To Boldly Sew
To Boldly SewSure, that pun is horrifying. But when Popular Mechanics asked me what I would write if I had a whole Star Trek series to play with, I think we all knew that the costumes were going to be high on my list. Good or bad (and boy, Star Trek costumes have been vehemently one or the other, sometimes at the same time), they are a critical part of the wider world of Trek.…
“Familiaris”
"Familiaris"Last year, my story “Familiaris” was published in THE STARLIT WOOD. It’s about fairy tales, motherhood, and how stories get made. This year, “Familiaris” was reprinted in LIGHTSPEED! You can read it here: “I mean, if you don’t want to have one,” he says, that single line down the center of his forehead like his face is about to peel.…
Being Dead Sucks Even More Than You Thought
Being Dead Sucks Even More Than You ThoughtWhen Hugh Hefner died, he was laid to rest in the Westwood Memorial Park cemetery, directly beside Marilyn Monroe. That wasn’t a coincidence: He bought the grave in 1992 for $75,000, bragging to reporters with such satisfaction that it’s a surprise he didn’t try to snag the plot directly above her.…
The Apparitionists
The ApparitionistsOf course, like any good history, The Apparitionists also has a distinct air of the present. We’re reading about a religion so new that many Americans worried it was necromancy, but we’re also reading about a time in which new technologies suddenly upended the way people thought about communication, war upended the way people thought about life and death, and unprecedented access to things — newspapers, tourism, “objective” photograph portraits — upended the way people thought about what was true.…
The Taste of Empire
The Taste of Empire“To be a Victorian Englishman was to possess the power to eat the world.” One afternoon in 1748, the Latham family sat down to dinner. They ran a small farm in Lancashire, and their menu was satisfying — beef and vegetable stew, beer, doughy fruit pudding. They grew wheat and barley to make bread, their cows supplied them with milk and cheese, and from their crops (and the women’s cotton textile work) they made enough profit to buy beef.…
King Arthur
King ArthurIn a year in which everything is absolute garbage, there was one bright light, one burst of true art: KING ARTHUR. I tweeted about why. It's a terrible movie. This is not in dispute. It is also, however, easily in the top ten of movies that made me laugh the most.…