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Amitié: Meret Oppenheim’s Miss Gardenia

2018-07-10T03:05:28+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Meret Oppenheim, Miss Gardenia, 1962 A small object can pull you toward it like a magnet. I’m partial to the experience of seeing “an enormously tiny bit of a lot” as Meret Oppenheim wrote in a poem. My first apprehension of Miss Gardenia was of an astonishing object, an enigmatic presence, in the old SFMOMA [...]

Writing Gay Liberation in San Francisco, 1968–1972: James Mitchell and Eric Sneathen in Conversation

2018-07-03T03:05:14+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

James Mitchell in Tales of Thorn (Hoddypoll Press, 1968). Photo: Robert Clark. Courtesy James Mitchell. From his earliest years as a poet and an editor, James Mitchell has demonstrated a great commitment to under-served writers. In the late 1960s, after years of graduate work, Jim rode into San Francisco for the Summer of Love and [...]

Queer Heterarchies of Flowers

2018-06-29T03:04:57+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

On the farm. Ivalea is the name of my grandmother who passed two years ago. She has twelve children, who she tended by selling annuals and perennials out of small greenhouses built some four decades ago on the family farm. This summer the greenhouses will disappear — flowers will go back to nature, their predominant [...]

Remembering New Narrative

2018-06-26T03:05:07+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

JEB (Joan E. Biren), Gabrielle Union and Merle Woo, SF Pride, 1980. © 2018 JEB (Joan E. Biren). (I’m an outrider, I’m a fellow traveler, and I am very nervous. I put down these things around four o’clock this morning, so you will have to forgive me if I am jumping around a lot. This [...]

Earlier Selves, Strangers: A Conversation with Robert Glück

2018-06-22T03:06:20+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Robert Glück ca. early 1970s, from the back cover of Andy (1972). Photo: Elin Elisofon; courtesy of the author. Robert Glück is a poet, fiction writer, editor, and theorist; he is also a recognized ceramicist, educator, cook, and all-around enthusiast. His work — with its pleasures, intimacies, and daring discursive leaps — continues to exert [...]

Genre Wormhole #3: Realism at the End of Time

2018-06-21T03:06:21+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Sofía Córdova, on their way out of the frame. When I was finishing up my studio visit with artist Sofía Córdova at the Headlands Center for the Arts, they (Córdova uses both she and they pronouns) asked if I needed to take a candid picture; I wondered about “needed,” and Córdova explained that since both my [...]