The Moose Way Home

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter Fellas, is it gay to miss home? This question may have been playing in the mind of Numa Barned, a Union soldier in the U.S. Civil War who reported that listening to other soldiers play the song Home! Sweet Home! made him “feel queer.” Of course Barned’s use of queer is a few iterations… Continue reading The Moose Way Home

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Suggestions for Stolen Squash

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter I want to start by saying that it was so unreal to have watched videos of friends back home literally popping champagne in the streets this weekend and then to wake up this morning to the Irish news obsessing over Biden’s Irish heritage.  Did you know that Obama has… Continue reading Suggestions for Stolen Squash

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An Afterlife for the Anthropocene

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter I want to talk about the Netflix series The Good Place.  It’s a brightly colored entertaining series about quirky dead people navigating an even quirkier afterlife.  It’s easy to dismiss this show as another piece of streamable fluff, but the way ideas of environment and environmentalism are woven into The Good… Continue reading An Afterlife for the Anthropocene

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On Environmental Art Making

Originally published in two parts as part of the Digestable newsletter As the smoke from unprecedented wildfires pollutes skies in east coast cities and hurricane season surges past the alphabet into Greek letters despite only being half over my mind turns as it often does to Grimes.  I know, the Canadian musician’s much anticipated album Miss Anthropocene came… Continue reading On Environmental Art Making

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I Love You No Edit

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter A couple of weeks ago Lee Dawson came out with the newest edition of his RuCaps series. These videos, hosted on Dailymotion like all quality content, are at their essence a remixed retelling of episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Drag Race, as many of you know, is a competition reality… Continue reading I Love You No Edit

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Satellites over the Sundarbans

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter Last week after playing trivia with some friends (shoutout to Trivia Mafia in Minneapolis which is doing free trivia games online pretty much every night during the pandemic) we were trying to find the Ganges delta on a map – this was after the game of course, no cheating… Continue reading Satellites over the Sundarbans

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Doctor Who

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter If you told me a year ago that I’d be writing this column from day 11 of quarantining in a Dublin apartment I would not have believed you.  Of course everything that happens these days is pretty unbelievable – so much so that unbelievability has become pretty… unremarkable.  I’m… Continue reading Doctor Who

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Director Dudes

Originally published as part of the Digestable newsletter Last week I went on an accidental Charlie Kaufman binge.  Accidental because it wasn’t until watching Synecdoche, New York and Being John Malkovich back to back that I realized they were directed by the same person.  At that point I was on a roll so I went ahead and continued with Kaufman’s newest… Continue reading Director Dudes

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Coronamatica

Wrote this little piece for my friend Lena’s weekly newsletter Digestible. I describe myself as a critical fan of Lady Gaga which basically means that I really like her but I talk about her like I don’t. One of the things that frustrates me is that her albums (ARTPOP, Born This Way, even Joanne) start… Continue reading Coronamatica