Review: Alex As Well

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Dude looks like a lady

 

Before the words were added the cover of Time magazine’s May 30th edition would have resembled just another attempt by a periodical to shift copies by employing a sultry woman in a tight-fitting dress. The headline, though, paints a different picture: ‘The transgender tipping point: America’s next civil rights frontier.’ The woman in the photo is Laverne Cox, star of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. The appearance of Miss Cox (a perhaps somewhat wistful surname) on the cover of America’s biggest current affairs weekly was, as many media outlets phrased it, the first such achievement by ‘an openly transgender person’ (a claim that allows for the intriguing possibility that previous Time covers have been infiltrated by clandestine transgenderists).
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Review: Undertow

by Ross Grainger
by Ross Grainger

Undertow by Joanna Nadin

 

One of the greatest Simpsons episodes in the show’s illustrious history is ‘Cape Feare’, in which Sideshow Bob bluffs his way out of prison and sets out to finally murder the boy who put him away, Bart Simpson. During Bob’s parole hearing a skeptical lawyer asks Krusty’s former sidekick about the tattoo on his chest: “Doesn’t it say, ‘Die Bart Die’?” “No,” Bob replies calmly, “that’s German for ‘The Bart The,'” which prompts a woman on the committee to remark cheerfully, “Nobody who speaks German could be an evil man.”
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