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michelle ng Trouble in the Galaxy

Trouble in the Galaxy

Navigating the nerd world as a woman of color

Standing outside the Anaheim Convention Center, I joked with my dad that one’s devotion is really tested by these sorts of things. It was barely 10 a.m., and the Southern California heat drew sweat from our foreheads. The doors to WonderCon (the precursor to the big kahuna, San Diego ComicCon) would not even open until…

natasha sharpe to mock a tyrant color

To Mock a Tyrant

Is Political Satire Worth It Anymore?

It’s 2017, and we take our timelines like we take our coffee: dark, bitter, and likely to keep us up all night tossing and turning. The front page of every newspaper, every day, reads like a fear-mongering Hillary Clinton campaign ad: “Imagine a world in which the least qualified, most morally bankrupt presidential candidate in…

Natasha Sharpe Youll Never Walk Alone

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington

They came from Houston and upstate Michigan, from Greensboro, North Carolina, and Brooklyn. A group of young girls carried a giant banner representing hundreds more people from Kentucky, and a parade of women from New Mexico passed by in yellow sashes. A local TV reporter searched for anyone from Indiana, and I met a trio…

katie cafaro watching the election on tv

Turning off Trump TV

American goes dark after Election Day

“Who would have guessed that everything could end so suddenly on a pretty Tuesday morning?” – Jonathan Franzen, Sep. 24, 2001 No one who showed up for the Brown Democrats victory party in Metcalf Auditorium on Tuesday night had ever seen anything like this. Under two enormous screens streaming CNN and CBS, many of us…

clarisse angkasa fanblogging

fanblogging

shaking those post-finale blues

So you’ve just finished a book that shattered your heart and destroyed your soul. You’re still reeling from the plot twists, worried about the characters that the author has left in dire straits, and aghast because you have to wait another twelve months before the next book comes out. All you want to do is…