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Sezin (rhymes with Celine, not resin or season) Devi Koehler is the author of upcoming Much Ado About Keanu: A Critical Reeves Theory (Chicago Review Press) now available for preorder wherever you buy books. From the publisher’s blurb:

“Thanks to his prolific movie career (seventy-eight movies as of 2023) and endearing real-life persona, Keanu Reeves has become the universal screen saver of pop culture—nobody can go a few days without some reference to Keanu or his movies popping up. But Reeves is much more than box office receipts and internet memes, and Much Ado About Keanu provides the deep dive into his art, identity, and ethnicity that this oft-misunderstood cultural icon deserves.”Thanks to his prolific movie career (seventy-eight movies as of 2023) and endearing real-life persona, Keanu Reeves has become the universal screen saver of pop culture—nobody can go a few days without some reference to Keanu or his movies popping up. But Reeves is much more than box office receipts and internet memes, and Much Ado About Keanu provides the deep dive into his art, identity, and ethnicity that this oft-misunderstood cultural icon deserves.

Despite the sometimes-mocking estimations of his acting skills—and his seven Razzie nominations—Keanu is one of the most thoughtful and talented performers of Generation X, and during his forty-year career he has made huge strides for Asian representation in spite of his identity often being whitewashed. Pop-culture sociologist and Reeves devotee Sezin Devi Koehler explores all of this, presenting insightful essays that critically examine Reeves’s creative output from an interdisciplinary and intersectional perspective.

Those who code Reeves as white miss how his multiracial identity informs so many of his mainstream films, often subverting their most straightforward themes. Criticisms of his acting overlook the popularity and the reach of his work. Koehler’s essays challenge how audiences engage with Keanu’s movies, highlighting the importance of Keanu as a multitalented artist and trailblazer, not only for racial representation but for intersectional, queer, and feminist readings of cinema as well.

Much Ado About Keanu connects existing media studies around various themes in Reeves’s films—particularly Asian and Indigenous representation, gender studies, philosophy, technology, and sexuality studies—in a “critical Reeves theory” sure to engage not just fans but all of us who live in Keanu’s world.”

Sezin has also been an eclectic writer covering diverse beats since 2003 whose cultural commentary, reviews, and other essays have been featured on The Daily Beast, Scalawag Magazine, Looper, Black Girl Nerds, Bitch Magazine both in print and online, Ravishly, Broadly, Huffington Post, Sociological Images, The Displaced Nation, The Mary Sue, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel and more. She’s a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film and television critic with Black Girl Nerds specializing in anniversary editorials and more from an intersectional perspective.

Sezin is the author of Crime Rave, a supernatural urban noir featuring feminist zombies, as well as American Monsters, a postmodern feminist horror novel.

On the flip side of writing, she was the commissioning editor for Enslow’s groundbreaking six-book Racial Literacy series. She’s currently working on a most excellent essay anthology about the social and other sciences of the Bill & Ted universe. And she’s curating Flowers Out of the Attic: Personal and Critical Perspectives of VC Andrews Dollanganger Saga, an essay collection about the shocking novel (and movie) that shaped many a young GenXer.

Sezin also offers a plethora of writing, editing, as well as astrology natal chart reading services.

After having spent the majority of her life abroad — Sri Lanka, Zambia, Pakistan, Thailand, India, Switzerland, France, Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Germany — Sezin now calls a hidden little Florida beach town home where she raises monarch butterflies and rehabilitates wounded orchids in her own yard. And yes, she totally has an orchid named Keanu.