Friday Fix

It's Friday and time to check-in on the awesome finds discovered during the week.

Transparent (Amazon)
I recently started watching Transparent and  I'm conflicted. The Pfefferman family are not unlikeable, just not likeable. They're inherently selfish and self-centred, but have their redeemable moments and you still want them to win. It's well-written, well-cast, and beautifully shot.

What's challenging is that for all it's promo, and it's title, the conflict stems centrally from family history, not from Maura's transition. It is a story about change and identity and growing up, and Maura's story is a narrative framework for exploring family history and historical grievances and relationship dynamics. There's little depiction of broader trans issues, and most of the conflict stems from their family history. The series is semi-autobiographical, so speaks to a specific experience, and no series will be entirely representative, but there's more conflict in their personalities than in Maura's transition itself.

I've only just started season two and am looking forward to more depth as the series progresses.

Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
I started reading Kamala Khan last year in a fit of comic buying, and love it. I've been forcing myself to slow-read the series to savour the experience, but binge-read the current series over the past week, and fell in love again.

Here is a teenage superhero I can get behind. Along with new Spiderman and Moon Girl, the new Ms. Marvel is a teen discovering herself in very strange times. Raised in a world where superpowers and aliens are everyday, her transition to hero is almost the least of her worries. The only daughter of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, Kamala is a beautiful balance of teenage angst, coupling the challenges of first-generation children with burgeoning awareness and responsibilities, to be a superhero representative of modern America. She's also funny, smart, and a giant fangirl. Her family and friends challenge and support her, and are a credit to their creators in displaying such shades of personality and perspective.

G.Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona have done a fantastic job in creating a fully-realised world, with a non-typical perspective; an arse-kicking, nerdy teenage girl-hero, and I'm loving this series hard.

If anyone could identify this for me,
that would be swell
Spring time love-in

I love Brisbane Spring. It's a fantastic blend of warm days and cool nights, with the occasional storm or rain session thrown in for good measure. But what I love, with a giant  L and hard urrrrrvvvveee, is the wildlife. Spring brings the first smash of tropical colour from both flora and fauna, and all those obnoxious baby bird-squawks (feeeeeeeed meeeeee) become coherent bird-squawks and flashes of sky-bound colour.
My new digs are home to a fantastic array of native birds, Rainbow Lorikeets, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Noisy Miners, Laughing Kookaburras, Magpies and Pied Butcherbirds (to name a few confirmed sightings), and some psychedelic flowers and bloomage. It's a beautiful time of year, and I'm holding out for a few more weeks of this outside-friendly weather.

What are you loving this week?


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