A Wrinkle In Time: Be a Warrior

A Wrinkle in Time is a gloriously bright, fun quest in which three children go looking for two of their father and end up becoming part of the unending fight against real evil. While many reviews have claimed that this movie is incomprehensible, not faithful to the book, or filled with unrelatable, unlikable characters, upon actually watching this film (as someone who was a huge fan of the books as a child), I found none of these things to be true. In fact, this movie is a wonderful, entertaining adaptation that had me crying at several points.
I sympathized with and adored Meg, I laughed with Calvin, and I feared for Charles Wallace. Mr. Murray’s relationship with his wife is deep and touching, and we can see the depth of their love for each other and for their children. This movie is a beautiful offering to young women, particularly young black women, as well as the smart young men who get erased from media too often in favor of stereotypically aggressive forms of masculinity. I wal…

POETRY REVIEWS: Amanda Lovelace's Witch

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, Amanda Lovelace’s second volume of poetry, is ambitious in concept. Like her first volume, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, Lovelace’s style lends itself to a multi-section chapbook of freeform poetry, and like that first volume, many of the poems are so simple as to say almost nothing. The strengths from The Princess—personal, detailed pain transliterated into poetry—are mostly absent in The Witch, leaving it to stand on the emotional residue of current political unrest.
One reason that this structure worked for her first volume is simply that we were following Lovelace through her own journey. It was powerful for its personal nature. This is a similar structure to what you would find from Rupi Kaur, but with extreme simplicity of form for each poem. That in itself isn’t a criticism. Part of Lovelace’s appeal is her readability for those just getting into poetry. The problem lies in the fact that many of her poems sound the same, have the sa…


Two Moons by Krystal A. Smith is a collection of short speculative fiction. Smith is a Black lesbian poet, and her poetic roots come through as she brings the figurative world of emotion into the literal, asking her readers to follow each protagonist in her soul's journey. While not all stories center on romance, this collection features Black lesbian and bisexual leads, some with disabilities. Trust that the range of representation here weaves organically into each story.
Most anthologies will be hit or miss; Two Moons is no exception. The weak stories fall flat mostly because they are so very short that they lack the development or tension needed to fully bring the reader into the concept. A few I forgot about when I was listing the stories out in my review notes. Overall, though, Two Moons offers a worthwhile peak in layered, extra-natural worlds. Smith brings us to a places where Earth and the heavens can be just a step and a whim away; young women can become goddesses; and the…

4 Shows that Broke Our Gay Little Hearts (that We Otherwise Loved)

4 Shows that Broke Our Gay Little Hearts (that We Otherwise Loved) 

Television shows are homophobic. Water is wet.
Unfortunately, if our favorite shows allow LGBT characters a long and healthy life, they often still constantly make homophobic and transphobic jokes. It’s depressing and disheartening, especially when otherwise, it’s a show you dearly loved.
Below is a list of several shows that have captured our hearts… But then, they proceed to break them as the writers yuck it up at our expense.
Excluded from this list are gems like Glee (because I just don’t have the energy to list all of its flaws, although Kurt still owns my heart KURTSTAN4LYFE) and The Hundred and The Walking Dead (because you lose your place as favorite when your lesbians exist only to further the plot with their brutal deaths).

Parks and Recreation I do love this show for its memorable characters and humor that usually relies on situational weirdness, Leslie’s overeager verve for her job, and political satire. …

BOOK REVIEWS: The Tiger's Daughter

The Tiger's Daughter K. Arsenault Rivera

I received a free ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I tried. I genuinely tried. But around halfway through, I had to give in to the fact that not only could I not finish this book by the time it would be released, I couldn't finish it at all.  It is definitely a book that I wanted to like. Historical/Fantasy lesfic is definitely up my alley... but nah.

COMIC REVIEWS: The Scarecrow Princess

The Scarecrow Princess by Federico Edrighi
Morrigan Moore is a 14-year-old girl in Somewhere, England. Her mother and brother are a pair of well-known YA authors who write about fairytales, dragging her along to places where they can hunker down for research and writing. No one asked her if she wanted to live this life, but she doesn’t have much choice.
The Scarecrow Princess has the same feel of Labyrinth, thanks to the main antagonist The King of Crows, but overall, it feels more like Coraline with the normal world blending with the supernatural elements. The Scarecrow Princess is a bit like a fairytale, but think more Brothers Grim on acid than standard Disney. Some of the imagery is legit disturbing. For all of these reasons, if I had read this when I was 12-16, I would’ve loved it.
Plot/Characters 7/10
As a character, Morrigan isn’t very likable at first. She scowls her way through her first several pages, complaining loudly and being biting and sarcastic about having to deal wit…

BOOK REVIEWS: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

I’ve been looking forward to this one for some time. The idea of a coming-of-age story for a Puerto Rican babydyke going on a quest to discover herself is pretty amazing. It’s also something that seems like a no-brainer, given how many coming out stories exist. But what sets Juliet Takes a Breathapart from a lot of those stories is that JTaB doesn’t follow the general beats of that story. It isn’t focused on Juliet finding her true love (although she does get to have some romance on the side of her exploration). It’s about her finding how to be herself and about finding her community.
Folded in with this search for community is the complication of whiteness within a marginalized community. Juliet sets out to find herself by becoming an intern for Harlowe Brisbane, author of Raging Flower (a book that comes off as the lovechild of Inga Muscio’s CUNT and lesbian separatist texts of the 70s). Juliet’s feelings are in upheaval because while she looks…