I have always liked television series that followed a plot through multiple episodes – not only external plots that happen to the characters, but threads of character development. One thing Elementary has done exceedingly well is follow the course of Sherlock’s addiction, for which the series has been nominated for a Prism Award for a multi-episode storyline about substance abuse.
In literary interpretation, there’s this thing called paratext, which is basically the ephemera that surrounds the text of a book: the title page, the blank flyleafs, even the marginal space can be paratextual.
And, there’s an argument to be made that the introductions to WtNV episodes can also qualify as paratext, even though, in these very specific instances, the authors of WtNV have a say in how this paratextual information is situated and presented.
Welcome to March! My calendar tells me it’ll be spring in a matter of weeks, but the multiple feet of snow I see outside my window tells me a different story entirely. Despite the snow (and the cold, and the impending blizzards, and the terrible state of the roads), it’s always possible to make it to the comic shop, as we’ve got Avengers A.I. 10, Captain America 18, and She-Hulk 2 to read this week!
And, doesn’t that episode title say everything?
Tahiti (or T.A.H.I.T.I.): It’s a magical place.
Yeah, keep telling yourselves that.
So, when we last left Team Coulson, Skye—0-8-4, agent, hacker, Brave Little Toaster—was being kept alive by SCIENCE! and Jemma’s sheer, bloody-minded determination.
Do not mess with Jemma. She will do awful, terrible, amazingly horrible things to you—especially if you hurt her Found Family.
And, Skye? Totally her Found Family.
Additional paid writing opportunities are available at The Rainbow Hub! We can’t express how delighted we were at the turnout from our last hiring post, and we thank everyone who helped with signal boosting.
Two regular review positions are now open, in addition to one-time/two-time spots. Please read below for details. To note, everyone who applied last time will also be contacted regarding these openings, should they wish to apply. We had many wonderful applications, and we’re doing our best to include you in every writing opening we have.
Two contributing Lifestyle writing positions
Guest article openings for meta/analysis of the following: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Scandal, Sleepy Hollow, and Elementary.
One/Two article openings: The Rainbow Hub will be introducing two new series on the site, dedicated to exploring and analyzing both the science fiction and fantasy genres. Topics will delve into representation issues, discussions on the current demographics and power brokers in both genres, emerging sub-genres, and more. If you want to apply for this, we will be discussing topics with you, and will provide additional details on what we specifically want to cover.
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The Rainbow Hub is pleased to announce new activity for our site! Beginning next week (we wanted to let everyone get Fat Tuesday out of their systems) we will be reviewing a new book every week, and offering a giveaway for a free copy of said book. The genre scope of reviews will range from erotica, to how-to, to contemporary fiction, to religion/philosophy, and all the way to science fiction and fantasy.
We’re working to address many of the suggestions you’ve given us over the last few months, and a renewed and interactive book review section is one of the latest improvements we’re rolling out. We will continue to implement new features and content over the coming months, and as always, we appreciate any feedback we’re given.
Be sure to check in next Wednesday for our review of Best Bondage Erotica 2014 from Cleis Press!
Remember QWOP? Or maybe the mytical sequel, CLOP? Perhaps either game might have given you a healthy appreciation for the minutia that your brain processes and coordinates the individual intricacies of muscle and nerves and bone always and nearly instantly. Or maybe, as was the case last weekend when we had guests over, about an hour or so of entertainment in wobbly, floppy failure. Now, how would you feel about playing Pokemon Crystal with thousands of people at once? Mind, itâs not an individual mass gathering of nostalgic pokemoning, but instead these thousands of people are typing commands at once,…
So far, this column has mainly explored and explained dynamics between submissive bottoms and dominant tops. But don’t be misled – the world of BDSM doesn’t always correlate dominance with the active role in the bedroom, nor submission with passivity. As I’ve already mentioned, switches exist, and switching in practice often means changing roles between top and sub, dom and bottom, and every permutation thereof. Too, if switches play with each other, there can be more than one top in a particular situation. One interesting result of this possibility is the phenomenon known as “fighting to top,” in which both partners are struggling to establish dominance over the other.
Clayton Morris of Fox & Friends apologized for his inappropriate comment about changing his Facebook gender…
A former Miss Kentucky winner came forward as queer this past week as a response to a court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. She was Miss Kentucky in 2010 and finished in the top 10 in the Miss America pageant the next year.
I can’t do justice to her words with a summary, so here’s the best of it:
“I am queer,” wrote Djuan Trent on in a recent post on her blog, Life in 27. She then reported hearing many antigay comments in the wake of the federal judge’s ruling.
“What has prompted my writing today has been my questioning people’s constant assumption that a) I am hetero and b) I concur with their views,” she said.
It’s obvious to people who meet her that she’s black and a woman, she commented, “but sometimes, I forget to put the ‘QUEER’ stamp on my forehead on my way out the door in the mornings. So, on the mornings that I forget my stamp, I have realized that there is really no way for people to know that I disagree with their views or, even more so, to know that they are talking about me, unless I actually open my mouth and say it.”
She went on, “Ideally, I would love to one day live in a society where coming out is no longer necessary because we don’t make assumptions about one another’s sexuality and homophobia is laid to rest.” But society is not there yet, so she calls on others to make their presence known: “People can’t know that their best friend, brother, sister, co-worker, neighbor, news anchor, favorite singer, or local coffee shop barista is being oppressed and denied the rights [of] their heterosexual counterparts … unless you open your mouth and say it.”
You know what my favorite part of this is? “I am queer.” How often does anyone say that so bravely in the public eye? Congratulations to her!
Congrats on being true to yourself, Djuan!