I’ll be thinking of Nancy M. Johnson’s invention today as I eat ice cream with my lunch. And afternoon snack. And dinner.
When HBO’s Bessie premieres May 16 to bring the Empress of Jazz back to life, nobody will be skirting the issue of Bessie Smith’s bisexuality.
A Cinderella story, with less bibbidi bobbidi and a lot more astronomy.
“She could be difficult, she could be stubborn, she could be outrageous and she always stood up and spoke out for bisexual people and challenged biphobia even in the most hostile environments. Blessed Be.”
On flappers, Zelda Fitzgerald, and sleeping around.
The first album I came to own on vinyl was “Pearl.”
On the lady who wrote this to Virginia Woolf – “You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it.”