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Happy Thanksgiving Eve (or, as I sometimes say if I’m in a particularly sour mood, Happy National Day of Mourning). For the break, I’ve been indulging in TV, and it’s been heartening to watch glee of late; they’ve toned down the celebrity tributes to Britney Spears and Rocky Horror (though I did love reminiscing about midnight showings of Rocky at the Omaha shopping mall).

This week’s story of Kurt’s anti-gay bullying–and his support network of family and Glee Club members–was timely and entertaining. Where it could have taken a wrong turn into after-school special zone, glee creator Ryan Murphy managed to bring to the fictional story a sense of community responsibility. Hell, even Sue Sylvester stuck up for the bullied teen.

Seems like Season Two is turning out to be focused on Kurt. Next week, after his transfer to the private boys’ school Dalton Academy, he participates in a version of “Hey Soul Sister” with his gay mentor, played by Darren Criss. Looking forward to it. My dirty little secret: I’ll probably always be a sucker for everything musical theater.

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Jane Lynch Thanks Wife at Emmys



Her first words at winning the Emmy: “Outlandish!”

Who else but Jane Lynch, fabulous actor and polyester track suit-wearing character that she is, thanks her wife at the Emmys?

One more of my favorite clips from Glee, in which Sue Sylvester discusses the “sneaky gays”:

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Sue Sylvester to the Gays: “Swish It Up A Bit”

The glee villainess discusses her confusion over Doogie Howser’s sexuality and medical credentials. “Why nowadays, Sneaky Gays are everywhere–at the church, at the mall, picking up their meticulously dressed, fastidious children at day care,” she says. “Why you could be sitting next to a Sneaky Gay right now and not even know it.”

Who’s getting excited for a new season of singing high school kids?

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Glee: Cause for Concern?

Yes, another post about Glee.

Try this one on for size: the dumb, blonde cheerleader (with a heart of gold–remember when she bought her friend Becky a cupcake in the wheelchair episode?) talking with the smart, multiracial cheerleader about Rachel’s outfits: “Those sweaters make her look home-schooled.”

Gawker worries that this preview means that Glee has jumped the shark. I used that phrase when I was speaking with my undergrad interns tonight, and they all stared at me with blank faces. I must be getting old.

But not too old to enjoy some giddy anticipation for Glee. Gawker worries about the prospects for a new season, as well as pitfalls to avoid from other fabulous first-seasons. I worry, too, but giving the producers the benefit of the doubt.

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Glee’s New Kid on the Block

Molly Shannon joins the cast of Glee in a recurring role as McKinley High’s new astronomy teacher, badminton coach, and, most importantly, Sue Sylvester’s wise-cracking nemesis.

I hate to admit that I’m a Gleek. (What would the New Design have been without one Asian kid?) Here’s hoping Shannon is as funny as Kirsten Wiig in yukking it up.

And here’s one of those scenes that has enshrined Glee in the parlance of every kid who’s ever done musical theater (I was half-expecting the New Orleans Saints to break out into this Beyonce number last Sunday). This number never ceases to make me smile:

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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