Queering 'The Simpsons', David Rakoff’s Last Deadline, and Old Growth Northwest's Gay Romance Conference

How ‘The Simpsons’ Gayed Up America: A Visual Queerstory  In Behind the Gay Jokes: Homosexuality in The Simpsons, author Erwin In het Panhuis examines queerness in the long-running cartoon series The Simpsons, identifying 70 LGBT characters and 490 gay-themed scenes along the way. Through its common treatment of homosexuality, In het Panhuis argues, The Simpson contrasts more hostile views of… read more

What Do You Love About Being Queer?

Toronto-based writer, musician and filmmaker Vivek Shraya’s recently published collection of short stories asks one question: What do queers love about being queer? The book began as a short documentary film shot inside Shraya’s own living room in which he queried a diverse range of people whose answers are more than cheerful, triumphant anecdotes—but honest… read more

Feminist Texts to Read, AP Stylebook Updates, Azealia Banks Controversy, and Short Stories in the Digital Age

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedman’s The Feminine Mystique, a groundbreaking novel first published in 1963 that is thought to have ignited second-wave feminism in the United States. In honor of the anniversary, Flavorwire.com has created a list of “10 Essential Feminist Texts That Everyone Should Read,” including Sister Outsider, a collection… read more

Is there Such a Thing as Originality in Art?

Is there such a thing as originality in art? In this post-modern world what does the term “derivative art” even mean? In this video, recently published in the opinion section of The New York Times, animator Drew Christie cleverly examines the arguments and theories surrounding the notion of originality in both art and literature …. read more