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Head over to Contemporary Japanese Literature for my review of Hayao Miyazaki’s manga Shuna no Tabi, the predecessor for Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke. 

(And remember, my dears–“I’d rather be a pig than a Fascist.”)

Title: シュナの旅 (Shuna no tabi) English Title: The Journey of Shuna Author: Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿) Publication Year: 1983 Publisher: Animage Bunko Pages: 149 This guest review is written by L.M. Zoller (@odorunara on Twitter). Shuna no tabi (The Journey of Shuna) is a short watercolor manga by Studio Ghibli director Miyazaki Hayao. Shuna is […]

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Check out the (mostly spoiler free) review of Gone Home, an atmospheric feminist game on Steam, that I wrote for Comparative Geeks:

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When I joined Steam, the first game [my younger sister] sent me was Gone Home, a game about sisters. You’re Kaitlin “Katie” Greenbriar, the older sister, who arrives back in Oregon after a year abroad in Europe to discover the lights are on but nobody’s home at her parents’ house–and there’s a mysterious note from her younger sister on the door.

 

June 7, 1995. 1:15 AM.

You arrive home after a year abroad. You expect your family to greet you, but the house is empty. Something’s not right. Where is everyone? And what’s happened here?

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Make sure you always know what we’re reading, citizen, with the new Beyond Binaries Book Club master schedule.

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LOOK AT THIS 80S-TASTIC COVER

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Source [Image of Oscar the Grouch holding a sign that says “I heart trash.”]

Source [Image of Oscar the Grouch holding a sign that says “I heart trash.”]

Here’s a humor(?) article I never guessed end up writing, and just in time for Tanabata!

“Why is Florence + the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful the soundtrack to my trash ship?”

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Or, “Why is Florence + the Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful the soundtrack to my trash ship?” 

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Source [Image of Oscar the Grouch holding a sign that says “I heart Trash”]

Spoilers for X-Men First Class (major), X-Men Days of Future Past (moderate), NBC Hannibal (mild), and Battlestar Galactica (mild). Contains gifs; discussions of music and films featuring abusive relationships, alcohol abuse, and moderate violence; links to music videos with disturbing imagery of the same nature. I’m sure that Florence Welch actually wrote her music about her experiences and not about fandom, but seriously, have you seen the X-Men prequels? Or NBC Hannibal? Do you see?

There appears to be no one definition of a trash ship*, so my definition is a ‘ship that you know is objectively bad, either because the characters bring out the worst in each other or because one of the characters is literally a cannibal serial killer (or somesuch). Cherik (Charles Xavier/Erik Lensherr)? Trash ship.Starbuck/Apollo? Trash Battlestar. Hannigram (Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham)? Trash spiral-galaxy.

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You’re in a quiet theater, watching the previews for the latest action ensemble movie. Out of the silence you hear it–

But what if they were all women?

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Content warning: 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, survivor’s guilt, PTSD, natural disasters, mentions of suicidal ideation, drowning, heights.

Donate to relief efforts here.

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