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Do TV Shows Elect Presidents? The West Wing and Game of Thrones

by Ira Livingston The TV series The West Wing (1999-2006) did some groundwork for the election of Barack Obama in 2008.  During the eight long, depressing years of the presidency of George W. Bush, the show kept liberal hope alive that another more progressive future was possible.  If you watch it now, it’s embarrassing to see how blatantly the […]

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Soundtrack for World’s End by Jack Halberstam

World’s End And in 2020, the world ended. What the waves could not batter down, what the winds could not blow away, what the feral beasts could not ravage, what the sun could not burn, what the ice could not freeze, what the dust could not smother, what the waters could not drown, the virus […]

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Consider the Pandemic Plushie

Guest Blog for Bunker Bloggers by Scott Herring The past few weeks have witnessed an astonishing efflorescence of deviant typologies: the blasé super-spreader, the face toucher, the way-too-close cougher, the spring breaker, sun bathers en masse, the 5G cell tower arsonist, the N95 mask hoarder, the paper towel price gouger, the hydroxychloroquine profiteer. To varying […]

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Baffled Bunnies and Curious Cats to the Rescue: Covid19 Comix from Singapore

by Sonny Liew for Bunker Bloggers (originally published on the author’s FaceBook page on March 16, 2020, reblogged by permission of the author) “Baffled Bunny & Curious Cat” by award-winning artist, Sonny Liew, based in Singapore, depicts how Covid-19 temporalities and the exigencies of queerantine care are played out in different sites around the world, in […]

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Safe Spaces

By Damon R. Young for Bunker Bloggers “It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, an image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation.”  -Walter Benjamin, The […]

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Queer Coronasutra, or, How to have promiscuity in a Pandemic

By Eng-Beng Lim for Bunker Bloggers “We are able to invent safe sex because we have always known that sex is not, in an epidemic or not, limited to penetrative sex. Our promiscuity taught us many things, not only about the pleasures of sex, but also the great multiplicity of those pleasures.” — Douglas Crimp, […]

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What the Storm Blows In…by Jack Halberstam for BunkerBloggers

  That feeling when…every dystopian novel you have ever enjoyed, read and reread is suddenly happening in your own neighborhood! While my mind immediately turned to Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, Neville Shute’s On the Beach, Camus’s The Plague, the book I was actually reading when I […]

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Just Joking: Notes on the Comedy of Hannah Gadsby By Jack Halberstam

When she steps out of the magic circle of comedy here, leaves out the punchline and instead descends into a rant, Gadsby, believes she is leaving a shitty genre behind. But in fact, ‘the love it and leave it’ mode she performs IS the genre.

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A (K)night of a Thousand Butches by Jack Halberstam

TV giveth and TV taketh away. Over the course of a few memorable evenings of television viewing recently, millions watched as Arya (Maisie Williams) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolin Christie) on the final season of Game of Thrones, lost their virginity to men.  Meanwhile over on Gentleman Jack, an aristocratic female-bodied lord (played by Suranne […]

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Dear Tom: Missions Possible and Impossible

By Jack Halberstam Your mission, Tom Cruise, should you choose to accept it, is to self-destruct within 5 seconds of reading this message. Oh, you did that already, several times, and in public, and on Oprah and in documentaries about the Fascist Church of Scientology. Still, please do it again and mean it this time. […]