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Second Mango cover art

Cover art for The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. The cover shows two mangos, one with a image of a green dragon on the skin.

After one heck of a hiatus, we’re back!

First: after some thought, I decided to change the name of our book club to “Beyond Binaries Book Club” instead of “NonBinary Book Club.” (more…)

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Via Tor.com. [Image: cover of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. The cover shows an open wooden door in a doorframe in the middle of a forest.]

What’s the Beyond Binaries Book Club?

While Book Club might have fallen a bit by the wayside as I (and many of the other participants in this group and in my blogging community) have spent the post-election weeks calling representatives, donating, and just reading, reading, reading everything about bills and political issues and the Electoral College and trying everything to get through to the people who are not concerned about marginalized groups because it’s easier to say “you’ll survive, don’t be a sore loser” than “you and your loved ones might be in danger and your fear is rational, what can we do to help each other? I am listening.”

Plus, Thanksgiving, that great “oh god please no one talk politics at the dinner table but also I am angry and feel like yelling” holiday is this week. Maybe you need a nice fantasy book to warm your heart as you crash in the guest room or on the couch, or to give to your cousin or sibling who just came out, or to remind yourself that you are real, you exist, and you matter.

In light of this disaster of an election, I want to highlight groups relevant to each post where you can donate, volunteer, share with others, utilize, and/or learn more. Since today’s book features ace and trans youth, here are a few ways you can support them under the VP-elect’s anti-LGBTQ Christian extremism.

The Trevor Project, which has support for LGBTQIA and questioning youth, and is ace and trans inclusive. In addition to the (telephone) hotline, there are also options to text and chat; the hotlines are staffed by trained counselors. If you’re an adult, you can receive training for youth-serving professionals.

Trans Lifeline deals specifically with trans issues and is staffed by trans people. A $25 donation pays for someone’s call. The Lifeline received 400 calls on election night–essentially a month’s worth of calls.

PFLAG: don’t let the name mislead you: “Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays” covers all our rainbow alphabet-soup letters, not just LG. If you have an LGBTQIA family member or friend and want to learn how to be a good ally* without relying on that person for your education, this is THE place to go. And not just for straight and cis allies: maybe you’re bi+ or trans and your partner isn’t–go together. Maybe you want your parents to see other people like you, or they want to network and advocate for you. Maybe you need a guided space to sort out your feelings about your orientation or gender, or had someone come out to you and want to educate yourself. There’s plenty of reasons to attend. There are chapters all over the country. *Note: including within the queer community–trans and nonbinary individuals and bi+ are marginalized within the monosexual-cis queer community.

Finally, here’s an article on supporting ace youth.

Our Sept/Oct 2016 book: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.


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Season 3 of Carmilla just came out and I am attempting to watch in between work, writing, and travel, so I’m only halfway through. (It is magical and lovely so far, even if Season 0 was a bit over the top.) But buckle in, creampuffs and Silas alums, because next year we’re getting a MOVIE.


Image: Screenshot of Carmilla Season 3 trailer, featuring Natasha Negovanlis as Carmilla Karnstein and Elise Bauman as Laura Hollis.


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Friendly reminder from your neighborhood queer AFAB type that “lesbian” is not the same as “queer women” ~~~~~☆

THAT SAID, this genius list of fake queer-lady horror films is hilarious (and BTQ inclusive):

Image: Fake Movie Poster for "Single Cis Straight White Female" with trans activist/actress Laverne Cox looking rightfully pissed at a white actress

Image: Fake Movie Poster for “Single Cis Straight White Female” with trans activist/actress Laverne Cox (as character Sophia Burset) looking rightfully pissed at a white actress Source: Autostraddle


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[Image: movie poster for The Blue Hour, with Tam sitting next to a mostly empty swimming pool]

Have you heard about people being hidden by spirits? They will hide people they want to take. You will never find someone they hide until that person dies.

I got to see The Blue Hour (Onthakan) (2015), a Thai horror film directed by Anucha Boonyawatana, as part of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2015. Teenage Tam is bullied at home and at school for being gay. He meets Phum on (basically) Tindr, and the boys meet for a tryst at an abandoned swimming pool. After Phum tells him the pool is haunted by spirits, Tam’s life and sense of reality begin to unravel.

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After falling in love with Carmilla the webseries, I finally decided to read the original novel by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I was expecting it would be a lot of labyrinthine Victorian prose or Dracula-esque fear of/male-gaze at women’s sexuality. It’s actually a novella, and the prose, aside from some outdated turns of phrase, is easy to read.

Illustration by Michael Fitzgerald for Le Fanu's story Carmilla in The Dark Blue (January 1872), electrotype after wood-engraving, reproduced in Best Ghost Stories, ed. Bleiler. Source

Illustration by Michael Fitzgerald for Le Fanu’s story Carmilla in The Dark Blue (January 1872), electrotype after wood-engraving, reproduced in Best Ghost Stories, ed. Bleiler. Source [Image: a wood-carving of Carmilla, seated and in dark clothing, holding the hand of Laura, who is standing, as a funeral procession passes.]

I shall begin by describing her. She was slender, and wonderfully graceful. Except that her movements were languid-very languid- indeed, there was nothing in her appearance to indicate an invalid. Her complexion was rich and brilliant; her features were small and beautifully formed; her eyes large, dark, and lustrous; her hair was quite wonderful, I never saw hair so magnificently thick and long when it was down about her shoulders; I have often placed my hands under it, and laughed with wonder at its weight. It was exquisitely fine and soft, and in colour a rich very dark brown, with something of gold. I loved to let it down, tumbling with its own weight, as, in her room, she lay back in her chair talking in her sweet low voice, I used to fold and braid it, and spread it out and play with it. Heavens! If I had but known all! (pp. 57-8, Overdrive ebook)

I’m sure Carm and Laura are just gal-palling it up all over Austria–


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In this Gender Reader, the wage gap: international edition, masculinities in Chinese and Korean dramas, Ariana Miyamoto, and research on attitudes toward coming out in Japan.

[Image: Isetan ad featuring Italian Japanese model Saira Kunikida with text “This is Japan.”] Via Grits and Sushi.


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You're damn right this page has issues.

You’re damn right this page has issues. [Image: screencap of the Wikipedia page for When Marnie Was There with the statement “this page has some issues” at the top


To be clear: I have not read the book, and I assume the movie is faithful to the original plot points.

Review contains so many gifs and some spoilers–the plot twist is embedded in a link, but there are a lot of pictures.

Miyazaki protégé Yonebayashi adds Studio Ghibli magic to Joan G. Robinson’s classic ghost story of a shy teenage tomboy who befriends a young blonde girl who may not be of this world. Subtitled, Ages 8+.

Here was my thought process throughout the movie:




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"Off to flip a table at the PM!"  Hiromi Nakasaki holding an umbrella poses for a photograph in Tokyo. Now, Nakasaki visits Tokyo every month to promote herself as a freelance business consultant. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

“Off to flip a table at the PM!”
Hiromi Nakasaki holding an umbrella poses for a photograph in Tokyo. Now, Nakasaki visits Tokyo every month to promote herself as a freelance business consultant. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Not too many links this time, but some longer commentary on gender and eldercare, marriage rights, and trans rights in Japan.


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As with many of the stories contained within Yoshiya’s Hana monogatari, “Yellow Roses” ends in tears. The story’s focus is not on plot, however, but rather the beauty of the two young women and the depth of their feelings for one another. Entire paragraphs are spent on detailed descriptions of mournful eyes and chiseled cheekbones, and the poetry of Sappho is quoted at length. As in the above passages, Yoshiya’s writing is characterized by fragments and ellipses, which heighten the emotional impact of certain scenes while leaving the reader free to fill in the suggestive gaps in the text with her imagination.

Contemporary Japanese Literature

Yellow Rose

Title: Yellow Rose
Japanese Title: 黄薔薇 (Kibara)
Author: Yoshiya Nobuko (吉屋 信子)
Translator: Sarah Frederick
Publication Year: 2014 (America); 1923 (Japan)
Publisher: Expanded Editions

I’m absolutely thrilled to write that one of Yoshiya Nobuko’s stories has finally appeared in a readily available English translation. “Yellow Rose” is drawn from Yoshiya’s acclaimed collection Hana monogatari (Flower Stories), which first appeared in print in the 1920s and has been a major guiding influence in shōjo manga, literature, and aesthetics. Thankfully, Yoshiya’s fiction is not just important from the perspective of literary history but also a true delight to read.

The short story “Yellow Rose” is about Katsuragi Misao, a twenty-two-year-old college graduate who accepts a teaching post at an all-girls prefectural academy “a thousand miles distant from Tokyo” to avoid getting married. On the train departing from Tokyo she meets Urakami Reiko, who happens to be a student entering her…

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