Saturday, December 09, 2006

I'm reading Everything I Have Is Blue: Fiction by Working Class Men About Gay And Not So Gay Life (or something like that). I'm about 5 stories in. They have a different texture than other short stories I've been reading lately, especially the gay ones. (Although, to be fair, I've been reading mostly qr.sf and qr.erotica.) But the politics that manifest in these textures are maybe what is catching me. So many of the stories I've read in the last few weeks have worldviews and politics that are narrow and heterocentric. I want to read some queer stuff, not just stuff about "queers." And Everything I Have Is Blue might have some. Already, too, I recognize the feelings in the pieces I've read as emotionally verifiable in a working class gay sort of way. But there's been some token figures of poor life drawn crudely. I have no doubt that the emotions expressed in these figures are reliable, and honest--and maybe that's what gives it the extra texture I wasn't finding in all those queer sf and horror stories that were written by straight identifieds and the sex negative queer erotica--but they aren't perhaps as nuanced as they could be.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

So Jeopardy was exciting tonight because two contestants tied, and I don't think I've ever seen a tie. (If only I could have watched the Oscars in 1968...)

But what's with Jeopardy's sexism? One question was about "Tim McGraw and this beauty" singing some song. When the contestant answered "Faith Hill," Alex said, "yes, his wife." Because McGraw is called by his name, whereas Hill is marked twice, once as "this beauty" and again as "his wife." Nice. But it gets better. In a category about the words of women artists, the answer referred to Virginia Woolf as "this authoress." AUTHORESS? Why not just lady author? After all, the category was already women artists, so why call one a fine modernist an authoress? AN AUTHORESS? Fuck Jeopardy.