song against sex

March 5, 2011, 1:14 am
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I don’t know anything and I thought I did but I don’t and why why why do I have to be Jude AND Sue AND Anna all at the same time?


Like what?
July 31, 2010, 12:27 am
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Last night at work we were discussing nighttime. My manager was all, “There are more important things in life than sleep!” and making this awkward winking face.

And I said, “I know! Books! I’d rather stay up reading than sleep, anytime!”

I get a lot of odd looks there.

O, the depths to which I stoop when unable to submerge myself in literature
July 21, 2010, 10:31 pm
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Can you date someone who is poorly-read?
July 10, 2010, 3:06 pm
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It’s Not You, it’s Your Books” by Rachel Donadio
The New York Times, March 30th, 2008

“We’ve all been there. Or some of us have. Anyone who cares about books has at some point confronted the Pushkin problem: when a missed–or misguided–literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast. At least since Dante’s Paolo and Francesca fell in love over tales of Lancelot, literary taste has been a good shorthand for gauging compatibility.”

Stuff White People Like examines the issue: Can you date someone who is not well read?


Dating someone who is not as well read as you is a good idea since these type of people are more easily manipulated in terms of both actions and future taste in books. The ability to entirely craft the literary tastes of your partner is highly desirable as it reinforces your own impeccable taste and allows you to play a litery version of Henry Higgins.


In social situations there is a good chance that a poorly read person will admit to not having read Nabokov beyond Lolita or that they are unfamiliar with Umberto Eco’s essays on reading. Of course, there is the off-chance that tey might commit intellectual and social suicide by asking your friends if they “loved The Da Vinci Code as much as I did?” This is extremely embarrassing and reflects poorly on them. Ultimately, their actions are more of a statement about you and your inability to date someone of adequate literary experience.

Final Call:

It is recommended that you date and then subsequently dump someone who is considered “poorly read,” simply for the story. It will show your commitment to the importance of books and reading. But beyond that singular experience it is unacceptable to seriously date anyone who has not read the right books.

Day 11: Your favorite LGBT book (or one you’d like to read)
July 3, 2010, 10:06 pm
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  • The Children’s Hour, a play by Lillian Hellman. I stayed up until absolutely ungodly hours one night watching the film version on television and I cried my eyes out. Two women run a girls’ school together, and one vindictive little girl starts the Gay Rumor. As entrepreneurs, they’re ruined. As individuals, they’re heartbroken. Audrey Hepburn is totally bewildered, and Shirley MacLaine, well.
  • Freak Show by James St. James is pretty precious, actually. Billy Bloom’s an absolute queen. He’s a little young for me, but I love him anyway. Lady GaGa meets Johnny Weir meets Adam Lambert meets uberconservative private school? Oh, the drama. Every once in a while I just need a big exaggeration.
  • As You Like It by Shakespeare. All right, I haven’t got any concrete PROOF, but I see Celia as gay. There’s the whole Rosalind’s-a-crossdresser aspect, yes, but she seems straight to me. Every time I read it, I become more and more convinced that Celia’s struggling to balance her more-than-cousinly love for Rosalind with practicality and hopes for Rosalind’s happiness, and Rosalind’s just oblivious to the whooooole five hundred extra layers of tension.
  • someday this pain will be useful to you, by Peter Cameron. James is a really, really beautiful person. In many ways, he’s the person I want to meet but haven’t yet.
  • Orlando by Virginia Woolf. A WILD RIDE, the end. Okay, not the end. Can I just say, I really love Woolf. I have a bit of an obsession with this book, so it deserves a place on this list.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. OoOoOoOoOo, gayness AND opium dens!
Wanna read:
  • The God Box, by Alex Sanchez
  • A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar
  • Love is the Higher Law, by David Levithan
  • Aye, and Gomorrah, by Samuel R. Delaney
  • A Clergyman’s Daughter, by George Orwell
  • Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall, by Neil Bartlett
  • Surprising Myself, by Christopher Bray
  • Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham
  • Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Boys on the Rock, by John Fox
  • The Ladies, by Doris Grumbach
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson
  • The Girl With the Golden Eyes, by Honoré Balzac
  • In Transit, by Brigid Brophy
  • Bend, Don’t Shatter: Poets on the Beginning of Desire
  • Claudine, by Collette
  • Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay, by Aaron Fricke
  • Thinking Straight, by Robin Reardon
  • The Getting of Wisdom, by Henry Handel Richardson
  • Deliver Us From Evie, by M.E. Kerr
  • Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia T. Warner
  • My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely, by Kate Bornstein
  • A Boy Named Phyllis, by Frank DeCaro
  • Hero, by Perry Moore
  • If You Believe in Mermaids…Don’t Tell, by A.A. Philips
  • Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, edited by David Levithan & Billy Merrell
  • Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned, by Judd Winick
  • Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Vintage, by Steve Berman
  • Androgynous Murder House Party, by Steven Rigolosi
  • Sprout, by Dale Peck
  • Hidden Voices, by Pat Lowery Collins
  • He Forgot to Say Goodbye, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • The Misfits, by James Howe
  • Evil?, by Timothy Carter
  • The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green & David Levithan
  • Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
  • My Invented Life, by Lauren Bjorkman
  • Freaks and Revelations, by Davida Wills Hurwin
  • Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Tricks, by Ellen Hopkins
  • King of the Screwups, by K.L. Going
  • Blue Boy, by Rakesh Satyal
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary, by Nick Burd
  • M+O 4EVR, by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
  • Gravity, by Leanne Lieberman
  • Absolutely Maybe, by Lisa Yee
  • Absolute Brightness, by James Lecesne
  • Icarus in Flight, by Hayden Thorne
Um, I read far too many word-up-to-the-librarians blogs for my own good.

You can read the full challenge here on Fuck Yeah LGBT. :)

Day 1: Your sexual orientation or gender identity. Be creative in your definition.

I would say I’m a transromantic, driveless, repulsed-but-tolerant semi-androgynous asexual. I’m self-sufficient, independent, semi-Romantic and I crush ALL THE TIME on fictional characters and the occasional celeb..actual people, not so much. I’m the girl who didn’t get “That’s what she said!” jokes until she Googled it one day when she was twenty-one and, when asked by a coworker if she was “freaky,” asked him to be more specific.

You can read the full challenge here on Fuck Yeah LGBT. :)

“Myself When Young” [Daphne du Maurier]

“When I did eventually hear ‘the facts of life’ at eighteen from a school friend, I stared in astonishment and disbelief. What that what all the love stories I had read been about? What an extraordinary thing for people to want to do!”

“I suddenly thought how awful just being married would be.”