I am a queer woman. I will not be attending another Pride.

I am a bisexual, black woman. I have been out for over 3 years, but had yet to attend a Pride parade, so I wanted today to be my first. I hold issue with a lot of aspects of Pride festivals, including its insidious corporate stronghold and inclusion of uniformed police in the parades. But like so many people, I thought I could shelve the voice in my head in favor of queers in tutus, party floats, and rainbow confetti.

After the experience I had, I will never attend another Pride parade, and if you have any sense of allyship, you will examine the ways you celebrate Pride, too.

 

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Fast Review: “All the Crooked Saints” by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked SaintsAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“All the Crooked Saints” is so strangely paced that it was hard for me to get into it. I loved the premise and was really into this sort of agnostic-take on miracles. But by the time it felt like the book was finally moving toward something concrete, and not just Stiefvater waxing poetic or dropping proverbs, there was only a quarter of the book left.

If this book had been written by anyone else, literally anyone who doesn’t have the slinky, clever, tricky verbiage that Stiefvater has…it would have been horrible. Given that it was her who wrote it, it’s still a good book, but it’s not great. The ending feels rushed and disappointing given how full of description the rest of the book is. Otherwise, it’s worth reading just to get a taste of what masterful description and character-building look like.

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