Filed under: News & Events
It’s been a busy but a good one. I’ve been working on my book project, taught my first class on Arts and Labor in Brooklyn that was attended by a wonderful group of people, and am in the planning and research stage of cross-country reading tour of my play, Unknown, that will be taking place in 2014.
Also, in September, a very brief excerpt of Unknown was published in the latest issue of EDNA, the journal of the Millay Colony for the Arts, where I wrote the first draft of the play. It’s free and available in a digital edition online (mine starts on p. 21).
For the weeks ahead, I’m planning a couple of follow-ups to the class, including an ebook that will cover some of the topics we discussed. And there should be more to report in the months ahead on the play project.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for articles from me about the arts and performance on Hyperallergic.
And I can also recommend these organizations and projects as great things to check out this fall, if you haven’t already:
• The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
• Radical Presence NY
• Lorraine Hansberry exhibit opening at the Brooklyn Museum on Nov. 22
Filed under: Thoughts
“I don’t know much about leaving town
just that the wooden handle that pumps that well
keeps going up and down inside of me.”
-Ali Liebegott, The Beautifully Worthless
I’ve just started doing some research into lesbian- and woman-centered communities in the US for a project that I’m working on. One of the references I’m using is the itinerary of a woman who completed a 6,000 mile motorcycle trip across the US, visiting 27 such communities as she went. She completed this journey in the first half of 1996, less than 20 years ago. And yet, as I start to look up the places that she visited, I’ve already found that many of them no longer exist.
Earlier this year, while working on an article on queer literature, I had the pleasure of exchanging a couple of emails with Carol Seajay, founder of a lesbian feminist bookstore on the West Coast, and, also, the founder and publisher of Feminist Bookstore News. During that exchange and my subsequent research I learned that in the 1990s there were over 100 feminist bookstores in the US and today there are less than 10.
This post isn’t about nostalgia, nor is it a post lamenting change. I think change can be good and necessary, but more than anything, I know it to be inevitable.
This is more of an observation that places that allow you to see exactly how much change there has been, and what it has actually meant to individuals and communities, are rare and remarkable. Archives are amazing.
Filed under: Reading
For a few years now I've kept a running log of the books I've been reading, mainly for my own interest, but also as a means of recommending and discussing books with others.
Networked: The New Social Operating System, Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman (Reading this with a couple of other people leading up to a project I’m working on for next spring. Appropriately we are tweeting our collective reading using the hashtag #NeTwerked.)