This book is, in essence, a bit of well-written fan fiction of a literary character that most people don’t give more than a passing thought to. It isn’t high literature. It isn’t meant to teach us things about the human experience. But, sapphic love is great and needs as much representation as possible, so cheers to that.
This episode covers the topic of hate crimes, specifically toward the LGBTQ+ community. Our guests include Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderama, US Attorney Phillip Talbert with the Department of Justice, Daren Miller with the Stop The Hate Town Hall plus Dr. Katherine Fobear of California State University Fresno discussing the new LGBTQ+ minor at the university and the upcoming fundraiser “A Love Letter To Fresno’s Queer West”.
In case you missed it… Listen Now to the edited version of our radio broadcast from December 2022: Proud Boys and Pride Flags… plus Best of pop culture of 2022!
In case you missed it… Listen Now to the edited version of our radio broadcast from November, 2022
This book feels like a bit of a throwback to the more male-centered Thriller/Adventure novel and includes several familiar cliches and tropes, but it also can sit comfortably in the realm of Contemporary Fiction because while violence might be the beginning and end of the action, there is a lot of introspection and relationship building as well.
And no, it isn’t entertaining because of the plot. We all know what is going to happen and when and pretty much how. It is very close to a story via paint-by-numbers. So, what saves it? The characters.
It is an important book. Not just for broadening one’s horizons, but also as a historical document. This book was (and still is) very important to the canon of queer and trans literature. For that reason alone, it should be read by anyone who wants a decent working knowledge of queer/trans history.
The Election Episode from October 21st, 2022. Our special guest is Will Johnson, Legislative Officer from the Kennedy Club. We discuss the upcoming election and the propositions and measures on the ballot in California.
As is common in the genre of romance (and in YA) there is not a lot of character development but there is a fair bit of personal drama and angst. And while the characters are interesting and their fashion senses are extremely on point, I will say that I wanted more.
Our guests included Carlene Mendez of Westcare, Julio Mastro of the Fresno AIDS Walk, and Kathleen Arambula Reyna of the Fresno REEL Pride Film Festival. Chris and Kaylia also discuss Suicide Prevention and our regular feature: the Good News / Bad News.