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I'm trying to find some books about early women photographers, including descriptions of the cameras and techniques they used, but ran across
this page with photos,_early-20th_c.
and thought some of my friends might enjoy it.
I think the 1913 photo of a party of women in male attire sounds like a great inspiration for a 21st c. party.
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The Boston LGBT Film Festival will be May 3rd - 13th. Check out this year's Highlights and Events. We hope to see you there.

For more details, visit:

May 9th - Wednesday
Sci-fi Night & Reception
Brattle Theatre

7 - 8:30 Outland, Part I

8:30 - 9:30 CasablancaReception

9:30 - 11 Outland, Part II

Join us for Sci-fi Night with a hilarious Australian comedy tv show that revolves around a gay science fiction club. Following Part I, join us at Casablanca for drinks and free apps. Finish the night off back at the Brattle for Part II.
more special events listed below )
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Kes: 'Cause you know what a hotbed of radical politics "Archie" is. Also, am I the only one who as a kid thought the comic would be more interesting if Betty and Veronica were the main couple?
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from the Harvard Bookstore newsletter

by Hanne Blank

Publisher Beacon Press
Publication Date 2012-01-31
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780807044438

Like the typewriter and the light bulb, the heterosexual was invented in the 1860s and swiftly and permanently transformed Western culture. The idea of
“the heterosexual” was unprecedented. After all, men and women had been having sex, marrying, building families, and sometimes even falling in love for
millennia without having any special name for their emotions or acts. Yet, within half a century, “heterosexual” had become a byword for “normal,” enshrined
in law, medicine, psychiatry, and the media as a new gold standard for human experience.
In this surprising chronicle, historian Hanne Blank digs deep into the past of sexual orientation, while simultaneously exploring its contemporary psyche.
Illuminating the hidden patterns in centuries of events and trends, Blank shows how culture creates and manipulates the ways we think about and experience
desire, love, and relationships between men and women. Ranging from Henry VIII to testicle transplants, from Disneyland to sodomy laws, and from Moby Dick
to artificial insemination, the history of heterosexuality turns out to be anything but straight or narrow.
With an eclectic scope and fascinating detail, Straight tells the eye-opening story of a complex and often contradictory man-made creation that is all
too often assumed to be an irreducible fact of biology.
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Kes: I note that the gay character discussed is characterized by his aloneness, his lack, which leads to a comparison with the physically disabled and non-normative, and ultimately the statement that such oddities always desire to be other than what they are, namely, "chaste, healthy, firm, upright, hard...his opposite...".
This is one of the main reasons I often use the word "queer," because ideas about non-normativity in fiction and media images are often layered over and/or next to one another in ways which conflate say, physical non-normativity with sexual non-normativity, and both are held up as "the reverse, the obverse, the wrong side."
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Kes: I'm trying to find out if there will be any description provided for the visually and hearing impaired, but so far have not found contact info., science fiction, and spontaneous combustion--that sounds like good theatre to me.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities  
A performance work by Jay Scheib

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, After Samuel R. Delanyʼs Dhalgren, Adapted and Directed by Jay Scheib

Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14,  7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15,  2:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston (
Tickets: For ticketing information, please visit:

MIT Professor Jay Scheib, named one of 25 artists who will shape the next 25 years of theater by American Theater Magazine, returns to the ICA stage with
a new work, based on Samuel R. Delany’s epic science fiction novel, Dhalgren.  Bellona is part two of Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems, Scheib’s trilogy
of multimedia performance works.

Bellona, a once illustrious city, has been decimated by a mysterious cataclysmic event, leaving it all but forgotten.  Its people try to understand why
buildings repeatedly burst into flames and city streets appear to rearrange themselves, citing race-related violence and a social experiment gone wrong.
 A parable of the dangers facing the modern American city, Bellona, Destroyer of Cities explores the shaping of space to express complex issues of race,
gender, and sexuality. The production combines passages from Delaney’s novel with original material and video and photography by Scheib and artist Carrie
Mae Weems.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities is presented as part of Emerging America, the second annual theater festival, co-presented with American Repertory Theater
and the Huntington Theatre Company, launching the new American voices of tomorrow.
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The complete list is here
but following are a few which I found particularly of interest, first and foremost being

LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror
Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam/Spectra Books)
Kes: is Palimpsest even out yet?

LGBT Nonfiction
The Greeks and Greek Love, by James Davidson (Random House)

Lesbian Memoir/Biography
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith, by Joan Schenkar (St. Martin's Press)

Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show, by Lynn Breedlove (Manic D Press)
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There is a new Lambda Literary Webzine
According to the announcement,

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The new Lambda Literary webzine will aggregate the best links from LGBTQ and mainstream book news websites and newspapers, feature provocative interviews, under-reported stories, and thoughtful, of-the-moment book reviews and nurture a social community that comments, critiques, links back, twitters, blogs, and interacts both online and in person.
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It already has a
wonderful article on LGBTQ lit for young adults

You can also read the list of submissions for the 22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards at
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a fabulous essay by Hal Duncan on whether vampires can really be interpreted as gay
Vampires have pretty much bored me since the '90s, and now I think I have some insight as to why. Also, I found some parts of this roll-on-the-floor funny.
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Publisher Steve Berman, of whom I am a big fan, just released the
premiere issue of Icarus, his new gay-themed speculative fiction magazine
I have already ordered my copy.

Here is more about Icarus:

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Icarus is the first magazine devoted to gay-themed speculative fiction and writing - from fantasy to horror to science fiction, and all the weird tales
that fall between the cracks. Our first issue features short stories by Jeff Mann, Joel D. Lane, Jameson Currier and Tom Cardamone; interviews with Dan
Stone and graphic artist Peter Grahame; poetry by Lawrence M. Schoen; plus book reviews, an article about the Gaylactic Network, and brief happenings in
gay publishing. Icarus is published by Lethe Press.

Please Note: Icarus comes from MagCloud in a clear plastic mailer. If this is a problem for you, please contact
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As far as other things which are being added to my to be read pile, I'm going to be grabbing a copy of "The Tiger's Wife" by Téa Obreht in the Summer Fiction issue of the New Yorker (June 8), which is getting a lot of rave reviews from the Interstitial Arts crowd as a brilliant example of magical realism and fairy tale/folklore.
More about the story here


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