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Katie-Read reviews. A little bit of everything, but mostly romance. Expect the occassional flash of scifi, fantasy, horror, though.

Review: Meg Myers’ Take Me to the Disco

Meg Myers is some of my favorite mood music for suspense and angst- ever since she blared into my world scream-singing “You’re in my heart, in my heart, in my head,” (Heart, heart, head) and “Sorry that I lost our love, without a reason why,” (Sorry) and “I’ve gotta hunt you, I want to bring you to my hell”(Desire). She has a particular talent for walking the line between anguished, sultry, self-punishing, and desperate. In other words, the perfect music for the third-act black moment, or for a twisted game of cat-and-mouse.

For those seeking more of her plaintive screams, you may be disappointed. Perhaps some of it is that it’s difficult to maintain a career built on that sort of vocal technique long term, and perhaps some of it is simply that her choice of producers and songs didn’t mesh as well with the old style, but Take Me to the Disco is in many ways quieter- instrumentations are often minimalistic, augmented mainly by piano, strings, and “atmosphere” aside from the beat, more alt-pop ballads suitable for dancing. 

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Review: Fast Girl, on Tits and Sass

It’s been a hella crazy month. Lots of new titles up, including some ones that are wildly different than what you’ve seen from me thus far. But on top of that, I can now cross one thing off my bucket list: writing for Tits and Sass.

As is probably very obvious, I’m a huge fan of sex worker-centered media, because there’s so few opportunities for us to talk about our stories in ways that aren’t framed by outsiders’ ideas about it. And Tits and Sass has been one of the safest places for sex workers to talk about issues that matter to them, and their own experiences. Writing for them is a dream come true.

So clicky clicky to get some thoughts on Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness, the newly-released memoir of Suzy Favor Hamilton, an Olympic runner turned escort.  While you’re there, poke around to see some amazing discussions  on sex work in the media, and a host of other stuff.

 

 

Review: $pread

Okay. So for those of you who aren’t familiar with $pread, it was a sex worker targeted and run magazine that had a pretty good following and presence a decade ago. It’s still quite sad that it stopped being produced, although other sex workers have definitely stepped up to provide other outlets to make SW voices heard, through Zines like Working It (Full disclosure- I’ve submitted some writing to Working It.), sites like Tits and Sass, and through blogs and platforms like Tumblr.

Basically, there’s a lot more ways to speak out, but back in the day, $pread was really daring for collecting sex workers’ voices. Pretty cool stuff.

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