Back in the Blogging Saddle: What’d I Miss?


I’m almost as happy to get back to writing as Therese was when she met Carol *sigh*

I’m back, and boy does that make me happy.

Sometimes it’s difficult to make time for the things you love, especially in moments of intense transition. The last nine months (it really hasn’t felt that long!) have seen me working my first 9-5 job, adjusting to a new city, singing in and volunteering with the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, donning drag for the first time, and making countless friends along the way.

There have also been plenty of movies. I’ve devoted more time, in fact, to good old-fashioned cinema-going in Philadelphia than I had in previous years, thanks in part to cheaper ticket prices (I’m still milking my NYU student ID card for all its worth) and in part to Cinema Salon, a wonderful film discussion group I’ve joined here.

So, what have I seen? What’d I think of the Oscars? Did the right queen win season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race? These are the important questions in life, no? Let’s play catch-up. Continue reading


Shantay, You Stay: 5 Reasons I’m Obsessed With RuPaul’s Drag Race (And You Should Be, Too)


I am a huge fan of television. Reality competitions (Project Runway, Top Chef, Survivor) and narrative shows (Mad Men, Six Feet Under, Queer as Folk) are all fare game. And in this age of binge-watching I have been devouring more series than ever before.

There is one show, however, that has continually sunk its well-manicured claws into me; this year the obsession continues. I’m talking about RuPaul’s Drag Race, for my money the best competition show on television, and perhaps one of the least respected.

Now in its seventh season (not counting that sort-of unfortunate All-Stars outing), Drag Race is a hybrid of countless other shows, made significantly more entertaining by its drag premise. Essentially, 14 drag queens from across the country compete each week in challenges testing their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent (you work out the acronym). Disciplines include stand-up comedy, acting, improv, aesthetic beauty, sewing, dance, and, through it all, a real emphasis on individual creativity and vision. Each week there is a runway of some kind, after which one queen wins while two other find themselves in the bottom; then, they must Lip Sync For Their Lives, and whoever impresses the least is sent packing.

Sounds fun, no? It also happens to be moving, poignant, hilarious, and incredibly melodramatic, all the while maintaining an undeniable sincerity. Whether you’re a long time fan or a first-time watcher, follow along as I explore five reasons Ru and her gals stick with me long after the episodes end! I’ll make a convert out of you, I promise. Continue reading