Episodes
Writings on culture, identity, and a bunch of other things from Emily St. James.

Latest

Apr
12
Elmo, the tiny, furry, red Muppet from Sesame Street, smiles. He's shrugging for some reason.

April mailbag!

7 min read
Apr
10
It's the distracted boyfriend meme! A guy looks at a girl in red as his girlfriend (in blue) looks disgusted with him.

Romance and the infidelity trap

Should more romance novels involve cheating? I say yes!
8 min read
Apr
08

Submit those April mailbag questions!

1 min read
Apr
05
Sydney Sweeney, hair done up in curls, hood around her head, tears up in extreme close-up.

Immaculate and horror's increasingly brazen death cults

5 min read
Apr
03
Hannibal (from the TV show) sits at a table covered in flowers, a skull, and other arcane symbols.

Repost: On Hannibal Lecter, transness, and creation through annihilation

What does it mean to change your body?
6 min read
Mar
29
Dot, played by Juno Temple, whisks something together in a ceramic mixing bowl.

Fargo Season 5 and the morality of fictional universes

8 min read
Mar
27
The headshots of the six bachelors and six bachelorettes from Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley bachelors and bachelorettes, ranked

Plus: An impassioned defense of Haley.
10 min read
Mar
23
Paul stands atop a rocky outcropping to address his throngs of followers in Dune: Part 2.

Dune: Part 2 and (trans)gender prophecies

5 min read
Mar
15
A man and woman, both in robes, face an unseen person just offscreen.

March mailbag!

6 min read
Mar
09
The enormous hologram of Maarva hovers above the citizens of Ferrix, addressing them at her own funeral.

Andor Fridays: Episode 12, "Rix Road"

9 min read