“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 112: Looking Back, Live From A-Camp!

Hello it’s time for a wildly special episode of “To L and Back! Why is it so special? Because we recorded it LIVE FROM A-CAMP. It was actually super long but our dear lord and savior Lauren/Karen Klein edited it down for your enjoyment. We were talking about the one the only the DINAH SHORE EPISODE in which all the ladies go to Dinah Shore, except for Bette who stays at home to do deep breathing exercises around the carpenter. You’ll experience Be Steadwell signing live with the audience and sharing her L Word memories, A-Camp co-director Marni Kellison lending her authority as a carpenter and Autostraddle Executive Editor Laneia joining us to discuss our own experiences at the lovely Shore of Dinah. Also this is the episode where Shane puts a little water bottle next to Jenny in her bed just in case she needs it, which was cute, remember that?

Episode Index:

+ Beavis and Butthead watch TV
+ How a Small Party in the Desert Became the Biggest Lesbian Festival in America (Los Angeles Magazine)
+ Brooke Means Business: Talking to Dinah Shore Masterbrain Mariah Hanson (Autostraddle)
+ Autostraddle’s Dinah Shore coverage overall
+ Our 2010 Trip to The Dinah (when Laneia broke her ankle), which you have to read each one starting from the bottom and working your way up, we have no idea why we did it like that, we did it both years!
+ Our 2011 Trip to The Dinah (when I went to the ER):
+ A thing I wrote about going to the emergency room in Palm Springs
+ Special guest Marni, my ex-girlfriend
+ On Catherine Opie:
Revisiting the Art World References of The L Word
Insert Lesbian Here: Catherine Opie and the L Word – Jonas NT Becker
Artists Attack! Ten Lesbian Photographers You Should Know (About)
+ Closer to Fine
+ For more information about Tallulah Bankhead, check out Top 10 Most Sexually Prolific Lesbians and Bisexuals Of Old Hollywood
+ Uh Huh Her’s Camila Grey: The Autostraddle Interview
+ It’s True, Lesbians Own the Most Cats

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  1. And the less I seek my source for some definitive
    The closer I am to fine, yeah

  2. I always look forward to this podcast and this week’s was supremely excellent.

    I remember back-in-the-day loving Candace and going on the message boards on seeing the virulent racism and classism slung at the character and actress by die-hard Bette/Tina shippers (I refuse to use their portmanteau).

    • ugh i hate that so much!!!! honestly also the worst was when those attitudes were slung around AND they used the portmanteau of “TiBette” which like, no, you cannot! (that’s why we always say Bettina’s, even though that was not the preferred term)

        • hahaha interesting! yeah when i was doing the recaps all those millions of years ago, my girlfriend at the time was very involved in free tibet stuff and the first time i said TiBette around her she was like “what??!!!” and then was like “ok no that’s really culturally insensitive” and i was like ok and then i started using Bettina instead!

          • Thank you for your answer.
            I’m so used to TiBette that I can almost hear a record scratching whenever you say Bettina but I guess I’ll get used to it

  3. Damn, girls, you can DRINK!
    What do you think about this:
    Every once in awhile, let your readers/listeners vote-in a very special podcast in which you will review an episode from any season, out of synch from the chronological trajectory.
    Some of us can’t stand to wait possibly years to hear your review of Dawn Denbo and her lover Cindy, for instance.
    But take some time to think about it. Have a drink.
    Have another drink!
    There now, isn’t life wonderful?

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