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Wednesday 08 October 2008


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries Tagged as 'General'

18th September 2008

Personal Change and the “Me (A Culpa) Industry”

Posted by: Craig Young

In this month’s UK Gay Times, Tim Teeman has an amusing piece on the ’self-help’ industry, that form of personalised psychotherapy that tries to teach you to assert yourself in order to become healthy, wealthy, better educated and in possession of better social skills.
Teeman argues that all this relentless self-improvement is not good for broader […]

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12th September 2008

Larry Buchanan: Clown Prince of Kitsch?

Posted by: Craig Young

I suspect that this is going to be the last evening off that I have this side of election eve, so I thought I’d contribute something a little more light-hearted- namely, a tribute to kitsch film director Larry Buchanan.
Fortuitously enough, I was lucky to find a filmography of this lost cinematic figure, written by US […]

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11th September 2008

Review: Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Foster Howard (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

Joanne Passett: Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Foster Howard: Philadelphia: Da Capo Press: 2008.
Jeanette Foster Howard (1895-1981) was one of the foremothers of twentieth century lesbian-feminism, effectively bridging the era of women’s suffrage with second-wave feminism and the emergence of lesbian and gay rights politics.
In this book, biographer Passett tells us about the […]

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2nd September 2008

Star Wars: The Purple Intersexed Molluscoid Strikes Back?

Posted by: Craig Young

One of the most loathsome things about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the intensely irritating Jar Jar Binks, the badly dressed stupid alien who seems to have only been put there for fundamentalist Christians to have someone to identify with.
Something similar may well have happened in the latest installment of the series, Star Wars: […]

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1st September 2008

Preview: Dale Lazarov and Amy Colburn: Manly (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

 Dale Lazarov and Amy Colburn: Manly: Berlin: Bruno Guemunder: 2008:
What’s French for yum, yum, I want one? Bruno Guemunder is noted for its lavish high-quality, expensive homoerotica, and Dale Lazarov and Amy Colburn have excelled themselves with the tantalising Manly.  According to the preview below, it’s about to materialise on Amazon, and the sample art […]

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21st August 2008

Cleis Press: Lesbian Pulp Classics

Posted by: Craig Young

While perusing Cleis Press’ excellent online catalogue, I was struck by three fascinating titles about bygone dykes.
March Hastings’ Three Women (1958) is about a lesbian love triangle. Paula marries Phil at eighteen to escape from her ghastly New York tenement life with an alcoholic dad, but falls in love with Byrne, his artist aunt, who […]

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8th August 2008

Brisbane: 25 Down : Richard Jordan

Posted by: Craig Young

 Since the fall of the ghastly far right Bjelke Petersen regime in the late eighties after revelations of endemic police and government corruption, the state in question has begun to reluctantly modernise. Granted, not fast enough insofar as registered partnerships and inclusive adoption reform are concerned, much to my own displeasure. I have parents, a […]

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8th August 2008

Review: Lou Rand: The Gay Detective (2003)

Posted by: Craig Young

 Lou Rand: The Gay Detective: San Francisco: Cleis Press: 2003 (Originally published: 1961)
Cleis Press and Feminist Press CUNY deserve our heartfelt gratitude for their valiant work in reprinting lesbian/gay pulp classics from nearly half a century ago. This ‘hard boiled camp’ number is no exception.
Don’t conclude that this is a mere genre parody, either. As […]

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6th August 2008

Buffy Fanfiction: Bid My Blood to Rise

Posted by: Craig Young

For a change, here’s some of my old fanfiction. It’s an extremely nasty Buffy the Vampire Slayer one with a rape revenge theme, and a very dark mother/daughter bonding relationship. So don’t read it if you’re not into it. On the other hand, if your taste does run toward darkside feminism…
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Bid My Blood to Rise: Heterotopia […]

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5th August 2008

Canada: Avenue Q- Sesame Street’s Raunchy Relative!

Posted by: Craig Young

In Toronto at the moment, theatre goers are experiencing a weird and wonderful show on a street rather unlike the classic US children’s programme icons of the seventies and eighties. What happens when puppets go bad?
Avenue Q is the raunchiest puppet production since our own beloved Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles, although they’re not quite […]

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