Jonathan and Taylor: The Two Swifts

I’ll confess that I’ve avoided writing a piece like this for a long time. I was afraid a reading...

One Loose and Tenuous Thread: Reading Bridgerton with Lukács

Art always says “And yet!” to life. ~Georg Lukács I’m late to the conversation about Bridgerton—specifically, about its counterfactual...

A Call for Corsets!

In June 2011, almost a decade ago now, I received an email with the tantalizing subject line—“A Call for...

The Problem of Fashionable Abolition: Performative Allyship Then and Now

I am filled with the most intense dread when I imagine anyone Googling my name. Now I know what...

We are Seven

Now it is down to six, or rather we are seven: six poets and one bachelorette. She is the...

The Importance of Being Earnest

“I do” is a performative speech act. You say it in the midst of a marriage ceremony and then...

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Frozen

Little in my life prepared me for parenthood. I was not raised with a soft spot for children. My...

Trump, Biden, and the Bloody American Dream

When the seventeenth-century poet John Dryden wanted to celebrate the English King Charles II’s ascent to the throne in...

Love Under These Conditions

I once heard Blakey Vermeule, a scholar I admire, describe the challenge of breaking students out of their passion...

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