Archives for March 2014
Reign Report: "Monsters"
On this week’s Reign Report: literally anything anyone could think of to stick in there, including the Queen of the Bean celebration that gives us the most parties-per-capita in a while, a brand-new engagement that breaks up into two other engagements, a wedding that is neither of those, a queen in a coma (for five seconds), and a hugely expensive outdoor action scene that turns Francis and Bash into unwitting campers in a horror movie. I am running out of ability to care about the clothes; I am too terrified… Read more »
A Pair of Kings, and A Dweller in Amenty
Second thing first: my sin-eater story “A Dweller in Amenty” is up now at Nightmare Magazine! (TV synergy fact: It was written before Sleepy Hollow started airing, but I’ll admit to being secretly thrilled when John Noble sopped up blood with bread. Thank you, folklore researcher on the writing staff! The Roanoke people need you.) First thing second: The AV Club’s One Season Wonders feature is currently featuring my piece about Kings, that show that was constantly operating on a surfeit of promise and utilizing the aforementioned promise in what… Read more »
Reign Report: "The Darkness"
[Apologies for the delay; I was attending the Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts away from my real computer, and am only now able to do Reign justice.] Welcome to Reign, where even the penultimate episode of the season can’t really bring itself to try to bring things together! This episode’s so disjointed and inconsistent in plot and character that we’re essentially watching a period piece sketch show. This week: King Henry has turned into a straight-up serial killer, Queen Catherine is quietly contemplating how to escape to a… Read more »
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Over the weekend, my essay about one of my favorite fairy tales ran in LA Review of Books. “And I Will Seek You” talks about the first time I encountered “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” the place it holds in the folklore canon, and what it meant to a much littler version of me to learn the story of the princess who seeks what she’s lost and climbs a mountain with only one shoe. Though I’ve read dozens of translations and adaptations since my first discovery of… Read more »
The Full Boyle.
I have really been enjoying Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a show that premiered last year as That Andy Samberg Cop Show and quickly found its footing as a workplace comedy that does a lot right: its tone is one notch more snarky than the group-hug feel of Parks and Rec while still feeling like a half hour of comfort food, its cast is diverse but the show never reduces the characters to mere characteristics; it has a lead character whose homosexuality is neither a footnote nor a one-stop trait shop; and the… Read more »
"Trousseau" in the Time Traveler's Almanac
Today is the American release day for the The Time Traveler’s Alamanc, which boasts a monster TOC, and to which I was lucky enough to contribute something! A while ago, Ann Vandermeer contacted me and asked if, after writing “Bespoke”, I’d had any further thoughts on clothing in time travel. (It was a pretty safe question.) It ended up as “Trousseau”: Cleanliness is for the people who can afford it. Whatever future you jump to (and the ads are incorrect, there’s never just the one), on whatever orbiting body you… Read more »

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