Mere-mento Mori

Content Warning: Death and dying I think about death a lot. Partly because it’s a requirement to receive admission into a liberal arts graduate program and partly because she’s my favorite character in Sandman. Coming from a giant Sicilian-Italian-Irish Catholic family that absorbs people like some sort of basil-scented, hand-flailing siphonophore*, we go to so … Continued

Brian is Ze Smashes the Status Quo with “Bricks (Came to Slang)”

Without Marsha P. Johnson, there is no LGBTQIA+ liberation. At least, not as we know it now. 50 years ago today, she threw the first brick of the Stonewall Riots and forced Americans to take seriously the oppression of those marginalized along sexual orientation and/or gender lines. Yet racism and anti-trans sentiments continue to spread … Continued

The Best ASMR Channels to Help You Escape Primary Season

As with anyone who doesn’t jazz hands over sentient Vienna sausages bloviating a Great Pacific Garbage Patch’s worth of reheated sub-Nextdoor tantrums on an hourly basis, my mind’s been on how to yank politics (and society on the whole) away from the influence of the types who believe mass-murdering Satanic cults ran daycares in the … Continued

Insecurity, Imposter Syndrome, and Improv

Content Warning: This piece discusses the emotional and physiological elements of anxiety in detail. Note: The anonymous performer mentioned in this piece has read and approved the measures made to protect her privacy. I barfed after performing in my first comedy festival. Left for the parking lot to change into my staff t-shirt and gifted … Continued

Anyway, I’m Directing My First Show

Look, I’m just as surprised as anyone else that a woman who was once called “spatially unaware” by a high school theater teacher was trusted with directing a cabaret show, but hey. I totally was. Laura Estrada, Caryn Fulda, Dan Perez, and I created the super fun and campy Midnight-ish Mayhem, which we’ve been touting … Continued