Posts Tagged: queer

Gateway Literature

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Over at the New Yorker, Stephen Burt reviews Ariel Schrag’s Adam, a graphic novel about a straight man who finds himself in the midst of New York’s queer scene. Almost as interesting as the novel’s contents is its publicity: where trans characters were once cast as charity cases, psychopaths, anything but simply human, now Adam is being marketed as mainstream literary fiction:

…it tries not to lose readers unfamiliar with the complicated labels and the sometimes surprising bodies of the gender-variant people Adam meets: he’s learning about them, and from them, and (the novel assumes) so are we.

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Kickstarting “Desire”

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Yony Leyser, director of the documentary about William S. Burroughs, is making a feature film about Berlin’s queer community, and he needs your help to crowdfund it. Over at IndiewireLeyser explains his desire to deglamorize the city’s dark underground scene and explore what it means to be a member of a community whose definition is constantly in flux:

I go back and forth from being firmly committed to the “queer community” to being totally and completely disillusioned with the concept and diametrically opposed to it.

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The Lowdown on Queer Feminist Comics

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“Sexuality is more than gay and straight, and probably even more than LGBTQIA. Comics are here to help.” So read the delightful subhed for Greg Baldino’s LARB review of two anthologies of comics about gender and sexuality.

The books are The Big Feminist But and Anything That Loves, and though he’s frustrated by certain limitations, he also finds much to praise, including a comic by our very own MariNaomi.

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Support Sister Spit

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Back in 1994 in San Francisco, Sini Anderson and Rumpus contributor Michelle Tea cofounded Sister Spit, a “a weekly, free, all-girl open mic” that challenged the status quo of the male-dominated open-mic scene.

It wasn’t long before they took the show on the road, “with shows every night in a different dive bar, art gallery, queer club, sushi restaurant, punk basement, community space throughout the USA.”

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Heidelberg

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My father laid his guns down on the kitchen table next to our box of Cocoa Puffs: the .38 from his ankle and the .38 from his hip, as flat and lifeless as my expression.

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