Confronting ‘Fantasy Island’s’ Thorniest Legacy: Herve Villechaize, Sex, and Disabled Representation

ABC Photo Archives/Getty Every week between 1977 and 1983 audiences tuned in to watch actor Ricardo Montalban bring narrative wish fulfillment into people’s homes with the whimsical TV drama Fantasy Island. But more popular than Montalban was the man whose … Read more…

Trump’s Claim He ‘Saved’ Preexisting Conditions ‘Part Fantasy, Part Delusion’

“I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your healthcare.”  — Donald Trump on Jan. 13, 2020, in a tweet This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump attempted to … Read more…

‘What If Harry Potter Had Been Black?’ Tomi Adeyemi on Representation and Fostering Empathy Through Her Epic Fantasy Series

Tomi Adeyemi wants to wrap her readers in a “dangerous but warm” blanket. Her young adult novels—the hit epic Children of Blood and Bone and its highly anticipated new sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance—combine escapist fantasy with clear-eyed confrontations … Read more…

Valentino’s ‘Daydream’ Couture Collection Turns Fantasy Into Reality

Pierpaolo Piccioli is one of fashion’s best dreamers, especially when it comes to couture. His couture collections for Valentino are always infused with a sculptural purity and an unparalleled color sensibility; but more than that, they do what the 99.9% of us who can’t … … Read more…