Best literary insults, stalking Eileen Myles, queer readings of Harriet the Spy and more.
Valentine’s Day Edition! A collection of lady-loving-ladies I love loving a lady I also love in a somewhat official manner.
Join Justin Vivian Bond, Barbara Browning, Vivien Goldman, Karen Finley, Johanna Fateman, Eileen Myles, and Laurie Weeks as they read from the new print edition of PUSSY RIOT! A Punk Prayer for Freedom at Barnes & Noble Union Square on February 7.
This week in literature: reading writers you hate, choosing your own adventure, evolving libraries, an interview with Eileen Myles, Gertrude Stein and more.
In which all books mentioned herein were published after 1975 and almost everybody is both female and still alive.
“Recently I wrote a poem on the notebook on my iPhone on the subway platform. I like to move around.”
This week in lesbian lit: Project Unicorn, science, keeping a notebook, weekend book festivals, and a new excerpt from Eileen Myles.
This week: Eileen Myles, Emily Books, lesbians in comic books, Lady Business, technology and fiction, and what we’re reading.
“Girlfriends will love you and leave you, but your four-legged friend’s desire to wake you each morning with an enthusiastic lick will never waver.”
I believe this is what the kids call “relevant to your interests.”
“The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes To Their Younger Selves is an anthology of letters about life getting better in Adult Land, but it’s also a tiny peek into the histories of some of your favorite queer authors.”
Carmen’s Team Pick: On Wednesday, March 28, Eileen Myles is coming to American University in Washington, DC, and nothing in my life will ever be the same. Will you please come along?
“Suddenly it all became very clear to me what made the two books different, what brought them together, and what let them stand alone. And suddenly I was crying.”
I want to help you have a conversation with Eileen Myles. It starts on the Internet.
Everything about this is something you love.
Rachel’s Team Pick: “I think it’s quietly genocidal. I mean in a spiritual sense. Instead of pole dancing you can be a pleasure rug. Just lie down! The money will come.”
“Every time I read a new Eileen Myles book, I ended up carrying it on me for weeks. I think I’m going to end up with a good collection. I would never lose it.”
“Speaking frankly as a lesbian I have to say that the salient fact about the danger zone I call home is the persistent experience of witnessing the quick revulsion of people who believe that because I love women I am a bottom feeder. I am desperately running towards what anyone in their right mind would be running away from. Which is femaleness, which is failure.”
Did you read Inferno by Eileen Myles, our first-ever Autostraddle book club selection? I sure as hell hope so, BECAUSE IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.
In perhaps the most unsurprising move of 2010, we have chosen Eileen Myles’ ‘Inferno’ as our first official book club pick. Get excited!