Hello and welcome to another episode of the hottest new podcast on the lesbian block, To L and Back — this week, Kristin and Riese (that’s me) watch The L Word Episode 104, “Longing,” and then talk about it out loud. We also laugh a lot! I am confident that if you listen to this, you will enjoy yourself.
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- “Dirty Pictures,” written by Ilene Chaiken, covers the story of the 1990 trial of Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center director Dennis Barrie, who was under fire for allegedly “promoting pornography” when he brought a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition to his museum. Here’s a Washington Post article looking back on the controversy, the trial and its impact on how fine art is seen today.
- An Artsy article about “Sensation,” a controversial exhibition that came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999, raising a bunch of controversy, which I have generally assumed was also an inspiration for the “Provocations” storyline.
- Here’s when Holland Taylor’s came out
- Here’s Basically Everybody Who Was In “The L Wordwp_postsAnd Also Is Gay Now
- How ‘Sex and the City’ Ruined the Cosmo
- Stendhal Syndrome: can art be so beautiful it almost kills you?
- My bowl cut
This week’s big switch was at the very end, when Lucinda Williams’ “Right in Time” was replaced with some other nonsense assortment of notes and words. I’ve had mixed feelings about it over the years — whether its mood, which is pretty upbeat for what’s transpiring, was appropriate for the scene — but I did love listening to it back then! And its way better than the substitute song.
Hot tip: if you have a DVD player, you can also subscribe to Netflix DVD, which still exists, and has every season of The L Word as well as lots of queer films you can’t get on Netflix streaming — But I’m a Cheerleader, Saving Face, The Favourite, If These Walls Could Talk 2, The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love, Fucking Amal/Show Me Love, Saving Face, Imagine Me & You, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desert Hearts, Personal Best, Disobedience, The Watermelon Woman, The Hours — and so many more. Also Netflix unfortunately is not paying us to tell you this, but they should.
If you do buy the DVDs, do it through our links so we can get a kickback: Season One is here. By the time Season Two began, streaming existed so those rights were, in fact, negotiated. Season One is the only season in which this ongoing tragedy is a thing. So you don’t need to buy the complete DVD set unless, you know, you appreciate great modern art as much as Bette Porter and Peggy Peabody do.