I’m friends with a five-year-old named May, and she is so amazing. I have known her since she was a few weeks old and love spending time with her. And she loves spending time with me. But, sometimes, I have to tell her I can’t spend time with her. Sure, sometimes I’m tired or something else social comes up. But, often, it’s my work. And, like all things I tell and model for her, I think about what lesson I am teaching. It kills me that, at the age of five, May is learning about America’s prioritization of work above all else. About how it dictates our life. About how we let it give us value. I think our vocation should give us value, it should give us identity, but I also think, in the United States, we let our careers hold sway over too much of who we are. When you meet someone at a party, one of the first things you ask them or they ask you is, “What do you do?” This is a euphemism for: “What is your career?” It not only assumes that you have work, but that the work defines you. I don’t want to teach May that, but, when I find myself explaining why I can’t spend time with her, more and more the answer is work. That is what she is learning. She knows I love her—at least I hope she does—therefore, she is left to conclude that career is as important if not more so than love or relationships or community. And that breaks my heart—not only for her, but also for me. Because I don’t want that reality to be true… but I fear that it is.

My sister was my first fandom friend, the person who I would stay up late with discussing Star Trek and The West Wing when we were young and didn’t even know what “fandom” was. This is why it is so fitting that she is my podcast partner in discussing our favorite pop culture of 2017. In our first co-podcast, we talk about the content that mattered most to us in 2017.

Content discussed:

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Hugh Jackman (Logan & The Greatest Showman)
  • Twin Peaks
  • Skam
  • Big Little Lies
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Supergirl
  • The Flash
  • The Expanse
  • Yuri on Ice
  • Doctor Who
  • The Good Place
  • Check, Please
  • Orphan Black
  • Wonder Woman
  • I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Steve Roger’s Beard
  • Gifted
  • Queer as Folk
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • Sweet/Vicious
  • WorldCon

Listen to our podcast here:

On Television

How Rachel Talalay Helped Shape the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who (August 2017)

On Movies

Toxic Masculinity is the True Villain of The Last Jedi (Den of Geek, December 2017)

On Books

From Star Trek to Buffy — How to Write Oral Histories of Beloved TV Shows (Den of Geek, December 2017)

Den of Geek’s Best Fiction Books of 2017 (December 2017)

Autonomous Review: Love, Robots, and Identity (September 2017)

On Fandom/Internet Culture

What TV Networks Still Don’t Understand About Fandom (Den of Geek, April 2016)

Ngozi Ukazu Interview: On Check, Please and Beyond

Who is Doctor Who For? (Den of Geek, December 2017)

How Harry Potter Shaped Modern Fandom (Den of Geek, 2016)

In Podcast Form

Den of Geek Book Club Podcast: Annalee Newitz on Autonomous

Colonize This! Episode 1: Classic Doctor Who

More Than Memes #1: The All Things Pride & Prejudice Podcast

The Televerse #235: In the Flesh with Kayti Burt