Articles of note

4 Years Into Our Marriage, I Came Out To My Wife As Trans


Kelsey Borresen reports a relatable story about partners working together through transition.

Fiona Apple Is Still Calling Bullshit

Vulture | Published September 2019

Does anyone out there have Fiona Apple’s Hotmail address?

How Fast Food “Became Black”


Cynthia Greenlee interviews Marcia Chatelain about her book.

The Intertwined History of McDonald's and Black America


From Marcia Chatelain’s book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America: “This story of McDonald’s in black America is about how capitalism can unify cohorts to serve its interests, even as it disassembles communities.”


Parable of the Sower

By Octavia Butler

A frightening portrait of a future that seems eerily close to reality.

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

By Marcia Chatelain

A thoroughly researched and profoundly insightful look at the institution Ray Kroc built, the promises made, and the promises broken. It’ll make you think twice about that next McDouble. Eat, slay, love!


Marvel Divas (2009)

Issues 1-4

A strong story by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who went on to develop TV’s Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The divas are Patsy Walker/Hellcat, Angelica Jones/Firestar, Monica Rambeau/Photon, and Felicia Hardy/Black Cat. Not as fun as 2015’s Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat.

Scarlet Witch (2016)

Issues 1-7

The illustration style of this book is incredible, especially the bold and graphic black, white, and red covers.



Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Wil Smith

As live action updates of Disney movies go, this was the best.


Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu

“This whole country is a strip club. You got people tossing the money, and people doing the dance.”


Brightest Lights

Lane 8 | 2020

Totally dig this moody electronic album by Denver-based producer Daniel Goldstein.



Dorian Electra | 2020

They, them, and everything! If you’re a flamboyant person working in, say, the insurance industry, you may relate to Career Boy.


Pet Shop Boys | 2020

It’s hard to believe these guys have been at this for more than 30 years.

How I’m Feeling (partial album)

Lauv | Full album coming March 6, 2020

Fall in love with Lauv! After several singles and EPs, Lauv will finally release his debut album.


Bon Iver | 2019

Music is magic.

Living In Clip

Ani DiFranco | 1997

An old favorite.


2020/01 McJanuary

My January playlist

As usual, a mix of pop, alternative, R&B, and global favorites. Notable new tracks from Harry Styles, Beck, and Kesha, and several tracks from Sam Phillips’ terrifically underappreciated 1996 album Omnipop (It’s Only a Flesh Wound, Lambchop).

2019 Obama Playlist

President Barack Obama’s 2019 playlist

The man’s got taste!


Of Montreal | 2020

Deliciously psychedelic ’80s synthpop.


Watching sports is a new hobby, so the following commentaries may contain surprisingly few insights.

NCAAW Missouri Tigers

@ Arkansas Razorbacks | 1.12.20

Mizzou loses 73 to 90. Mizzou comes out strong in the first quarter, but the Razorbacks, led by Chelsea Dungee, dominate the rest of the game.

NCAAM Missouri Tigers

vs. Florida Gators | 1.11.20

With snow falling outside Mizzou arena, the Tigers take it 95-71.

Fight, Tigers, fight for Old Mizzou,

Right behind you, everyone is with you,

Break the line and follow down the field,

And you'll be, on the top, upon the top;

Fight, Tigers, you will always win,

Proudly keep the colors flying skyward,

In the end we'll win the victory,

So Tigers, fight for Old Mizzou!


NCAAW Missouri Tigers

vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs | 1.7.20

Mizzou loses 64 to 79. Bulldogs take a commanding lead in the first half, and the Tigers never quite catch up.

NCAAW Missouri Tigers

vs. LSU Tigers | 1.5.20

Mizzou beats Louisiana State 69 to 65. Aijha Blackwell, Amber Smith, and Jordan Chavis lead in scoring for Mizzou. After an explosive start by Mizzou, LSU comes back in the second half and tightens up the score. Exciting!

Portland Trailblazers

@ Miami Heat | 1.5.20

Blazers lose 111 to 122.

NCAAM Missouri Tigers

@ Kentucky Wildcats | 1.4.20

Tigers lose 59 to 71. The first SEC game of the season for both the Tigers and the Wildcats. Wildcats trailed 17 to 9 for the first 10 minutes, but came back strong and dominated the rest of the game.

Portland Trailblazers

@ Washington Wizards | 1.3.20

Blazers take it 122 to 103. Woo-hoo!

NCAAW Missouri Tigers

@ Tennessee Lady Vols | 1.2.20

Mizzou loses 66 to 77. Strong performances by Mizzou’s Amber Smith and Aijha Blackwell weren’t enough to topple the Lady Vols.

Portland Trailblazers

@ New York Knicks | 1.1.20

Blazers lose 93-117. Bummer.


Murder on the Orient Express

Pentacle Theatre | 1.18.20

Support community theater!

TV & video

AJ and the Queen

Season 1, Episode 1 | Netflix

A charming performance by Ru and cameos by Bianca, Mayhem, Valentina, Eureka, Vanjie, Porkchop, and Alexis Matteo aren't enough to save this "comedy" from being dreadfully dull.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Episodes 7-9 | Netflix

Finishing up a series started last fall. The origin stories of Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan continue to unfold, and Cunanan's story comes a chilling end.

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

Season 1, Episode 7 | Be Quiet, Scooby-Doo! | Boomerang

Love this reboot for its strong writing, animation, and voice acting. Solving mysteries with the gang never gets old.

Brother Husbands

Special | TLC

There’s something mildly unlikeable about this throuple, which is probably why this special never became a series.


ContraPoints | YouTube

Natalie Wynn’s lengthy takedown of cancel culture speaks for itself.

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic

Season 1, Episode 9 | Funshine’s Un-Fun Day | Boomerang

The new Care Bears are cute! The character designs have been modernized and improved, and the simplistic animation style fits the property. But the 15-minute episode didn’t unlock the magic. For a better ’80s cartoon reboot, watch Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! or She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Career Boy

Dorian Electra | YouTube

From their album Flamboyant, a catchy song about working hard for the money.

Caught on Camera: Cat Fights Off Three Coyotes

CBS Los Angeles | YouTube

This how the scene would go down at our house. This is also why Panther is kept indoors.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Straight To Hell Music Video Trailer

Netflix | YouTube

Super excited for the next chapter.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Part 3, Episode 1 | Netflix

A journey to Hell leads to Sabrina’s surprise ascension to queen. Nick can’t find his shirt.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Part 3, Episode 2 | Netflix

Queen Sabrina goes back to Earth to start the reformations of Hell. Still no shirt for Nick.


Season 1, Episode 1 | Tirana | TNT

Niecy Nash is fire in this twisted dramedy, featuring strong writing and a great cast. But it’s hard to commit to a new series that has multiple seasons already out there. Setting this show aside… for now.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Episodes 1-5 | CW

Cheesy AF and absolutely perfect. Featuring: Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow

Democratic Presidential Debate

1.14.20 | CNN

Warren makes the most of every moment. Bernie, Biden, and Buttegieg are business as usual. Who were the other two candidates?

Face Off

Season 13, Episode 1 | Syfy

Makeup artists compete to create Guillermo del Toro-themed fairy tale characters.

The Good Place

Season 4, Episode 10 | NBC

A terrific, one-of-a-kind series with memorable characters and a good heart. Only a few episodes left to go.

The Good Place

Season 4, Episode 11 | NBC

The season starts to wind down as the demons learn new ways of testing—and not torturing—humans.

The Good Place

Season 4, Episode 12 | NBC

Heaven has a downside? You betcha! Lisa Kudrow guest stars.

Grace and Frankie

Season 6, Episode 1 | Netflix

The definition of comfort television. In the season 6 opener, Grace and Frankie deal with the aftermath of Grace’s surprise wedding at a typically madcap family gathering.

Grace and Frankie

Season 6, Episode 2 | Netflix

Frankie gets a life coach and Grace meets the ex-wife, but the real highlight is watching Sol learn to swim with a group of 8-year-olds.

Grace and Frankie

Season 6, Episode 3 | Netflix

Grace and Frankie get into fundraiser hyjinx featuring trophy wives, dog candy, and Jerry Garcia's shoes. The rest of the family has a hilarious game night.

Grace and Frankie

Season 6, Episode 4 | Netflix

Sol grapples with prostate cancer, while Frankie invents an ejector seat for the toilet.

How We Domesticated Cats (Twice)

PBS Eons | YouTube

Watched it because cats.

I Trained Like a Fitness Model for 30 Days

BuzzFeed | YouTube

Strikes an awkward balance between fitness advice and meditations on disability and body image issues. But it’s also encouraging for those who want to improve their fitness.

Legends of Tomorrow

Season 5, Episode 1 | CW

Another show that benefits from the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, although it didn’t really need the boost. Legends is hilarious on its own.



Love It or List It

Season 7, Episode 35 | HGTV

In a suburban McMansion hell, Hillary spends $125,000 to improve an impossible layout. But the couple ends up listing it with David to double their square footage—and their mortgage payment! Now their children can stay in the same bourgeois school district without having to share a restroom with siblings perceived to be of the opposite gender.

Love It or List It

Season 7, Episode 36 | HGTV

Hillary gives a woman built-in flat storage for her office. Easy win.

Love It or List It

Season 8, Episode 2 | HGTV

Hillary transforms another McMansion. Despite being “custom built” for the couple, it features an unusable layout and a terrible location next to a busy four-lane highway. Can a $140,000 renovation save this couple from their own poor decisions? Apparently, it can! They decide to love it.

Love It or List It

Season 11, Episode 9 | HGTV

Gay couple Greg and Rudolfo decide to list it. Quote of the day from Hillary: “I have to choose between a master closet and a wet bar? … That’s really hard. Those are two really essential elements; I don’t know how to make that choice right now.”

Love It or List It

Season 12, Episode 19 | HGTV

This show is always best when the houses and budgets are realistic. A cute mom and grandma ultimately decide to list it, so their kids can have bigger bedrooms and a hangout space.

Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands


A throwaway story with nice art and some of Marvel’s most interesting characters. A worthy diversion.

My Lottery Dream Home

Season 14, Episode 3 | HGTV

David Bromstad is tatted up and ready to help recent lottery winners find a lake house. Fun to see a community with houses under $200,000.

Project Runway

Season 18, Episode 1 | Bravo

First time watching the series with Christian Siriano as the mentor, along with a new host and judges. After 17 seasons, the magic is waning. It’s nice they include a nonbinary model, but the “diverse body types” on the runway aren’t that diverse. Where are the big girls?

Sex Education

Season 2, Episode 1 | Netflix

Two words: Pomeranian erection. A predictably hilarious season opener from one of the best shows on Netflix.

Sex Education

Season 2, Episode 2 | Netflix

Campus lesbian, after Otis demos his fingering technique on an orange: “There’s no magic technique that works for all women. Every orange is different. But you shouldn’t be asking me; you should be asking your girlfriend. Tune into her orange.”

Sex Education

Season 2, Episode 3 | Netflix

This episode features standout performances by two supporting players in the cast: Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) loses her sense of safety on the bus, while Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) channels his inner Romeo.

SNL Presents Kate McKinnon as Ellen Degeneres

Saturday Night Live | YouTube

I’m Ellen!


Episode 510 | CW

The aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths livens an otherwise dreadful season of Supergirl.

The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed


Soledad O’Brien uncovers the disturbing story.

Unspouse My House

Season 1, Episodes 1-5 | HGTV

The host is Orlando Soria—that's ORE-LAWN-DOE to you.

What a Man Gotta Do

Jonas Brothers | YouTube

Watching boys in their underwear does pass the time.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Season 1, Episode 1 | NBC

Bah. There's something irresistably alluring about a TV musical.