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Playwright. Chaos Muppet. Raconteuse. Twitter's gay Catholic aunt. Author of the time travel series THE REWIND FILES. Long threads, all caps, can't lose.
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May 22 6 tweets 1 min read
Fleabag
NewsRadio
Mare of Easttown
Gentleman Jack
The Good Place
Halt and Catch Fire
Black Sails
Happy Endings
Hacks
Leverage "wow claire that's a lot of perfect shows" yes well i like things
May 21 5 tweets 2 min read
Alice and I are three episodes into s2 of “Gentleman Jack” and I’m aggressively here for the surprise villain arcs of both Thomas and Mariana tbh????? also we are both Team Railroad and Team Grandma Lawson, Ann’s only fun relative god I love this gay-ass show
May 21 4 tweets 1 min read
like, i cannot stop you from reading jk rowling or watching dave chappelle in the privacy of your own home

but if in the year 2022 you are PUBLICLY PLATFORMING them, you've made a clear and unequivocal statement about where you stand on trans rights. sorry. that's just a fact. if you have a podcast or a movie studio or a production company or a comedy tour, and it has finite space and resources, and you choose to allocate any of those resources or that visibility and airtime to them and people like them, that's the ball game
May 18 4 tweets 1 min read
has anyone done a summary of how Trump-endorsed candidates are doing nationwide overall? i feel like i've seen some wins and some losses but I don't have a full sense of the landscape having read a few articles, it now seems that the overall vibe is "most of Trump's endorsements have won, but that's because he frequently just slapped his name and logo on the transparently obvious winner"
May 18 4 tweets 1 min read
this is fascinating because the narrative really was "disaffected Oregon Democrats hate everything and are half-assing this primary because no one cares about anything anymore" and it's absolutely wild to realize how far off base that was from the actual results with the exception of Portland City Hall, everything on my ballot was a pretty solid win for progressives, many of those wins weren't close (Darleen Ortega won her judicial race against the creepy Hitler stan like 65/35!), and it seems like it was record-breaking turnout, soooo
May 18 4 tweets 2 min read
"Long Conversations With Interesting Women," and it would just be two hours of me talking to different women I think are awesome about whatever topic they have really strong opinions on, from politics to skincare products to comic books unfortunately, since I never again want to give my life over to the work of editing a podcast, it never went further than a draft list of names in my Google Drive
May 18 4 tweets 1 min read
Kurt Schrader of the Oregon 5th, the Kirkland Signature Joe Manchin of the U.S. House of Representatives, is getting his ass kicked by a lesbian

what a night to be an Oregon gay did not expect this to be such a controversial take with Costco Stan Twitter
May 18 4 tweets 1 min read
my therapist says i'm allowed to stare at politics twitter only until the Oregon results come in and then i have to log off and go write so i don't lose my mind spiraling over what's going to happen in November slightly comforted by the fact that so far the GOP gubernatorial primary seems like a hot mess split a million different ways while the Dem primary seems to be reflecting a pretty decent lead for Tina Kotek, a solid progressive (who would be our first lesbian governor)
May 17 4 tweets 1 min read
I got redistricted this year and was bummed I no longer get to vote for the rad Tawna Sanchez of the Native American Youth & Family Association; but then I found out my new district incumbent is Travis Nelson, first Black LGBTQ person to serve in the Oregon state legislature! one thing I hate about where I live is airport traffic noise, but one thing I love about where I live is that my state-level house and senate reps are always extremely cool progressives
May 17 4 tweets 2 min read
update: it is currently over 65,000 and it's going to take me at least another 15,000 to finish the two interludes and the rest of this unfinished chapter so i guess this book is going to be a doorstop can i just. turn it in as is. with these highlighted bullet points in red that just say "this happens" "then this happens" "then this happens" and let everyone just make their own word pictures

i am very tired
May 16 5 tweets 1 min read
once more, for the folks at home:

1) racism is not a mental illness
2) thanks for further stigmatizing mental illness by implying it leads to violence
3) that manifesto was a cogent, deliberate statement which drew on established GOP rhetoric, not an unhinged and impulsive rant what if we just kept guns out of the hands of people who HAD ALREADY BEEN INVESTIGATED AFTER A CREDIBLE THREAT THAT HE WAS LIKELY TO COMMIT MASS VIOLENCE
May 16 6 tweets 2 min read
I spent ten years as a lesbian Catholic youth minister doing the respectability politics thing and not only did it not stop the harassment or demands that I be fired, it cost me my wholeness of self and made it impossible for me to find love

0/10 do not recommend realizing your acceptance in the church where you were baptized and raised and received the Sacraments, where you sang in the choir with your father since you were twelve, where your mother did the flowers for weddings, is conditional on being single forever, is a shitty feeling
May 15 6 tweets 2 min read
this is about The Little Mermaid but it’s also about Percy Jackson and Doctor Who and Star Trek etc etc etc

white people: hear this. if it bothers you to see Black faces onscreen where white faces used to be, you are actively feeding the system that leads to violence. you can tell yourself whatever you want (“Rick Riordan wrote her as white!” “why does Star Wars need to be woke?” “The Little Mermaid is Scandinavian!”) but at its root it’s the same fear behind the Buffalo shooting: whiteness being replaced. if that upsets you, ask yourself why.
May 15 9 tweets 2 min read
this tweet is, of course, excruciatingly stupid and racist, but I BEG you to gift yourself a few minutes of cruising through the replies. people really brought their A game to the work of destroying this man here’s a great one

May 15 12 tweets 2 min read
something fun about being a writer is that no one can stop you from throwing in self-indulgent treats purely for your own entertainment, like 150 pages of apocalyptic time travel chaos which is also a long-form love letter to Billy Joel's album "Glass Houses" never before have I written a chapter with a more apt title than "You May Be Wrong, For All I Know, But You May Be Right," and when you get there you'll agree with me
May 15 11 tweets 2 min read
sorry but i can't get over the man who plans to buy this website just now announcing that he's discovered how to switch from top tweets to latest tweets

we really do let rich men buy tech companies and then rebrand themselves as tech geniuses instead of tech purchasers somewhere out there is a person who sincerely believes elon musk is an inventor the same way they believe donald trump is a builder of hotels and to them i say, slapping your name and logo on a thing does not mean you are smart enough to have made the thing
May 14 4 tweets 1 min read
minorities who do bad things are always accused of being representative of their entire group and the whole group is punished for it, but cishet white men are always unique individual cases who get excuses and exceptions and the media will never concede the group is the problem conservative white men with guns are the biggest threat in our society and it's maddening watching the media just. never really have the nerve to say it
May 14 4 tweets 1 min read
MAGA Trekkies must be so torn between wanting to performatively praise "Strange New Worlds" as a fuck-you to the other Trek starring gays and Black people, and wanting to shit on it for positing that the 21st-century war which broke Earth began with our current fascist uprising when they showed that Jan 6th footage as part of the montage where Pike explained to the alien planet how hate and bigotry destroyed the planet, I was like "oh damn a lot of shitty people aren't going to know what bad opinions to have about this"
May 14 5 tweets 1 min read
it is a blah gray day and i don't feel well and writing is hard and slow and i'm being extremely mean to myself because i churned out like 30k words in one week and then it's like my brain ran out of steam??? very annoying to be so needy for affirmation that this book doesn't suck so i'm motivated to keep writing but i have to actually write it before anyone can tell me it doesn't suck
May 13 5 tweets 1 min read
boy the existence of twitter sure has changed my relationship with bette midler in some unexpected ways imagining myself going back in time to tell 19-year-old claire that someday a website would exist where i could see bette midler sharing her every thought and opinion and they'd be so bad i would have to mute her
May 13 8 tweets 2 min read
there's a hot butch pilot on "Strange New Worlds" because New Trek is for the gays

also baby Uhura is an ANGEL Pike is great because he's like if Kirk was a DILF and not a fuckboy