April 12th, 2013

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (May 2, 1950 – April 12, 2009)

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (May 2, 1950 – April 12, 2009) was an American academic scholar in the fields of gender studies, queer theory (queer studies), and critical theory. Her critical writings helped create the field of queer studies. Her works reflect an interest in a range of issues, including queer performativity; experimental critical writing; the works of Marcel Proust; non-Lacanian psychoanalysis; artists' books; Buddhism and pedagogy; the affective theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein; and material culture, especially textiles and texture.

Drawing on feminist scholarship and the work of Michel Foucault, Sedgwick uncovered what she claimed were concealed homoerotic subplots in writers like Charles Dickens and Henry James. Sedgwick argued that an understanding of virtually any aspect of modern Western culture would be incomplete or damaged if it failed to incorporate a critical analysis of modern homo/heterosexual definition. She coined the terms "homosocial" and "antihomophobic."

Noted works include "How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay," "Queer Performativity: Henry James's The Art of the Novel," and "Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl," which was heavily criticised for the "scandalous" interpretation it took.

Eve Kosofsky was raised in a Jewish family in Dayton, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Ph.D from Yale University. She taught writing and literature at Hamilton College, Boston University, and Amherst College. She held a visiting lectureship at University of California, Berkeley and taught at the School of Criticism and Theory when it was located at Dartmouth College. She was also the Newman Ivey White Professor of English at Duke University, and then a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve_Kosofsky_Sedgwick
Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was my first introduction to the world of queer theory and literary criticism and was the foundation of my senior thesis. The section on Charles Dickens "Our Mutual Friend" confirmed my thought that there was something lovely going on between Eugene Wrayburn and Mortimer Lightwood and blew my mind with what was written on the rival relationship between Eugene and Bradley Headstone. --Stephan Schmetterling
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Amy Ray & Carrie Schrader

Amy Elizabeth Ray (born April 12, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls. She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and founded a record company, Daemon Records. Though both Ray and Emily Saliers came out in 1993, they have never been a couple. Ray has had long-term relationship with musician Cooper Seay and feminist author Jennifer Baumgardner, and is in a relationship with documentary filmmaker Carrie Schrader since 2003. They have a daughter, Ozilline Graydon.

Born in Decatur, Georgia, Amy Ray met Emily Saliers when they both attended the same high school. They began performing together and recorded a demo in 1981. After graduation, Ray and Saliers went to different colleges with Ray attending Vanderbilt University. By 1985, both women had transferred to Emory University in Atlanta and formed the Indigo Girls. In 1986, Ray graduated from Emory with majors in English and Religion.

In March 2001, Ray released her first solo album, Stag, a southern and punk rock album. The Butchies, a punk band whose members include Kaia Wilson, Melissa York, and Alison Martlew, provided support for five songs, and Joan Jett played on "Hey Castrator". In April 2005, Ray released the softer edged Prom, and in December 2006, she released Live from Knoxville. Her fourth solo album, the melodic Didn't It Feel Kinder, was released in August 2008. Lung of Love, which has more of an indie-rock sound, was released in 2012.

Her backup band for her Stag tour was The Butchies. In 2004, when she embarked on her Prom tour, she brought Les Nuby (guitar), Will Lochamy (drums), and Jody Bleyle (bass). Tara Jane O'Neil replaced Bleyle when she began maternity leave in October. Ray's backup band for her 2012 Lung of Love tour was The Butchies. Jenn Stone, former keyboard player for Kesha, also performed on the tour.

Ray currently lives in the foothills of North Georgia.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Ray

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Kate McMurray - Show and Tell

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

Today author is Kate McMurray: Kate McMurray has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. She picked up her first romance novel when she was thirteen and has loved the genre ever since. She started writing gay romance after reading a book and thinking there should be more love stories with gay characters. Her first published novel, In Hot Pursuit, came out in February 2010, and she’s been writing feverishly ever since. She likes stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. When she’s not writing, Kate works a nonfiction editor. She also reads a lot, plays the violin, knits and crochets, and drools over expensive handbags. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a pesky cat. Kate is currently the vice president of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT special-interest chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Website: http://www.katemcmurray.com
Most recent title: Show and Tell
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id

Show and Tell by Kate McMurray
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 7, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Show and Tell

One of the few joys in Dan's life is the TV show Junk Shop, a reality show about antiques hosted by the handsome and charismatic Malcolm Tell. Then an old music box turns up, and Dan's sister encourages him to try to get on the show and meet the object of his affection. He does, and his life changes completely.

When Dan and Malcolm first meet, they have a sudden vision of a couple from the past. Is it a glimpse at a past life or something else entirely? They agree to work together to figure out what is going on, and they stumble upon a forgotten Celtic myth that may explain everything. If the myth is true, then Dan and Malcolm could be a pair of lovers who have been reincarnated over and over again over two thousand years. That seems impossible, but it's hard to deny that something very strange is happening.

As Dan and Malcolm work to find the truth, they fall for each other hard. But searching for who they really are puts them both in grave danger, and they find themselves racing against time to keep their happily ever after.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Paul Alan Fahey - The Other Man

The Other Man: 21 Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity, & Moving On by Paul Alan Fahey
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: JMS Books (April 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1483970965
ISBN-13: 978-1483970967
Amazon: The Other Man: 21 Writers Speak Candidly About Sex, Love, Infidelity, & Moving On

Who is the other man?

He’s an accident waiting to happen: the skateboarder round the bend, the smiling barista with the extra hot mocha, the computer geek eager to retool your mate’s hard drive. He’s a relationship gatecrasher bound by no rules and with no sense of fair play. Like Caesar, he comes, he sees, he conquers. On the flip side, you or I can be the other man, charging in and breaking the bonds of a committed relationship without a thought to the pain and misery inflicted upon the injured parties. Face it: We’re not all innocent bystanders in other-man scenarios.

The Other Man is an artistic collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships. If you’ve ever been the other man, had him invade your life, or are just plain curious about this beguiling, unpredictable and dangerous creature, then this anthology of personal essays is for you. Twenty-one of our most acclaimed authors, many Lambda Award winners and finalists, write candidly about either being the other man, suffering the other man or having their relationships tested by infidelity. What they tell us is we must take heart, it does get better and one day our luck is bound to change. We’ll survive the bumps and detours in our relationships and weather the storms, or resolve to move on. Along the way, we’ll hope to meet someone new and simpatico, maybe even our long-awaited soul mate. Life will be good again. Or will it?

Contributors include: Perry Brass, Austin Bunn, Rob Byrnes, Mark Canavera, R.W. Clinger, Lewis DeSimone, Paul Alan Fahey, Wes Hartley, William Henderson, Allen Mack, Jeff Mann, Tom Mendicino, Erik Orrantia, Felice Picano, David Pratt, Glen Retief, Jeffrey Ricker, Rodney Ross, Jason Schneiderman, Philip Dean Walker, and Chuck Willman. Edited by: Paul Alan Fahey.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the It Gets Better Project.

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Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) by L.A. Witt

From an atheist point of view, I’m always surprised to see how much more atheist people seem to follow the original concept of the Christian teachings than many of the current churches. I still remember the priest who was teaching in my midterm school, how he was glad someone was listening to his lessons (religion was still a mandatory matter in school till 10/15 years ago); the ordinary kids were so bored because they had to hear the same story also afterschool, while for me everything was new and moreover I was listening it from an external point of view and so more critical.

That was the feeling I had about the two main characters in this novel, Darren the minister and Seth the tattoo artist; truth be told, Seth is an atheist since he was kicked out from his ultra-conservative and Christian family, who apparently didn’t remember that Jesus Christ has never kicked out people (well, he did for those who were using the sacred place as a market but that is another story…), but exactly the opposite. And it’s not the hateful love the sinner but hate the sin, it’s really an unconditionally love. This is what Darren is trying to convey, but this is also what Seth is struggling to accept.

It’s really difficult for me to believe there are places where a minister can be gay, and where he has a church and a place where he can do good things, but luckily, it’s not the first time I read of true stories like this, so while reading about Darren, I was imagining him like a real person, and hoping someone as good as him was out there.

The story between Darren and Seth is hot too, lot of sex, and strange as it sounds, Darren wasn’t questioning the fact he was having a not-committed relationship. In a very simple answer he gave to Seth, he explained that, minister can marry and have kids, he cannot marry and so… well, he has to do in some other way.

I’m reading this series in bit and pieces, so I don’t have the full picture, but I’m starting to like this Tucker Springs setting, with its gay neighborhood and college town feeling.


Amazon: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) (Volume 4)
Amazon Kindle: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) (Volume 4)
Paperback: 154 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 21, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626490015
ISBN-13: 978-1626490017

Series: Tucker Springs
1) Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt
2) Second Hand by Marie Sexton & Heidi Cullinan
3) Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3491548.html
4) Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading+list&view=elisa.rolle

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