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Genre Wormhole #4: The White House Lawn

2018-07-12T03:05:19+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Because I’m writing about self-proclaimed agitprop in this essay — talking about the artistic, political, and activist work of the group The Degenderettes — it feels right to start out with a polemic. I want to gripe about an attitude (perhaps in retreat now?) that shaped my early education around literature: that in art, complexity is synonymous [...]

On Pop & Petroleum

2018-07-11T03:01:04+00:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Inspiration, News|Tags: |

Hind Mezaina, MUSIC TV, 2017 When Arabi 21, a Qatar-backed news platform, unknowingly republished a piece by the satirical website The Pan-Arabia Enquirer, netizens appreciated the gaffe for its ludicrousness. Arabi 21’s report detailed an imminent Saudi Arabian honeymoon planned by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The newlyweds would attend a monster truck rally in [...]

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 [...]

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