Music Break: The Indigo Girls – “Galileo”

December 12, 2008 at 11:54 am (Music Break) (, , , , , )

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Galileo
music and lyric by Emily Ann Saliers
Copyright © 1992 EMI Virgin Songs Inc/Godhap Music (BMI)

Galileo’s head was on the block
The crime was looking up the truth
And as the bombshells of my daily fears explode
I try to trace them to my youth

And then you had to bring up reincarnation
Over a couple of beers the other night
And now I’m serving time for mistakes
Made by another in another lifetime

How long ’til my soul gets it right?
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light?
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
King of Night Vision, King of Insight

And then I think about my fear of motion
Which I never could explain
Some other fool across the ocean years ago
Must have crashed his little airplane

How long ’til my soul gets it right?
Can any human being ever reach that kind of light?
I call on the resting soul of Galileo
King of Night Vision, King of Insight

I’m not making a joke, you know me
I take everything so seriously
If we wait for the time till all souls get it right
Then at least I know there’ll be no nuclear annihilation
In my lifetime I’m still not right

I offer thanks to those before me
That’s all I’ve got to say
‘Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime
Now I have to pay
But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration
To let the next life off the hook
But she’ll say “look what I had to overcome from my last life
I think I’ll write a book”

How long ’til my soul gets it right?
Can any human being ever reach the highest light
Except for Galileo God rest his soul
(Except for the resting soul of Galileo)
King of Night Vision, King of Insight?

How long
(‘Til my soul gets it right?)
[‘Til we reach the highest light?]
How long
(‘Til my soul gets it right?)
[‘Til we reach the highest light?]
How long?

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Dykonography 101: Me’shell

December 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm (Dykonography 101) (, , , , , , , , )

 

Me'shell Ndegéocello

Me'shell Ndegéocello

Singer, songwriter, and bassist Me’shell Ndegéocello is a notably eclectic artist whose music frequently confronts social and sexual issues, including racial identity, same-sex attraction, and homophobia. Throughout her career, Ndegéocello has been open about her bisexuality. In interviews, she has spoken about her relationships with choreographer Winifred R. Harris and writer and activist Rebecca Walker, and she sports a “Rebecca” tattoo on her neck. However, while she continues to sing and write about sexual identity and sexuality, since the break-up of her relationship with Walker, Ndegéocello has become more reticent with interviewers about details of her private relationships with lovers, friends, and family members.

She is also known by the name Me’shell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur, which she adopted several years ago after converting to Islam.

-excerpted from Krista L. May‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Annie

December 11, 2008 at 11:53 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

 

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is among the most famous of contemporary American photographers. Best known for her celebrity portraits and work in advertising, she has in recent years photographed a wider range of subjects. Her work has been shown at major exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She has also published a number of books of her photographs.

For over a decade Leibovitz was the close companion of writer Susan Sontag, who was present at the birth of the former’s baby, but the two did not publicly discuss the nature of their relationship.

-excerpted from Linda Rapp‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Holiday Gift Suggestion: Alison Bechdel’s “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For”

December 11, 2008 at 10:40 am (We Found This for You on Amazon.com!) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The Essential Dykes to Look Out For

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Hardcover; 384 pages

from the author of Fun Home comes the lives, loves, and politics of cult fave characters Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger, Stuart, Clarice, and others

For twenty-five years Bechdel’s path-breaking “Dykes to Watch Out For” strip has been collected in award-winning volumes (with a quarter of a million copies in print), syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, and translated into many languages. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For gathers a “rich, funny, deep and impossible to put down” (Publishers Weekly) selection from all eleven Dykes volumes. Here, too, are sixty of the newest strips, never before published in book form.

Settle in to this wittily illustrated soap opera (Bechdel calls it “half op-ed column and half endless serialized Victorian novel”) of the lives, loves, and politics of a cast of characters, most of them lesbian, living in a midsize American city that may or may not be Minneapolis. Her brilliantly imagined countercultural band of—academics, social workers, bookstore clerks—fall in and out of love, negotiate friendships, raise children, switch careers, and cope with aging parents.

Bechdel fuses high and low culture—from foreign policy to domestic routine, hot sex to postmodern theory—in a serial graphic narrative “suitable for humanists of all persuasions”. 

About the Author

ALISON BECHDEL has been a careful archivist of her own life and kept a journal since she was ten. Since 1983, she has been chronicling the lives of various characters in the fictionalized “Dykes to Watch Out For” strip, “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms.). The strip is syndicated in 50 alternative newspapers, translated into multiple languages, and collected into a book series with a quarter of a million copies in print. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century”.

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Music Break: Tracy Chapman – “For My Lover”

December 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm (Music Break) (, , , )

For My Lover
music and lyric by Tracy Chapman
Copyright © 1986 EMI April Music Inc  c/o EMI Music Publishing/Purple Rabbit Music/EMI April Music Inc c/o EMI Music Publishing (BMI)

Two weeks in a Virginia jail
For my lover, for my lover
Twenty thousand dollar bail
For my lover, for my lover

And everybody thinks
That I’m the fool
But they don’t get
Any love from you

The things we won’t do for love
I’d climb a mountain if I had to
And risk my life so I could have you
You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you

Everyday I’m psychoanalyzed
For my lover, for my lover
They dope me up and I tell them lies
For my lover, for my lover

And everybody thinks
That I’m the fool
But they don’t get
Any love from you

The things we won’t do for love
I’d climb a mountain if I had to
And risk my life so I could have you
You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, you 

I follow my heart
And leave my head to ponder
Deep in this love
No man can shake

I follow my heart
And leave my mind to wonder
Is this love worth
The sacrifices I make

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Dykonography 101: Annie

December 10, 2008 at 9:15 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

The Scottish-born ’80s icon discovered the ‘play-gay’ card by accident. Interested in the way gender was presented, Lennox began to experiment with androgyny in the ’80s. Not only did she sport a shaved head and flat-chested look but she would often dress in a suit. When The Eurythmics released the gay anthem “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves”, her lesbian following began to swell and fans eagerly awaited her ‘coming out’. However, it never came. “Unfortunately, I am terribly heterosexual” she said in a recent interview. She went on to claim that her life would have been ‘much easier’ if she had been gay.

-excerpted from “Play Gays” article in Fyne Times Gay and Lesbian Magazine, UK (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Gertrude

December 10, 2008 at 9:11 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein

In addition to becoming—with Alice B. Toklas—half of an iconic lesbian couple, Gertrude Stein was an important innovator and transformer of the English language.

Her difficulties in medical school paralleled her growing awareness of her lesbianism. Her sexuality placed her in conflict not only with the bourgeois morality she espoused but also with the views of feminist theorists such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who argued in Women and Economics (1898) that the unfettered expression of sexuality would jeopardize women’s capacity to succeed in the professions and gain economic independence from men.

While in Baltimore, Stein became involved in a group of college women led by Mabel Haynes and Grace Lounsbury, who were, unlike Stein, experts at disguising the reality of lesbian passion behind the respectable cover of female romantic friendship.

Stein had little idea of these social dynamics when Mabel Haynes suddenly dropped her “friendship” with Lounsbury and began an affair with another student, May Bookstaver. In the meantime, Stein herself, despite her professed horror of “passion in its many disguised forms”, fell precipitously in love with Bookstaver.

Confronted by an experienced and formidable rival, as well as by her own moral crises and sexual naïveté, Stein found herself excluded from the Bookstaver-Haynes romance.

When Stein died from cancer on July 27, 1946, the news made front-page headlines around the world. However, at the time her work was largely out of print and unread, and she was known principally as a personality. Only with the advent of the second wave of the women’s movement, as well as the development of post-structuralist, feminist, and lesbian and gay literary criticism, has the full extent of Stein’s importance as an innovator and transformer of the English language become apparent.

-excerpted from Corinne E. Blackmer‘s glbtq’s entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Margaret

December 10, 2008 at 5:50 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

“Comedy was all I ever wanted,” declares Cho in her memoir, I’m the One That I Want (2001). “When I began, I don’t think anyone believed I would go anywhere”, but the bisexual actress turned stand-up comedian has become one of the most prominent Asian Americans in show business and in glbtq culture.

Born to Korean immigrant parents on December 5, 1968 in San Francisco, California, Moran “Margaret” Cho draws from her “bi-cultural” experience as Korean-American as well as from everyday queer culture to forge her seductive style, which is enticing and amusing and never fails to surprise.

-excerpted from Miguel A. Segovia‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Janet

December 10, 2008 at 5:47 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

 

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

[In April 2008, Janet Jackson was] honored for her work in the gay community, receiving the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Award.

The ceremony, held in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, was presented by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Upon receiving her award, Janet said: “I love it. I never expected it in a million years so when I heard they wanted to honour me, I was really taken aback. It’s just for the work that I’ve done with AIDS and acknowledging the gay and lesbian community through my music and so on. I’m just very appreciative.”

Janet has always been vocal about gay rights, and even wrote her number one single “Together Again” as a tribute to a close friend who died from AIDS.

She added: “Even when I was younger, when I was growing up, my mother was very religious but there were a lot of kids who were dancers that she brought into the home and now that I think about it, they were gay.

“They all called her ‘Mother’ and she treated every one of them like they were her children. And that’s where it kind of started, I suppose. I’ve been around the community all my life.”

-excerpted from “Janet Jackson receives gay award”, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 29, 2008 (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Catherine

December 10, 2008 at 5:38 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

 

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

For many women (lesbians in particular), the career of the elegant and enigmatic Catherine Deneuve did not take off with Jacques Demy’s 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Nor did it begin with Roman Polanski’s pathological 1965 Repulsion, nor with Luis Buñuel’s [shocking] Belle Du Jour. It didn’t even begin with her 1980 award-winning performance in Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro. None of these legendary films that so skillfully exploited the icy fire of Deneuve’s inscrutable presence—nor any that came between or after—marked the beginning.

Instead that cataclysmic event, which has now become part of lesbian lore, began when a luminous Deneuve, playing an aristocratic vampire in Tony Scott’s 1983 film The Hunger, swooped down on an innocent and utterly bedazzled Susan Sarandon and,  for eight hot minutes, devoured her with explicit sex and unprecedented, everlasting sensual enthusiasm. Then she bit her, and the rest is history.

-excerpted from “Catherine Deneuve: The ultimate lesbian icon breaks her silence.”, The Advocate magazine, July 25, 1995 (read the rest)

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