Thursday, March 29, 2012

Obituary Note: Adrienne Rich

Can a blog that talks about feminist issues AND books not  mention the passing of Adrienne Rich? Her poetry and essays influenced me the most when I discovered her in college, which may be when a lot of young women discover her. She was progressive in a conservative time, always stood against war and injustice--both political and social. She had this radical notion that women were people and posited that people (not just poets and artists and such) all have multiple layers of selves.

Obituary Note: Adrienne Rich

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday #4

My entry for this week's Six Sentece Sunday. You can visit other great entries by clicking the link above! This is a continuation of last week's story, from my novel in progress. Enjoy!

His name was Sonny, or at least that was what he called himself, and he was everything my parents hated, and that’s why I gravitated to him.

He also had a 1929 Ford Model T, and took me away the first night I met him.

I was working in a restaurant and he strolled in, the dust covering him streaks of tan and brown and red.

All he did was smile, and that’s all it took to melt my heart, pack my suitcase, and head West with a stranger who promised me the world.

I was seventeen, living in a small roadside town in Cornfield, Nebraska, and I was ready for life to start.

A half hour after arriving in Los Angeles, both my suitcase and Sonny were gone.     

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Follow Friday #5

Q: What is the longest book you’ve read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?
I don't knwo what the longest book I've ever read is, but my favorite 600+ reads would have to include anthologies as well. Here's a brief list:

1. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
2. Years Best Fantasy and Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies
3. Widdershins (560 pgs.) by Charles De Lint
4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday #4

From my novel-in-progress. *Adult Content

I can invite anyone I want upstairs to my room, which about the size of a closet (I think it was, once) and is directly above the dance hall, along with the rooms of a few of the other girls.

I’m lucky, my room is the most coveted room--by the fire escape--which looks out over the Hollywood Hills, which spells out the word “Hollywoodland”.

On the other side of the door waits someone utterly forgettable and young, who nevertheless can pay well, which is why I am straightening my stockings and putting on my best slip to open the door in.

Although, in a few minutes, it won’t matter what my stockings look like, or if there is a hole in my slip.  

There is generous amount of brandy still in my decanter and I knock back a few swallows, splashing on rose water below my chin and over my breasts to mask the smell.

The last thing I put on, after the radio, is a smile as I open the door and beckon my young visitor inside.

Irish Books; Strong Female Characters; Book Inscriptions

Irish Books; Strong Female Characters; Book Inscriptions

Happy St. Patty's Day! Today, I am Irish for 24 hours. As everyone must know, I am a fan of lists, so here's list of top 10 Irish characters, top female characters in different genres, and book inscriptions from the awesome folks over at Shelf Awareness. Enjoy! If you are feeling Irish inspired today, and own a Kindle, there's a number of Irish/Celtic fairy tales and myths you can download for free.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Follow Friday #4

Q: What is the best book you’ve read in the last month? What is the worst book you’ve read in the last month?
The best book: Courting Darkness, by Yasmine Galenorn.

Although I have my certain issues with some of her books (like needing a map to know who's who and what happened to who in which previous book), it still has all the elements of a true (adult) urban fantasy book that I love: erotica, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, faerie, shapeshifters and magic. Good stuff.
The worst book: If I find a book that is truly something I can't stand, I can't waste my time on it anymore, because I have too many good ones to get through. Right now its a HUGE struggle for me to get through 'The Iron Queen' by Julie Kagawa.

 I can't say it's the worst book, I'm only a few chapters in, but I just can't get into it. But, I'm going to try. I just haven't cared enough about the characters yet to really associate a lot of meaning to their trials and tribulations. Most of my curiosity about this book stems from the hype around it, and the fact that the author is a bestseller. I'm trying to figure out why, at the moment.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Brahmin: Tristan Taormino

Book Brahmin: Tristan Taormino

Tristan Taormino was featured today in Shelf Awareness! Yay! I love Tristan. I do. I am herrby declaring my crush on her. I have been following her work for a long time now, at least since the 90's, and I kind of look up to her as my older sister/literary guide through lesbian erotica, such as the ultra bestselling Best Lesbian Erotic series, LGBTQ Literature and cultural critiques in general, and other of my life initiations. Plus, I love to hear what people read on their nightstands, it's like peeking into someone's diary.
And, she's super cute! =)

On Loneliness, Pt. 2

He stops short of the entryway, and his shadow falls long over the carpet. "Come out and say how-do," I say jokingly. It was a f...