Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design Rachele Dini A young woman takes stock of her living room, whose shabby furnishings have not been updated in decades. To the tune of Gillian Hills’s 1963 hit, “Tut Tut Tut,” she gambols around a department store furniture display labelled with the helpful description, … Continue reading Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Queer Love Conquers All: Using Queer Characters to Usher in a New Peace in Marvel Comics’s Empyre Event

Queer Love Conquers All: Using Queer Characters to Usher in a New Peace in Marvel Comics’s Empyre Event Ibtisam Ahmed Representation matters. Let’s just get that out of the way. In an industry that was censored for decades through the regulations of the restrictive Comics Code Authority and that continues to cater to demographics that … Continue reading Queer Love Conquers All: Using Queer Characters to Usher in a New Peace in Marvel Comics’s Empyre Event

War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead

War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead Shinjini Dey Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead (TLD) is a novel set entirely within a cave. Published in 2019, the science fiction and horror novel trails a gig worker, Gyre, as she follows the directives of her employer deep into … Continue reading War of Images, Images of War: Technology and Labor in Caitlin Starling’s The Luminous Dead

Golem of Memory: Revolutionary Interruptions, Railway Imaginaries, and China Miéville’s Bas Lag

Golem of Memory: Revolutionary Interruptions, Railway Imaginaries, and China Miéville’s Bas Lag Nandini Ramachandran I. Trains of Thought The railroad has been an icon of orderly progress for two centuries. Tracking commentary on it is like reading a greatest hits album put out by the Patriarchs of Social Theory—Marx, Weber, Foucault, Latour—for all of whom … Continue reading Golem of Memory: Revolutionary Interruptions, Railway Imaginaries, and China Miéville’s Bas Lag

Patterns, Guts: Style and Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War

Patterns, Guts: Style & Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War Jake Casella Brookins Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose The Time War took home major genre awards, and developed an unusually intense fanbase for a standalone novella. It needs no defending. I was fortunate to read it … Continue reading Patterns, Guts: Style and Substance in This Is How You Lose The Time War