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“Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

Have you heard about the craziness involving prominent writer Sherman Alexie, his editorship of Best American Poetry and the poet Yi-Fen Chou? If not, then buckle up, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.  Continue reading “Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

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Comic Book Review: “Archie #1”

Written by: Mark Waid

Art by : Fiona Staples

Synopsis: Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue! Continue reading Comic Book Review: “Archie #1”

Queer Coded: Carmilla

Carmilla is a vampire book that, in my opinion, really isn’t as veiled of a homoerotic piece of fiction like Dracula is. While Dracula is couched in mystery and has a fairly strong tug of (suspiciously aggressive) heterosexual love, Carmilla is  full-on lesbian erotica. But also like Dracula, it’s also a piece that functions as a cautionary tale against same-sex love.  Continue reading Queer Coded: Carmilla

Color Coded: Superman

I bet you might not have expected me to include Superman as a color coded character. But in my opinion, he is. In fact, he’s probably one of the most complex color coded characters there are, because he’s also a character that does quite a bit of “passing” in order to be America’s hero.  Continue reading Color Coded: Superman

#AskELJames: Twitter Let The “Fifty Shades” Author Have It

There’s not much of an introduction I need to do for this. E.L.pa James, the writer of the oft-derided Fifty Shades of Grey series  had a Twitter Q&A. Somehow, her PR team thought this was a fantastic idea, but as the #AskThicke team figured out all too late, talking to Twitter was the worst thing James could ever do. Continue reading #AskELJames: Twitter Let The “Fifty Shades” Author Have It

Spider-Man’s Sticky Situation: Controversial Movie Notes Leaked, Miles Morales Now Official Marvel Universe Spider-Man

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can…or what Marvel tells him to do. It would seem Marvel’s had a huge hand in what Spider-Man can do in the movies, and what he can’t. Marvel also has allegedly stated who Spider-Man can and can’t be.  Continue reading Spider-Man’s Sticky Situation: Controversial Movie Notes Leaked, Miles Morales Now Official Marvel Universe Spider-Man

Exclusive Interview: Daniel José Older (Author, “Bone Street Rumba” Series)

Daniel José Older is an author you need to know if you’re a lover of sci-fi and fantasy novels. Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba, series; the first part, Half-Resurrection Blues is already available for purchase. Also exciting is the news that hit earlier this year; Anika Noni Rose has optioned the TV and film rights to Half-Resurrection Blues, which will bring an even more diverse and richer aspect to fantasy entertainment.

I was excited to speak to Older about his writing, how his past life as a paramedic influenced his work, and how literature should provide the answers it needs to people who are in crisis, especially children. Stay on the lookout for his upcoming young adult book, Shadowshaper, as well as his short story on Tor.com; information is below.  Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Daniel José Older (Author, “Bone Street Rumba” Series)

Draco Grew Into a Less Awful Person, States J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter character Draco Malfoy is an amazing character. He’s one of those characters who are racist, growing up in a household where certain “ideals” are taught, but soon realize how terrible their minds have been when the real world gets dropped on them. Draco had that happen to him in spades, and for years, I liked to think he was better for it. But J.K. Rowling had denied me that pleasure in canon. Until now. Through Pottermore (which you need a login for), she finally shared the rest of Draco’s story.

Continue reading Draco Grew Into a Less Awful Person, States J.K. Rowling