Amok Time

Today I published a piece on CBS’s official star trek dot com about “Amok Time,” the big deal gay Star Trek: TOS episode, and inherited mental illness. Even if you don’t care about Star Trek, I really recommend watching this episode. It’s a heartbreaking romp of desire and subtext, a genuine masterclass in saying what you’re not saying. Plus, there’s a scene where Kirk’s shirt rips in a horizontal line exactly at nip level. A blessing. It’s not explicitly about the Queen of Cups, but they’re definitely in there. (It’s important to me to not preempt my writing with qualifiers, but I do want to note that I did not think this was the ending that would be going to print.)

New friends here from Emily’s exceptional guest post, hi! Mostly, Friday pieces look like this one about The Star and TV as a sacred text, or this one about The Two of Wands, How To Get Away With Murder, and the year of straight anal.

Go have good weekends! If you are not in a city, please jump in some leaves so I can live vicariously through you.


I’m currently reading on sliding scale, including barter— get in touch if you want an individual and/or group reading!


Content will continue to be free until it’s way safer to go out. Also, grad school is expensive! Subscribing is $5/ month and $50/ year, and if you have some disposable $$ I would love it if you did (or sent me a Venmo tip @james0ctober). Be safe, watch TV. <3