Manuel Betancourt

Links Next Door (02/14/14)

February 14, 2014 · in Links Next Door

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working diligently on my dissertation.

Profiles in Criticism: B. Ruby Rich. A great series on CriticWire that profiles experienced voices in film criticism. I’m obviously partial to this one, about B. Ruby Rich, who has been such a great advocate and insightful critic of what she dubbed “the New Queer Cinema.”

“‘Hard to Handle’: Camp Criticism, Trash-Film Reception, and the Transgressive Pleasures of Myra Breckinridge: Speaking of queer cinema, if you’ve ever seen the ill-fated, universally derided film based on Gore Vidal’s Myra Breckinridge (Time magazine called it “as funny as a child molester”)this article on the way Myra has become a trashy cult icon is a must-read.

I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. Gingerhaze (of the amazing “The Hawkeye Initiative” fame) has produced a great comic on the way comic book stores can (inadvertently?) be unwelcoming spaces for women).


Please Watch ‘Transparent,’ Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor’s Amazon Comedy About a Father’s Transition: Flavorwire’s Michelle Dean is a bit more ecstatic about one the latest Amazon pilots to be offered on the site in hopes of gauging audience reception, but I have to agree that Solloway’s LA-set dramedy about a family going through several intersecting crisis centered on sex, gender and relationships, would be welcome in our current TV landscape.

Be All Your Selves: Joss Whedon’s 2013 Wesleyan Commencement Address on Embracing Our Inner Contradictions by  over at is a great read. Listen to Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers fame) give the address below and hop over to read Popova’s great take on it.