Category Archives: Television

In Search Of Autism Characters Who Aren’t Awkward Savants

Julia, the autistic Muppet.

Julia, the autistic Muppet.

Television and film have a characterization problem right now.

Writers in these fields have been creating autism-related characters who are often portrayed as one-note awkward savants or, occasionally, some other worse stereotype.

Falling back on this sort of typecasting is a hack-y disservice. Sarah explained why in an essay for Pacific Standard.

To read it go here.

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Titanic Is Mine, Not James Cameron’s

Titanic

Titanic

One of Sarah’s deepest and most enduring interests is the Titanic.

Not the movie, the actual doomed ocean liner.

This vessel/subject of much imaginative speculation is also an interest for filmmaker James Cameron and Sarah is having none of it.

She explained why in a personal essay for Electric Lit.

To read the full thing go here.

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I Went To The Island Where They Filmed ‘The Prisoner’

Sarah in Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed.

Sarah in Portmeirion, where The Prisoner was filmed.

The Cold War spy television show The Prisoner and its complicated man vs. himself storyline had a profound impact on Sarah.

So much so, that this past summer she made a pilgrimage to Pormeirion, Wales, the unique island where the show was filmed.

Sarah wrote about her experience — and what it means when you feel your special interest so deeply — in a feature story for Catapult.

To read the story go here.

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“Miami Vice,” The New, Hot Fashion Trend

Miami Vice

Miami Vice

Sarah, possessing the unique always-40-per-cent-too-early sense of style she does, is convinced that “Miami Vice” is the next great fashion trend.

Though some may scoff at the idea of a surprisingly dark late-1980s cop show moving runways, Sarah presented a very plausible case in a feature piece for A-Side.

To read it, go here.

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W. Kamau Bell And The Influence Of Bruce Lee

W. Kamau Bell (left)

W. Kamau Bell (left)

Comedian and television host W. Kamau Bell is a huge fan of action hero Bruce Lee.

He’s also a great example of Lee’s enduring influence on culture.

Sarah wrote about this in a piece for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read it go here.

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The Bushido of Miami Vice

The "Bushido" episode of Miami Vice

The “Bushido” episode of Miami Vice

One of Sarah’s favourite Miami Vice episodes is an anomalous journey into Edward James Olmos character Detective Lieutenant Martin Castillo’s heart of darkness.

There’s a lot to unpack in this episode about secret-ninja Castillo and Sarah did just that in a feature story at Jet-Li.com.

To read the full story click here.

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Ronda Rousey And Martial Arts’ Influence On Pro Wrestling

Ronda Rousey, professional wrestle-pointer

Ronda Rousey, professional wrestle-pointer

Ronda Rousey’s appearance at Wrestlemania this weekend is going to be a very big deal.

It’s also the latest in a very long line of links between martial arts and pro wrestling.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.

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