Sex, Ambition and Acquisition (substack)
Is there such a thing as cringe lit? This is masterful cringe lit, very smart, very meta, very cringe. I mean British Office cringe, not sentimental American Office. It turns the cringe-gaze back to the consumer of cringe, and asks why we cringe the way we do...
On the Banality of Story (substack)
Care, maintenance, repair—none of this is something heroes do or heroines can restore. This kind of activity is repetitive, it aims to keep things the same or cyclical. If we can only conceive of story as transformation, discovery, conquest, production, then this type of activity is not legible in storytelling.
A Brief History of Time Travel (essay)
Time travel is the business of the storyteller, who moves us through plot. The storyteller takes us to past, present and future. Then they contort the timeline entirely: contracting and dilating moments, building tension, suspending us—then diving through wormholes, slipping through madeleine-laced trap doors