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Hot Author Torrey Peters

Detransiti­on, Baby is the subversive read of 2021

- JERRY PORTWOOD

When Torrey PeTers, 39, was writing her debut novel, Detransiti­on, Baby, she imagined how “trans girls talk to each other” — about sex with bad men, jobs, babies — and used the Trojan horse of domestic novels to examine assumption­s about what it means to live in America.

“So the project was to ask, what happens when you put a trans woman into one of these domestic American social novels?” Her sardonic answer: “You may keep your KitchenAid stand mixer, but you may lose your nuclear family.”

The story is centered on Reese, a 35-year-old trans woman living in Brooklyn who longs for motherhood — but is in a rut of risky sex with married men. Then her ex, Ames, adds a snag by asking her to help him raise a baby with his new girlfriend. Reese isn’t just angry at the request, she’s furious because she was in love with Ames when she was Amy, before she decided to “detransiti­on” and go back to “living as a man,” as Peters says, because of the transphobi­a she faced.

Peters tackled the taboo subject because she knew from experience that it was a lingering possibilit­y. “I don’t think ‘detransiti­on’ is a bad word, but for some people it is,” Peters says, understand­ing that it could fuel transphobi­a. “I’d written some hedges in early drafts — characters using words like ‘multiple transition’ — but I was like, I’m just going to be brave.”

Her approach resonated with filmmaker Zackary Drucker, a producer on Transparen­t. “She’s been able to communicat­e trans experience in a completely transcende­nt way,” she says. “It’s one of the most effective examples of a narrative being able to completely shatter people’s notions of transness.”

After much critical and audience praise, it’s being developed for TV, with Peters executive-producing and writing the pilot episode. That’s made her consider how other takes on the intertwine­d love lives of New Yorkers have been depicted. “It’s still unimaginab­le to people to treat trans women with the same casualness, and to think that they might have the same sort of lives and concerns, as the Sex and the City women,” Peters says. “The subversive radicalism in doing something like that — it’s exciting for me.”

Weed edibles are more popular than ever. That’s because they’ve overcome a notorious problem: When marijuana goes through the digestive process, it can be hard to tell how high you’ll get or how long that high might last. Thanks to advances in weed technology (and years of nanotechno­logy R&D), brands across the country are releasing products that offer targeted highs that come on quickly and wear off by the time you need to drive home. Here, five different types of new weed tech and how they aim to get you high.

DRINKS

Cannabis beverage sales rose 40 percent in 2020, to $95.2 million. CANN — whose “social tonic” is one of the bestsellin­g cannabis drink brands in California — uses a process called nano-emulsifica­tion, which allows cannabis-infused oil to dissolve in water, and leaves no discernibl­e taste. While the company offers options with either two or five milligrams of THC, there are plenty of variations out there: KEEF’S cans of classic soda come with a 10 mg kick, while Pabst Blue Ribbon has licensed its name to a group of former employees who just launched a lemon seltzer with 5 mg.

GUMMIES

Gummies years, ways ally, edibles to developers make have pass them long through have even been come more a the favorite, effective. up digestive with but innovative Tradition- tract in recent and are ta-9-THC metabolize­d (what we by know the liver, as “standard” which converts THC) into dela more potent form, 11-hydroxy-THC, which can lead to an hours-long, intense high. Nanotechno­logy breaks down cannabinoi­ds like THC and CBD into tiny particles that are quickly absorbed into the bloodstrea­m, so the effects can be felt in 20 minutes or less in a gummy. SUNDERSTOR­M was one of the first companies to use nanotechno­logy to create fast-acting gummies, which come in 5 mg and 10 mg options. Colorado-based WANA BRANDS has also developed a line of quick-onset gummies that kick in within 15 minutes, with effects that last for about three hours.

DISSOLVABL­ES

There are many tiny capillarie­s under the tongue, making it a great place to get THC directly into the bloodstrea­m. That’s what lets sublingual squares like KIN SLIPS, which offer a range of low-dose THC and CBD in mood-targeted formulatio­ns, take effect in as little as 15 minutes. For a minty-sweet flavor, suck on Kiva Brand’s PETRA MINTS, which dissolve 2.5 mg of THC for a quick-onset perk-up.

PILLS

1906 DROPS are formulated using pharmaceut­ical techniques, which makes sense, since they’re essentiall­y mood-altering pills. The aspirin-size tablets mix 2.5 mg or 5 mg of THC with plant adaptogens for a variety of targeted experience­s — from energy and arousal to relaxation and sleep.

LIQUID CANNABIS

Water-soluble and fast-acting, liquid THC like

ALT can be added to drinks, medicating anything from cola to cocktails. Unlike tinctures — where the cannabinoi­d is extracted by soaking weed in a substance like alcohol or glycerin — the new generation of liquids is made using nanotechno­logy. When it’s absorbed through the salivary glands, the onset can be felt in a matter of minutes. These vials of flavor-neutral concentrat­e contain 5 mg or 10 mg of THC — as they say, with edibles, go slow.

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