“Dance Apocalyptica”

Today I read: You can spend your whole life being a story that happens to somebody else. You can twist and cram and shave down every aspect of your personality that doesn’t quite fit into the story boys have grown up expecting, but eventually, one day, you’ll wake up and want something else, and you’ll …

“A Simple Answer”

Linda Holmes's "At The Movies, The Women Are Gone" (which I linked to yesterday) put me in mind of something I wanted to add to that post I made recently about gender parity in the media. One of the consequences of a gender disparity like the one Holmes is describing is that stories about women …

“Man”

Today I read: You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says "win some, lose some" and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every "surprise success" about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave …

“GO!”

I've been thinking recently about the issue of representation and gender equity in fiction. I'll be first in line to acknowledge what a serious imbalance there is in gender representation in the worlds of literature, film and TV, both in the media itself and behind the scenes.  VIDA perennially demonstrates how little the publishing world …

“Break It Up”

So over on Salon, Christopher Wallace has a piece about English detectives and asexuality.  I'm reading along, going, 'Yes, yes, OK' -- anyone with two wits to rub together could figure out that Holmes was probably asexual -- until I came to this: It is a tricky thing, making of an abstemious protagonist a vivid …

Review: Mona Lisa & Drive

Today I watched two movies about drivers: Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa and Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive. Both were pretty good, on the whole.  Mona Lisa is a sort of anti-Pretty Woman, and Drive is a slightly more realist answer to glamorous hyper-violent car-centric action films (I'm looking at you, Vin Diesel), but both still manage …