Into It Podcasts

Into It is a weekly pop culture podcast by Elle Collins. In each episode, Elle is joined by one or more guests for a conversation about a specific pop culture obsession. The show will host a wide variety of interesting people and give them a chance to talk about the things they love. The guests include poets, dancers, writers, editors, teachers, artists, and journalists. The topics include movies, TV shows, books, comics, and music. Into It's scope is deliberately broad, leaving its future wide open.

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Notes Toward a Trans Speed Racer, by Jay Rachel Edidin

I've toyed for a long time with the idea of supplementing the podcast episodes with written posts, because there's always just so much to say. So when Rachel mentioned the idea for this piece, I knew we had to publish it, because it is wonderful. I hope to publish more essays in the future, but I'm still working out the details of what, by who, and how often. For now though, settle in and let Rachel change how you think about Speed RacerElle


Earlier this week, when we were recording Episode 28 of Into It, Elle brought up the subject of trans readings of the 2008 Speed Racer film. We talked a little about that on the showor, rather, the larger umbrella topic of gender in Speed Racer, and the fact that the movie is one of those rare franchises where you can swap out the gender of literally any character without changing the story at all.

And then the rest of the conversation bounced around my head for the next few days, and coalesced into the following (which is less a trans reading than a narrative thought experiment that’s rapidly resolving into headcanon, because I love the hell out of what it adds).

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Into It 28: Speed Racer with Jay Rachel Edidin

Writer, editor, and X-Men X-plainer Jay Edidin is back to talk about the Wachowskis' Speed Racer. The perfect cast, fascinating world-building, mind-blowing mise-en-scène, and the emergence of a cult classic. Plus Pops Racer's history with wrestling (and ninjas), and Speed finding his place within racing and the Racer family. 

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