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Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Who else is doing the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder challenge? It’s super fun, 24 book categories to check off, and I’m actually halfway through as I should be. I thought about doing an update post on the books I’d read and still planned to read — and I can totes still do that if…… Continue reading Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

The Non-Binary Book Club Reads Swordspoint

Originally posted on The Lobster Dance:
[Image: Richard St. Vier, looking hella dramatic with flowing cape and sword, on the cover of Swordspoint.] This is very! late! But here it is! Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. 1987. On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the…

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

Joan Wallach Scott: Feminist historian and author of the discipline-transforming 1986 article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” Judith Butler: Philosopher and hardcore influencer in feminist, queer, and literary theories. TWO WOMEN ENTER, ONE WOMAN LEAVES! Okay fine, they can both leave. But this summer, I’m having my first experience with a directed readings course…… Continue reading Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · TV & Movies

Queer stories can’t have queer fandoms?

Once upon a time on the internet, probably five years ago, I read some kind of post about the novel Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, saying queer people wouldn’t ever be as invested in queer literature as they are in queering straight literature. Essentially that the motivation to create fanworks isn’t there, so the fan commitment will be…… Continue reading Queer stories can’t have queer fandoms?

Queer · TV & Movies

Kingsman, The Man from UNCLE, and Queering the Action Movie

Kingsman and Man from UNCLE are two of my favorite movies from the past few years. They’re both action-spy movies, which means even though they base themselves on pre-existing media, they must reference the James Bond franchise somehow. Any new action-spy movie has to do that, but as comedies (even light parodies), it is absolutely imperative that they interact with the genre…… Continue reading Kingsman, The Man from UNCLE, and Queering the Action Movie

History · Queer · TV & Movies

#queerpop Movie Review: Victim (1961)

Landmark British film about gay rights from 1961? Yes please! Here’s the description: In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr (Dirk Bogarde) is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife (Sylvia Sims), Farr’s career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link Farr…… Continue reading #queerpop Movie Review: Victim (1961)

History · Nonfiction

Semester Review: Historiography Book List

I went back and forth on doing a semester review for last fall. Two of the classes (Museum Administration and History of American Architecture) would be difficult to sum up and not terribly helpful for anyone else. I have had people ask me for grad school book recommendations though, so I finally decided to just…… Continue reading Semester Review: Historiography Book List

History · Other Stuff · Queer

Museum Visit: Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)

Back in old-timey days — ie over Thanksgiving break — some friends and I paid a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a pretty new attraction, and it’s been on my list to visit since it opened in 2014. (We were told in the lobby that it’s “Not a…… Continue reading Museum Visit: Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Historiography of the Queer South

I’ve spent the past few weeks frantically trying to finish up the semester. Here’s the first of the two papers I’ve been talking about — a summary of the history books that have been written about LGBT history in the South up to this point. I’d intended to add an annotated bibliography, but that’s pretty…… Continue reading Historiography of the Queer South

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Book Review: “Men Like That: A Southern Queer History” by John Howard

Howard, John. Men Like That: A Southern Queer History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Men Like That was one of the earliest history books to deal with queer history in the American South. As such, it’s one of the first books I read for my historiography project on, you guessed it, queer history in the…… Continue reading Book Review: “Men Like That: A Southern Queer History” by John Howard