Dr. Thomas J. West III
Political, cultural, and social commentary from a quasi-academic perspective
Created 12 Jan 2021
  • Discovering the Pleasures of Daniel Craig's James Bond
    11 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    I have a confession to make: I have watched only a handful of James Bond films. I haven’t avoided them for any particular reason; it’s just that I’ve never felt the urge to indulge in the violent, kin...
  • The Pathos of Performance in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"
    08 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    For those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Tammy Faye Bakker was a figure of fun and derision, routinely mimicked on Saturday Night Live and the butt of jokes delivered by late night hosts an...
  • Your Weekly Joy: October 6, 2021
    06 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Hello, dear readers! In lieu of a regular piece of analysis, I thought I’d do another installment of my “Your Weekly Joy” this week, since I’ve been reading and watching a lot these past few weeks. If...
  • Review: "The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers"
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    In some ways, we seem to be living in a golden age of LGBTQ+ rights, at least those of us that live in the global north. In the United States, for example, the last decade has seen a sea change when i...
  • Book Review: "The Women of Troy"
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    When I first read Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls back in 2018, I remember being struck by a number of things: by the skill with which she gave Briseis, one of the most fascinating yet ephemeral...
  • Book Review: "The Definitive "Golden Girls" Cultural Reference Guide"
    29 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    If you’ve been following my writing career for any length of time, you know one thing about me: I’m a huge fan of The Golden Girls. It’s the one show that I know I can always turn to and it will give ...
  • The Pleasures of Poirot: "Appointment with Death"
    27 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    In this week’s installment of “The Pleasures of Poirot,” I want to talk about one of my favorite mystery novels, Appointment with Death. This is one of those Christie novels in which the action takes ...
  • "The Other Two" and the Pursuit of Queer Happiness
    24 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    I first heard about the comedy series The Other Two when I saw a photo of two of its characters floating through Twitter. At first, I didn’t give it too much thought. After all, I had plenty of other ...
  • The Transcendent Joy of Seeing "The Golden Girls" on the Big Screen
    22 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    When I heard that The Golden Girls was going to be shown on the big screen in select theaters, I have to say that I had some mixed feelings. Yes, anything that elevates the public profile of my favori...
  • Mad for Marple: "At Bertram's Hotel"
    20 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Having read two Poirot books in a row, I decided I wanted a bit of a change, and so I dove into At Bertram’s Hotel, one of the later Miss Marple mysteries. In the book, everyone’s favorite spinster sl...
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