Andrea Long Chu

  • LET’S GO, LESBIANS

    "ALL WOMEN ARE LESBIANS,” the writer Jill Johnston told a packed house of rowdy New York literati in the spring of 1971, two years and forty blocks removed from the violent queer riots that consecrated the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn as Ground Zero of gay liberation. Johnston was fighting the same war in a different theater—the Town Hall theater on West Forty-Third Street, to be exact, now bristling with cultural elites who had paid twenty-five dollars a head to hear a debate on the women’s movement. “All women are lesbians,” Johnston told them, “except those who don’t know it, naturally.”

  • KNOW JOKE

    THE PROTAGONIST of Alex Norris’s Webcomic Name, hosted on Tumblr since July 2016, is a simple pink cartoon blob with four pseudopodal limbs, two dots for eyes, and a single line for a mouth, which Norris tends to draw just shy of an em dash, with the result that its owner often reads as both a little happy and a little sad, or maybe just one of those, or maybe neither. In every strip, the blob wants something. It tries on a bra or gets a new job or has a fling. It overeats and oversleeps and underprepares. It looks in the mirror, tells a secret, has a sex dream, takes public transit; it flirts,