A.K. Summers: Tales of the Pregnant Butch

“… I was talking it over with a friend who asked what I thought I would look like pregnant. Without thinking, I answered, ‘like a pregnant Tintin,’ and drew her a sketch of the boy reporter with hair flip, knee britches and beach ball under his sweater. For me, this image represented a best-case scenario for how I might embody pregnancy.”… read more

Rebecca Walker: Black is Cool

“…you can no more separate Cool from Blackness than you can separate Hula from Hawaiians, or Yoga from Indians, or French cuisine from the French. “

Author Rebecca Walker talks with Lambda about her latest edited collection, Black Cool: A Thousand Streams of Blackness, the appropriation of Blackness, and the African cosmology of cool…. read more

'Lightning People' by Christopher Bollen

A fun fact about lightning: a strike lasts for about 30 microseconds.

Lightning People starts with a similar flash. The narrator of the prologue, Joseph Guiteau, speaks in conspiratorial terms, suggesting a link between a rise in lightning-related Manhattan-area deaths and the fall of the Twin Towers. … read more

An All-Star Cast Narrates Excerpts from Christopher Bollen's Debut Novel

The interwoven voices of Chlöe Sevigny, Nate Lowman, Leelee Sobieski, Rufus Wainwright, Waris Ahluwalia, Kalup Linzy, Natasha Lyonne and Kirsten Dunst provide a haunting preview of Christopher Bollen’s debut novel, Lightning People (Soft Skull Press). Bollen’s highly-anticipated novel follows a group of middle-aged denizens in New York City during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. [via Nowness]… read more

'Pinko' and 'a box of longing with fifty drawers' by Jen Benka

In 1985, I was fifteen years old; I subscribed to Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. The first issue of my subscription had a black cover with white type and a listing of different words for feminists: activists, organizers, progressives, visionaries, etc. As the words progressed down the page, they moved from the… read more