hired to track down a classmate's long-lost (or dead?) father, enlists Wallace to start taking records from the office, dates Troy, and tries to get to the bottom of the mystery around her own mother. Oh, and what kind of medication is Duncan really taking? [more inside]
Into the Badlands: Wolf's Breath, Dragon Fire Season 2, Ep 10
Sunny faces the toughest challenge of his life. Bajie's loyalties are tested. [more inside]
Into the Badlands: Leopard Stalks in Snow Season 2, Ep 6
Sunny and Bajie encounter and unexpected friend but also an unbeatable enemy from the past. The Widow makes an unholy alliance. [more inside]
Gone Home is a narrative/exploration game from The Fullbright Company. You play as a young woman who arrives one rainy night at her family's recently inherited home, where nobody appears to be around. By finding notes, letters, and other items around the house, you learn what your mother, father, and younger sister, Samantha, have been up to in your absence.
Gaycation: Jamaica Season 1, Ep 3
Ellen and Ian touchdown in Jamaica and explore how the queer community is seen through Jamaica’s most iconic exports--dancehall music and the philosophy of Rastafari. [more inside]
Transparent: Why Do We Cover the Mirrors? Season 1, Ep 10
A funeral brings all the Pfeffermans together and reunites them with their past - Shelley and Maura with old friends, Sarah with her ex, and Josh with his teenage babysitter - who brings a 17-year-old boy. Just when they thought there were no more secrets, the family busts out a few more.
Transparent: Looking Up Season 1, Ep 9
Maura finds solace with ex-wife Shelly, and the two hatch a plot to help Ed realize his wishes. Sarah spends time with her ex-husband and begins to question their breakup, while Raquel finally breaks through to Josh. And when the entire family is summoned to Shelly's, they are in for a few surprises.
Transparent: Best New Girl Season 1, Ep 8
In a flashback, Mort escapes with friend Mark (Bradley Whitford) to a cross-dressing retreat in the woods, and becomes captivated with a very accepting woman named Connie (Michaela Watkins). Left alone after canceling her Bat Mitzvah, 13-year-old Ali finds trouble with an older man at the beach.
Transparent: The Symbolic Exemplar Season 1, Ep 7
Josh goes on a date with Rabbi Raquel while Ali explores her feminine side with a TA from Gender Studies class. The kids turn out for Maura's performance in a talent show, but her delight quickly turns to dejection.
Transparent: The Wilderness Season 1, Ep 6
As they struggle to come to terms with Maura, Josh looks for answers from a rabbi named Raquel (Kathryn Hahn), and Ali looks for answers in a Gender Studies class with Syd. Sarah is left to answer questions from her own kids, who meet Maura for the first time.
Transparent: Wedge Season 1, Ep 5
When Shelly's husband Ed goes missing, Sarah, Josh and Ali set out to find him, and instead find themselves lost in their past. Ali can no longer keep Maura's secret from Josh, which sends him into a tailspin. When Maura runs into a Pfefferman family friend she takes a stand for her new identity.
Transparent: Moppa Season 1, Ep 4
Maura finally comes out to Ali, and they join Sarah on a field trip to the mall - where they all get rude lessons in womanhood. Josh is forced to confront his past thanks to questions from Syd (Carrie Brownstein) about his longtime relationship with Rita.
Transparent: Rollin' Season 1, Ep 3
Maura moves out of the family house and into a lively new apartment complex, just as Sarah needs a new home after dismantling her perfect life. Josh has to reconsider his sudden vision of starting a family, while Ali finds some new boundaries to cross.
Transparent: The Letting Go Season 1, Ep 2
Maura embraces her new journey, but nothing about life as a woman is easy -- making friends, finding a new community, and above all, coming out to her children. Sarah introduces her husband (Rob Huebel) to her ex-girlfriend Tammy (Melora Hardin). Josh pays a visit to his ex-babysitter Rita, as Ali gets closer to her trainer.