We’re accidentally living with a cellar spider who moved in sometime before the holidays. I’d had the back door open for a while so I could bring in decorations from the storage closet, and it decided that the bottom portion of our stairway looked like a nice new home. I can’t blame it because we really do have a cute little stairway, especially at the bottom because there’s one yellow wall and a self-portrait of Eli hanging above the coatrack. I thought it was a harvestman spider and that it would die soon enough without me killing it. Both of these theories have proven false. It’s a cellar spider and it’s thriving. I can’t find it to catch it, but it keeps building these spooky webs in the corners of my ceiling. I’m not necessarily bothered by the spider (I haven’t researched whether or not I should be terrified because ignorance is bliss/I’m busy), but I wanted to tell you about it now in case this escalates into a full-scale cellar spider invasion, like Arachnophobia or something, and then I bring it up and you’re like, “why didn’t you tell us you were living with a cellar spider??”
Here are some things we missed while I was vacuuming spider webs.
You Should Go or Do or Give
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Michelle Garia brings us Seven Queer Women Making Sure We All Know That #BlackLivesMatter.
+ I didn’t realize Andrew W.K. had an advice column because I live high atop a truffula tree, but here he is giving solid, loving advice to a trans woman: Ask Andrew W.K. — How Do I Make My Family Understand I’m Transgender?
+ A.J. Campbell has Queer Jewish Women Need to Create Their Own Spaces.
+ Angela Davis’s Legacy of Collective Solidarity by Jenevieve Ting.
+ Elori Kramer would like to introduce you to One of New York’s Only Two Female Iron Workers.
+ Oh wow, the many levels on which I relate to this: A Queer Feminist Hears Sleater-Kinney for the Very First Time Live at Terminal 5 by Rebecca Weinberger, my new friend crush.
+ Caty Simon interviewed Monica Jones for Tits and Sass: Nothing Scarier Than a Black Trans Woman With a Degree.
Saw This, Thought of You
+ This should probably go in the LLL, but maybe you don’t read the LLL (I’m not here to pass judgment), and maybe you don’t think of yourself as the kind of person who gives a single shit about Miranda July, and maybe you’re right, but also maybe you’re wrong. So here’s Our Date with Miranda July by Lorrie Moore for The NY Review of Books. Read ittttt.
+ Why Is It So Hard to Prove a Civil Rights Crime? Damn but this is a depressing read/reality.
+ Fascinating: What Blogging Has Become.
+ Goddamnit why didn’t I write this. Girl Scout Cookie Wine Pairings by Kristin Hunt.
Local Autostraddle Meet-Ups
A project for when the sun starts shining in your towns and cities again! Use the sun to print photos onto fabric. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES.