Gay Vampire Boyfriends

In the latest issue of Esquire, columnist Stephen Marche offers an intriguing take on the current vampire craze.  In “What’s Really Going on With All These Vampires,” Marche proposes that the vampire characters are proxies for gay men, and the fantasies encoded in books like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books (for an older but no less fantasy prone audience), involve the awkward girl scoring with the un-gettable guy. Continue reading “Gay Vampire Boyfriends”

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Let The Right One In

[A NOTE ON SPOILERS: Everyone but Ishmael is dead at the end of Moby-Dick; Snape kills Dumbledore. Since this is a critical blog, not a fansite or a paid review site, I’m going to ruin the endings of pretty much everything I write about if you haven’t already read or seen them. Read on at your peril.]

I watched Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredsson’s exquisite little masterpiece Let The Right One In a couple of weeks ago and have been putting off re-watching it (or writing about it) in part because it didn’t want to lose the frisson of my first experience with the film, and dilute my excitement and affection for the film by looking at it critically. The film has stuck with me. Continue reading “Let The Right One In”