Category: Writing
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine Funerals
There has never been a fictional wedding/funeral ratio more to my tastes, has there? The wedding happened on BATES MOTEL, which I covered for AV Club; you could not have picked a better week for me to drop in on a show than the week two characters with a deeply repressed slow burn have to marry each other for plot reasons and then trip over their feelings for the next forty minutes. Naturally, I talked about tragedy the entire time. One of the great hooks of tragedy is watching people… Read more »
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up Post
How belated? Well, I hope you’re following me on Twitter if you want news, that’s all I can say for myself; the first thing on this list is from January 5. (I tried to alert everyone to the live-action drinking game that is the Shannara Chronicles.) I’ve been keeping more regular tabs on Reign, which has vacillated wildly between being sort of dreadful and being camp glory, with no real internal logic as to how any given episode reaches either one of those goalposts. (Example: Did it actually kill Francis?… Read more »
2015, In Writing
Honestly, I can’t believe I’m writing this year-end post, because I genuinely don’t know how we got to December already. It’s been a year. This year in fiction: NOVEL: PERSONA, my near-future political thriller. It’s so hard for me to talk about my own work that I tend to just avoid it, particularly with this book, in which the plot actually matters enough that I try not to just spoil it all instantly. (Obviously to some extent that’s true for all books, but I can talk concretely about a lot… Read more »
Recent Work: The SuperGoth Edition
So, in October, Crimson Peak came out, and it turns out it was basically a Kodachrome bouncy castle of the High Gothic, which means I loved it. It heralded a Halloween season in which I basically couldn’t stop talking about things that go bump in the night. At AV Club, I talked about Crimson Peak at play in the family tree of the Gothic (a working headline they understandably changed for reasons of Too Victorian), including both its influences and the stylistic and thematic subversions del Toro employed. I also… Read more »
Aliens, Incest, Time Travel, & a Robot Cinderella
You’d think that’s the most random catch-up collection yet. You’d be right! Turns out I’ve been away from the blog so long that an entire site shut down in between my last post and this one. :sobs quietly: The Dissolve, a wonderfully erudite and passionate site about film, closed its doors last week. I’m thrilled to have been a contributor there, even for a little while; arguing my way into pieces like the feminine desert of Max Mad Fury Road was nearly as much fun as writing the pieces themselves.… Read more »
The Girls at The Kingfisher Club is now in paperback!
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is now officially a paperback! (We can all safely assume that’s Hattie and Mattie on the new cover, I think. Jo wouldn’t be caught dead posing unless it was to intimidate someone, Lou wouldn’t do it just to be contrary, and Doris would already be busy reading it, plus is probably awful at posing, let’s be perfectly honest.) Yesterday I got to celebrate this book “in conversation” with Kelly Link, who knows from fairy tales, and who was kind enough to come down to… Read more »

Recent Work

The Workings Of Nature: Naturalist Writing And Making Sense Of The World, NPR.org

Review: The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, NPR.org

TV: The Other Side: Barb and the Women of Stranger Things, Vox

TV Recaps: UnREAL recaps, NYT

Review: Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, NPR.org

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2016 Appearances

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Emerald City Comicon, April 7-10, 2016

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium, September 23-24, 2016

NYCC, October 5-9, 2016