How the Blacklist Shut Progressive Women Out of TV and Created a Leave It to Beaver Lie

It’s common to evoke the notion of a simpler time, as evidenced by television programs like Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best, depicting white nuclear families cozy in freshly built suburbs. But really, those shows were an imaginary universe created by a very specific set of conditions—and not by widespread…

One Hundred Years Ago, Thanksgiving Was About Murderous Children Stalking Turkeys

We think of Thanksgiving as one of the most wholesome secular holidays—if not the most wholesome—but if you were to ask turkeys how they feel, they might not be so kind in their assessment. And if you asked the turkeys depicted in these holiday greeting cards from the early 20th century, I’m sure they’d be happy to…

Resisting Nostalgia, Plot, and Everything Else with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Sketchtasy’s narrator isn’t unreliable as much as she is inconsistent. Undependable. Frustrating, even. She’ll give you a timeline all broken up, hopping from corner to corner to center left chunk as she haphazardly pieces it all back together. She’s late, she’s early, and, when she’s on time, she’s almost too on…

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