…I could have counted the number of lesbian-friendly retellings of old tales on less than one finger. As a gawky kid slowly coming to terms with her own non-straight sexuality, this silence was telling and somewhat deafening. … How did women who love women fit in alongside damsels in distress, fairy godmothers, magic and impossible tasks? Did we, indeed, have a place?

- JoSelle Vanderhooft (via lesbianfairytales)

Oh hey, Joselle!  If you ever have a change to submit work to Joselle, do.  She’s an amazing editor who worked with me on a lesbian werewolf novella and really, really, helped get it into shape.

(That story is serious back catalog for me, but I’m considering turning it into a novel at the periodic prodding of many people, and may read some from it at the October 7 event).

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Things to think about when I am thinking about what I should be writing.

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A dandy of the highest order, she only wrote on purple stationary and surrounded herself at all times with such extravagant flowers that she nearly went bankrupt.

Victorian Hot Messes: The Torture Porn of Ouida

I have seen my future. And it is beautiful.

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OK, can I just tell you a tiny story. They tell us Victorianists that you have to teach undergrads only the canon, that nobody will be willing to sign up for a Victorian lit class that doesn’t do Dickens et al, that students will just skip over the one book on your syllabus that isn’t ~famous. They tell us there’s nothing you can do about it so ~join us~ and we sort of usually do.

But my adviser put Ouida on the syllabus and there are—and we are talking about a book with three chapters devoted to how pretty this dude’s horse is and like twice that about which curtains make him look sexy when he’s in his bedroom—and the students toooootally dug it. Do you want to know why? Yeah, this novel also has cross-dressing African-French girl who actually wins a battle and carries a cutlas around. And the main dude? He’s definitely the pretty one. Everybody agrees.

I’m just saying: it’s always worthwhile to assign Ouida in your classes.

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dressthesavage:

looking up Catullus’ nasty poems about Julius Caesar

and i find a wiki article about his poems arranged by ‘theme’

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….it’s not quite what i expected?? 

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i’m pissing myself here, his poems are just too real 

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CATULLUS, THE POET WE CAN ALL RELATE TO 

Oh my god, this guy is amazing.

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Thom Gunn (1929-2004)

normalheart-history:

Thom Gunn was an openly gay poet in San Francisco. Although he never contracted HIV, he wrote the most famous volume of poetry about living through the epidemic. The title poem, “The Man With Night Sweats,” is even quoted in Emily Nussbaum’s review of the HBO version of The Normal Heart in The New Yorker. It’s short enough to reprint here in full.

The Man With Night Sweats

I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat 
Wake to their residue, 
Sweat, and a clinging sheet. 

My flesh was its own shield: 
Where it was gashed, it healed.

I grew as I explored 
The body I could trust 
Even while I adored
The risk that made robust,

A world of wonders in
Each challenge to the skin.

I cannot but be sorry
The given shield was cracked,
My mind reduced to hurry, 
My flesh reduced and wrecked.

I have to change the bed, 
But catch myself instead

Stopped upright where I am 
Hugging my body to me 
As if to shield it from 
The pains that will go through me,

As if hands were enough 
To hold an avalanche off.