Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I have been ruing this day since it became clear that the synopsis the Daily Beast posted was legit. I refuse to buy the book, and I choose to ignore the play unless it is a picture Jamie Parker as Harry Potter. That is the only good thing about the play. Since it was written like a fan fiction, I’ve chosen to see it as nothing more than fan fiction theater like Once Upon a TimeStar Trek Nemesis, or Zoolander 2. 

If you want to see Harry Potter on stage and not ruin your childhood, go see Privacy, starring Daniel Radcliffe



A List of Thoughts and Questions I had While Watching Tallulah (2016)

Featuring comparisons between Juno (2007) and Tallulah (2016)

  • Hip opening song

  • It really rushed into the topless scene. It was weird to have that come out of nowhere. I’ve had a girl crush on Ellen Page since I was 13, and to all of a sudden see her topless was strange. But it says something about the movie that nudity is handled non-chalantly. Maybe Lena Dunham’s good for something besides starting Adam Drivers career.*

  • *Kidding, kind of

  • Tallulah could be friends with Juno. They would definitely take to each other.

    • DAS

  • The scene where Lu talks about the magazine with the picture of the woman in the Himalayas makes me think of the scene in Juno where Juno talks about giving her baby to a graphic designer.

  • There’s a scene of Lu peeing. Are you kidding me?

  • Shout out to The Kids in the Hall

    • aefae
  • Now for something completely different

    • qerwe

  • I get it, you’re quirky.

    • adss
  • I’m a turtle slut. I wish Allison Janney wouldn’t insult her turtle.

  • Calling it now. Margo ends up with the doorman.

  • By the time the baby’s mother kissed Lu, I wanted Lu to take the baby and run.

  • I’m not sure if Lu should bathe with baby Madison, but the mother probably doesn’t bathe her often.

  • I’m assuming we’ll find out who the mother went out with.

  • “Dude”

  • Take the baby!

  • All I know about Allison’s character is that she is Nico’s mother and has a turtle. But I can’t not love someone who carries this many books.

    • rrr
  • It’s like every movie I watched on IFC, Indiplex, and the Sundance Channel as a teenager had a baby.


    • fefe
  • “Isn’t she just the coolest, weirdest thing you’ve ever seen? She’s so little!” You’re projecting Lu.

  • Juno: finger nails

    Lu: Toe nails

  • “Were you raised by wolves?”

    “I wish.”

    • Gold


  • asdsaws.jpg
    • You guys are getting weird.

  • Love the doorman, Margo. I know you’re taller than him, but you’re a strong woman and you don’t need a tall man to protect you. You can protect yourself.

  • Oh shit. The news is on. Margo is going to find out.

    • No

  • That is an interesting way of using a flashback; seemingly integrating it into the present. This is probably a dream.

  • It’s not that they think it’s weird you want to be a dishwasher. They think you’re making a King Missile reference.

  • Oh. That’s interesting. I didn’t expect Nico’s father would have left Margo because he was homosexual.

  • Thanks, Ellen Page, for making me question my sexuality as you flirt with a guy.

    • asxaaw
  • Allison Janney, PhD in being an Amazonian Goddess.

    • sfeew
  • This is too damn awkward! Help!

  • Formula: Lu laying down + Margo’s hair up + Lu and Margo sitting beside each other facing the same direction = Shit getting deep.

    • luno1
  • Every indie movie + one of my favorite 90’s movies Baby’s Day Out

  • Zachary Quinto (representing my neck of Penn’s Woods) as the gay

  • Oh, shit. Steven knows.

  • Steven’s a dick.


  • I don’t know how I want this to go

  • He’s back!

  • Shit. He’s going to tell her.


  • Sound doesn’t work that way

  • Oh. Dream.

  • “We’re all horrible, and we’re all just people.”

    • Moral

  • Wow a payphone. I haven’t seen one of those since I went to DC and found one in Hirshorn. I thought it was part of the gallery.

  • She’s sick. Why’s she going? Why are they leaving?

  • Lu may be getting arrested for a crime she did out of good conscience, but she should have been arrested a lot of times for crimes committed for personal gain.

  • “So you make a habit of taking toddlers into protective custody?”

  • There’s only five minutes left. There’s no time for artsiness. I need closure.

  • She grabbed onto the branch.

  • I guess that’s my closure.

Other thoughts

  • Juno was pretty close with her van too

  • This good have gone for an ending with closure, but it would either be realisitc and sad or unrealistic and out of sync with the rest of the movie. I understand that the ending isn’t realistic, but it’s symbolic.

  • I’m really pissed that the dream sequences reminded me of a book I’ve been writing for two years.Maybe its a sign that I shoud continue writing, after all, Juno was one of those movies that had a profound effect on me, for more on that go here.

  • Allison Janney is a damn gem.

  • Not only does the movie reign in Juno fans, but it also features two leads who already displayed exceptional chemistry. Ten years ago. God.

  • Lu wasn’t as hip as Juno, but she’s also less annoying.

I give it a seven out of ten.


Quote of the Day

“It really wasn’t until the moment that I did it and I was living even those days afterward where it was really like, ‘Wow’ like just thinking of the, maybe, the old things or the shame or all the feelings that at that point you might not even be necessarily as cognizant of, quite frankly. And just the feeling of such a massive shift and then it makes me think of all the people who, particularly young people, who come out and don’t receive that support, [who] don’t get a standing ovation and an outpour of love… get kicked out of their homes or hurt and, you know, we need to change that.”

Ellen Page 

Can Bookslut Return?

In a land of smarmy book reviews and a time of look and listen to me because I have a fancy degree, the destiny of a great webzine rests on the shoulders of a young woman, her name Jessa Crispin.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Jessa killed her webzine, Bookslut. It happened a few months ago, and it was big. Vulture interviewing her big. Jessa is still bebopping around. She keeps the webzine’s name as her Twitter handle. She published The Dead Ladies Project (currently reading) with the University of Chicago, The Creative Tarot (currently reading) with the Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone this year, and wrote Why I am Not a Feminist —  a piece about modern feminism and her dissatisfaction with it — with Melville House.

Crispin explained Bookslut’s origins to The Rumpus.

“…Planned Parenthood—which is a totally benevolent organization—moved me to fundraising, which I fucking hated. I cannot be nice to people on command. All they ever had me do was take peoples’ coats at events. They didn’t want me to talk to anybody. I hated it, but it also gave me a lot of free time, filled with rage, to figure out what to do. That’s how Bookslut happened. I was very bored and angry and I had a computer with Internet on it.”

The Internet is the new Aristotle. It’s a great educator, but it thinks that women are inferior. Jessa Crisipin was able to bypass the white male dominated Liternet’s insistence on containing women in obscurity, and is credited with creating the first book blog.

Jessa Crisping is a lot of admirable things. She is oh-so-quotable, something I value for obvious. Here is one of them.

…“slut” is derogatory, it’s a hate word, it’s a slur, and so we shouldn’t use it at all. It’s not funny and “how am I supposed to take you seriously when you obviously don’t take this thing seriously?” I never asked anybody to take me seriously [On the Bad Responses Women have to Bookslut]

Additional admirable qualities: Jessa is opinionated, a tarot-card enthusiast, and a college drop out.

For as inclusive and non-academic mainstream fiction is, so much of publishing is filled with writers who have gone to college. The lack of diversity and voice in literary fiction is a symptom of publishers acting like an ivy league admissions committee, where it is more about who you know and where you learned than what you can contribute as a literary citizen, because the disparity between a college student and someone who can’t afford to college or finish college is that the former has the right to be a literary citizen, and the latter is stereotyped as being incapable of being one. It’s true that a college student is usually well-read, but a bookworm can have a hard-knock life, and academia which progressively works in opposition to creativity is not always a healthy environment for someone with an artistic temperament.

This post is not just about Jessa Crispin. I was inspired to write this post last month upon learning that PANK came back to life, after announcing they were ceasing publication last summer. Not only am I happy that PANK is back, but it also gives me hope that Bookslut can come back. We need BookslutThe internet is inundated and oversaturated, but that’s only because the Internet has the world becoming more literate and with that more in love with literature. Bookslut did not have the polish of Electric Literature (a site that I dare to say wouldn’t exist without Bookslut) or the big names of The Millions, but it had simple look and a great name.

In May, Crispin told Vulture that her decision to end Bookslut was because the money  and how it compromised what she set out to do fourteen years ago. “Now it’s all directly linked to how many pageviews you get. So you can’t write about obscure literature that only ten people care about and make eight cents. You have to write about the books that all the people already know about.” How many times did you see the name Elena Ferrante today? How many of the books that are on the Man Booker Prize list did you hear about over the year? If you’re like me, the answer to the first is fifteen. Then again I’m doing a profile on Elena Ferrante for JuxtaProse because she is so popular. The answer to the second is three, only because Elizabeth Strout and JM Coetzee are big names, and Eileen has been on my TBR list since last summer.

I can’t remember when I first encountered Bookslut, but I know I fell in love with it when I came across it’s Paul Harding interview.

As a person with a promiscuous reading problem, I enjoy the word Bookslut, and I felt like I met my destiny when my dad called me a bookslut two or three years ago, without any knowledge of my love for the site.

The biggest thing Jessa Crispin and Bookslut gave me was the inspiration to start my own lit magazine last year, when I thought I would never get the chance to work at one. The reason we need Bookslut is that we need an original voice to critique and curate literature as much as we need voices of that kind writing  literature. If it never returns, we’ll always have the website (hopefully), and it can stay there as a point of reference for my peers and some of Crispin’s peers, to see something a little different and how the literary Internet began.

Reading Philosophy

This summer, I’ve taken quite the liking to reading books on philosophy. It’s given me the idea of writing about my philosophies when it comes to reading.

Should’ve Read the Children’s Crusade as a Child

Types of books; ones we regret wasting our time on, ones we never finish, ones we wish we read sooner, ones that fit our life so perfectly it feels like fate, ones that become a part of us, and ones that mean nothing to us. A book can be in multiple categories or move into a different one with time, though there are exceptions. The ones you never finish will always be the ones you never finished, and the ones you wish you read sooner because you think it would have made you or your life better, will always be the ones you wish you read sooner. I tend to think that books are kind of like language, the earlier you’re exposed to them, the better.
Slaughterhouse Five follows in the “wish-I-read-sooner” category. I had reached the last page of Slaughterhouse Five and had to take a pause. The prayer in Montana’s locked, it was the same on the bookmark my Aunt Jean gave me days prior was on the stand beside my bed as I read, for I found the words on the bookmark comforting. Therefore, while it is a book that I wish I read earlier, I can’t say I didn’t read it on time.