22 January 2019 I condemn reinstatement of this bigoted ban by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court. There are no valid reasons for banning transgender personnel from the military, but reason is not behind this decision. Trump’s is an administration of hate, perpetuated by a widespread system of hate, enabled by supporters who hate.
Simon and the other characters are the highlight of Simon vs the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, about a high school student on the verge of coming out as gay dealing with doubt, first love, and blackmail. He and his group of friends are the heart of the story and I particularly love Simon’s voice in this first-person narration. He’s funny and astute, but also heart-breaking at times: “And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”
I came out to my mom twenty years ago, the day after Ellen Degeneres came out on national television. I was so inspired but I was so terrified. I could only make the attempt over the telephone and I couldn’t even say the words; I made my mom guess until I finally said “Yes” when […]
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lisa Williamson’s wonderful “The Art of Being Normal” explores the complicated and emotional coming-of-age of two English teenagers. David Piper wants to be a girl. Leo Denton has secrets of his own. The novel switches back and forth between the two […]
The Gilded Razor: A Memoir by Sam Lansky My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been on a tear through a few memoirs this week, and I saved this one for last for two reasons: the subject matter and the reviews that suggested it was funny. But it’s not funny. Not really. In terms of […]
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper My rating: 4 of 5 stars I started Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper’s conversation The Rainbow Comes and Goes not expecting to enjoy it much, but by the end of the book I was thoroughly charmed. The first […]
Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley My rating: 5 of 5 stars I highly recommend Garrard Conley’s beautifully written and emotional memoir about his religious upbringing, sexuality, rape, and conversion therapy. The book varies in mood between rage and compassion, and Conley grounds these extremes of emotion with a matter-of-fact tone and lovely lyrical […]
These are the crowdfunding projects I’m supporting, considering supporting, or otherwise wanting to share this week. Unstuck #3: New Literature of the Fantastic and the Surreal Ends on November 20, 2013. “A big, lavishly illustrated new anthology of short stories, poems, and essays with elements of the improbable and the uncanny.” Obduction Ended on November […]
3-D Printing Via TechCrunch: “Stratasys Acquiring MakerBot in $403M Deal, Combined Company Will Likely Dominate 3D Printing Industry“ Robotics Indiegogo project: “Help Make Me the World’s Smartest Robot“ Space Science Kickstarter project: Planetary Resources’ “ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone” Kickstarter project reaches U.S.$1 million with 11 days to go METI “Shouting at the Cosmos” […]
My second most favorite web series of the year: season 2 of “Husbands”. After a successful Kickstarter, the second season had higher production values and many special guest stars. Each episode was also longer than the first season episodes. The one negative: there were only four episodes in the second season!
Today brings great news regarding the slow but steady march toward equal rights for all LGBT citizens. In expected but still wonderful news, Hawaii has become the seventh state to authorize civil unions (three states that previously enacted civil union laws now allow gay marriages). There are now 13 states and one district that allow […]
Valentine’s Day is coming up and it is a holiday I detest. It is on my list of most horrible annual events, next to April Fool’s Day. Every Valentine’s Day I pretend very hard to not notice that it is occurring. However, in the spirit of openness and truthfulness – especially to myself – I […]