Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hawaii Five-0 – The new girl in town (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

I will admit it — when I first heard Larisa Oleynik was going to be joining the cast of Hawaii Five-0, I was super concerned. I have been burned many times in the past by a show that starts off with excellent team interplay centered around a bromance that may or may not require the b, only to have the show writers freak out and add an obligatory female character/heterosexual romance which eventually murders the original dynamic that drew me to the show in the first place. And, unlike most of my friends, I didn’t have cable growing up, so I couldn’t even muster up the excitement that Alex Mack was joining the Five-0 task force. Instead, I knew her as “that girl who was totally mean to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 10 Things I Hate About You even though he was way too good for her”. (I mean, he learned French for her, damn, have a heart, Bianca.)

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Vows (Originally for hitRECord)

I promise when you really see me for the first time
That something in your chest will stutter and jump-start,
That when you blink, I’ll still be there –
Sweaty palms, crooked smile.

I promise to put new skin on your old heart,
Tender and aching to the touch.
That we’ll kiss in giddy silence
(My nose cold against your cheek, soft and heavy air between us)
In our tiny, breathless world.

And I promise we’ll settle gently into love
And it will be like gravity, like morning snow;
Hushed, an inevitable falling.

(Originally posted here)

Clacking with Julia – When a kiss is not a kiss (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

As anyone who goes to the livechats may have noticed, I’ve stopped watching Glee. There are a lot of reasons, and I was taking a break from writing an article on that (and what causes me to break up with shows in general) when last night’s Big Kiss (you know the one) happened. Immediately I was tweeted, e-mailed, and IMed with people going, “Oh my gosh, Julia, are you watching Glee?!? There was just a gay kiss! Did you see the gay kiss?!?”

See, anyone who knows me knows that if there’s one thing I love, it’s my gays. (Specifically, my gay boys. I can’t really help it, there’s something about the face of a boy in love that just gets to me, and then when there’s two of them looking at each other simultaneously in love? Be still, the pitter-patter of my heart.) And two boys kissing on national, prime-time television? Normally I’d be all over that like white on rice. But this time, I wasn’t, because I’ve broken up with Glee. But I did watch the clips relating to the kiss, and I have to say? I’m still not impressed.

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Tonight’s Top Stories (Originally for hitRECord)

In tonight’s news,
A plane crashed over Arkansas, killing everyone aboard
The Dow Jones is down twenty-five points
And there is a tsunami bearing down on Jakarta

Police are still looking for a missing mother and her three children
Who are presumed to be dead
Congress remains in gridlock
Unable to agree on a bill
That could mean financial relief for hundreds thousands of families

The bloody revolution in Sri Lanka continues for the twenty-second straight day in a row
Eight Fortune 500 companies have announced mass layoffs
And could your refrigerator be giving you cancer?
We’ll have the shocking details later.

But we start tonight with our top story
Today two unknown people saw each other
As if for the very first time
And that was when they fell in love

(Originally posted here)

Clacking with Julia – Everything I needed to know about feminism I learned from 30 Rock (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

I generally describe myself, to people who don’t know me, as something a lot like Liz Lemon. Maybe the product of a one-night stand between, like, Liz Lemon and Abed from Community. And, as I have mentioned before, like, a couple billion times, Liz Lemon is my feminist superhero. But after the latest episode of 30 Rock there’s been a lot of discussion and linking to articles old and new — is Liz Lemon actually a feminist? (And here’s another.) Does Liz Lemon/Tina Fey hate women (or at least, certain women)?

My answer to all of the following is this: Yes, Liz Lemon is still my feminist superhero. For exactly the reasons I’ve described before. And this episode did nothing to change that.

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