My Trouble with Pronouns

In the summer of 2015, my brother announced to my family that he had never truly identified with the female body he had been living with for 32 years, and wished to continue the rest of his life as a man. In his email to the family, he wrote two things that still stand out to me:

“I really wish I knew another word for supported!”

“This doesn’t change who I am…I will always think I’m the funniest person I’ve ever met.”

And the responses:

            My other brother: “Well, I always wanted a brother.”

            Myself: “FYI, even if you think otherwise, I’m the funniest person you’ve ever met.”

My mother: “Synonyms for supported: sustained, approved, sanctioned, okayed, endorsed, confirmed. Pick one and please rewrite this letter.”

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Watching TV Makes You Emotionally Smarter

“I love a feel-bad movie. I hate to feel good at a theater. There is such honesty in the pain he puts on screen.” —John Waters on Bruno Dumont

On December 14, Sundance Channel will air the series finale of Rectify, a drama that follows Daniel Holden, who has been released after nearly 20 years on death row—most of them spent in solitary confinement—when DNA evidence clears him of the rape, but not the murder, that put him there. For three seasons, the show has followed Daniel and his family through his reintroduction to society. His case reopened, the events of the crime are called into question, and the initial investigation is reexamined.

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Like You're Under Sedation

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again feels like a very 2016 programming choice. I can almost picture Fox executives congratulating themselves the moment they discovered this perfect material to repurpose and appeal to today’s all-inclusive, gender-fluid youth of America. What a boon it must have seemed to them, then, to place Laverne Cox – a transgender actress – in the crux of the strange and sexual goings-on as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a role originated in drag by Tim Curry.

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Missing Links

LinkNYC is an infrastructure program launched by the Mayor’s Office to replace the city’s unused payphone banks. Predicated on the promise of Internet access for all, they were promoted as kiosks with a cause—a complex network bringing connectivity to the masses and providing New York City with the world’s biggest and fastest public network. Each Link, the name seemingly plucked from a lexicon of tech-related buzzwords and given to an individual kiosk, is equipped with device charging inputs, free calling services, and a tablet for looking up city information.

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