Sarah A.O. Rosner: Creating a New Queer Universe

“Many people are put off by science fiction as a genre (and getting people into this work despite their assumed aversion to it is one of the challenges we’ve been facing) but to me, there’s nothing more eerily sci-fi and dystopic than our current cultural and political climate.”… read more

‘Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex’ by Lynne Huffer

Evoking Leo Bersani’s notorious 1987 polemic, “Is the Rectum a Grave?,” Lynne Huffer strives to not only negotiate the divide between feminist and queer sexual ethics but tease out how the two intersect in her latest critical inquiry, Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex (Columbia University Press)…. read more

Translating 'Fun Home'

Let me be blunt: it is pretty freaking amazing to have a major musical production about a lesbian, and a butch lesbian to boot. A part of me is still a bit dumbfounded, “Did I really just see a butch lesbian on the stage of the Public Theater?”… read more

‘Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era’ by Beatriz Preciado

Beatriz Preciado’s Testo Junkie (The Feminist Press) may very well be the most revolutionary queer text to hit bookstores since Eve Sedgwick’s Epistemology of the Closet. The book was first published in France in 2008 and is only now being translated into English, by writer-journalist-translator Bruce Benderson. Part memoir (what Preciado classifies as “autotheory”), part queer theory,… read more

Notes on Teaching Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, hereafter QPD, featured as the capstone of my “American Literature” course last spring semester. James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Kate Bornstein—these were the writers whose “autobiographical” texts comprised my syllabus. These are the writers I felt best encapsulated a very specific frame of… read more

'Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure' by Sara Warner

Last year the world was captivated by the brazen acts of the Russian group Pussy Riot, whose “Punk Prayer” landed them in jail and at the center of a political firestorm. But Pussy Riot’s actions, while a deliberately outrageous reaction to the misogynist strictures of Putin’s Russia, are not unique. Indeed, as Sara Warner explains… read more