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  • Banned Book Club gives deeply personal context to government censorship and violence

    It’s hard to imagine a world where Banned Book Club could be more relevant than it is right now. If it’s not clear from the title, the graphic novel revolves around a group of young people who meet to read and discuss books banned by their government. It’s set in South Korea in the early 1980s, a time that most

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  • Are gay men kinkier than straight men?

    I have a question. I’m a gay man in a relationship and we’re both really happy since we met a year ago. We’re “open” in the sense that he wants the option to be intimate with someone else if a connection happens and in turn he said he would be supportive of me being involved in my kinks. But I haven’t done anything

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  • 920London explores young queer love in the ’00s emo scene

    For many queer youth, escape is the ultimate goal. Escaping a family that won’t accept you; escaping a society that diminishes you; and perhaps the hardest of all, escaping the internalized pain and trauma that eats away at you. Emo scenesters Kiki and Hana are trying to break free from their idle lives in Remy

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  • Revel in ’90s nostalgia with a 78-minute discussion of Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

    It’s officially summer, and The Big Orange Couch is the nostalgic audio equivalent of hearing the ice cream truck from your backyard kiddie pool. A breezy recap show for fans of old-school Nickelodeon classics, hosts Andrew and Joey showcase wildly specific knowledge of everything Nick. But their expertise really

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  • 5 new books to read in July: Charlie Kaufman, Zadie Smith, and more

    Every month, a deluge of new books comes flooding out from big publishers, indie houses, and self-publishing platforms. So every month, The A.V. Club narrows down the endless options to five of the books we’re most excited about. Read more

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  • Self Care is a timely beach read that skewers wellness and performative feminism

    Has there been a more corrupted term in recent years than “self-care”? What used to be a battle cry of resistance for Black and queer social justice activists, has morphed into a buzzword meant to sell expensive face creams, a yoga retreat in a five-star hotel, and any product that inches you closer to whatever

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  • This teenage Roman emperor may have been the earliest recorded transwoman

    Whatever Elagabalus’ failings as chief executive, it’s always the sex scandals that grab the headlines, even 1,800 years later.

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  • This Dungeon Critters exclusive puts an adorable spin on dungeon crawling

    With the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons over the last few years, comics has seen a rise in dungeon-crawling fantasy stories that offer fresh takes on the conventions of role-playing games. First Second has already seen huge success with its graphic novel adaptations of the RPG podcast, The Adventure Zone, and on September 29, the publisher releases Dungeon Critters, offering a kid-friendly take on the genre with a team of animal adventurers. Created by cartoonists Natalie Riess and Sara...

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  • This week in Savage Love: Pesky, horny coworkers and post-quarantine sex

    I’m committed to my male partner and he’s committed to me. (I’m a woman.) But we both understand we need to flirt and that we will both want to sleep with someone else at some point. We live together, we have a dog, and neither of us believes in marriage. We plan to purchase a house in the coming months. Here’s the

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  • You Must Remember This unpacks a Hollywood love triangle, and on Rivals, Billy Corgan’s got beef

    Recorded before the pandemic, the most recent episode of Inappropriate Questions deals with grief, particularly the ways in which the question “How are you?” affects people dealing with loss. One of the guests this episode, Michael Cruz Kayne, lost his son a decade ago, and the other guest, Kayla Moryoussef, is a

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  • Chicago's famed iO Theater is closing

    The New York Times reports today that Chicago’s iO Theater, a long-cherished institution in the world of friends begging you to come out to see their struggling improv team do a show at 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night, will not survive the COVID-19 shutdowns. Owner Charna Halpern announced the news yesterday via an email that was later posted to Facebook, confirming that she’s finally been forced to accept the suggestion that the asshole in the back of the audience that is the coronavirus simply...

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  • Only Ottessa Moshfegh could have written Death In Her Hands, a grisly murder-mystery without a body

    Late in Death In Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh’s third novel, the narrator recalls an incident with her dog, Charlie. One day she let Charlie loose in a park, where the pet soon shoved its face and rolled around in what the narrator at first thought was a dead animal, but which turned out to be shit. “I stood back

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  • Blowjob issues, from autofellatio to how rough is too rough?

    I’m a 32-year-old straight guy. My wife and I have been married for four years and together for nine. We have a great marriage and all is well. We have been quarantining at home since March. During this time, we have been exploring things sexually, which has been really fun. We have also been talking more about our

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  • What we're reading: Trixie And Katya’s Guide To Modern Womanhood

    In our monthly book club, we discuss whatever we happen to be reading and ask everyone in the comments to do the same. What Are You Reading This Month? Read more

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  • Made Women Drea de Matteo and Chris Kushner share the Sopranos episode they can't wait to explore

    Binge watches and rewatches are increasingly popular, thanks to quarantine-related lockdowns. Sure, some of those restrictions are lifting in various states, but why risk it when you can race to finish Cheers before it leaves Netflix, or otherwise fill in some of the glaring omissions in your pop-culture diet? Read more

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  • Amanda Seales’ Small Doses and other podcasts explore the Black Lives Matter movement

    If there was ever a time for African Americans to get drunk and complain about why we still have to remind folk that Black Lives Matter, it’s right now. Actually, the hosts of this weekly podcast have already been doing that for a couple years now. On each episode, Black Nerd Problems writer Oz Longworth Jr. and

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  • Bayard Rustin was a key figure in the civil rights and gay rights movements

    In a time when living as an openly gay man was extremely rare, Rustin did so because “If I didn’t, I was part of the prejudice. I was aiding and abetting the prejudice that was part of the effort to destroy me.”

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