Archive for April, 2011

Lesbian Pulp Novels, 1935-1965

April 28, 2011

I LOVE mid-20th-century lesbian pulp novels and am always on the lookout for resources relating to this awesome genre. Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has a really cool digital collection of 25 front and back covers of classic lesbian pulps published between 1935-1958.

All of the cover images include extensive publication information on the books. They have a number of my favorites, such as Paula Christian’s Edge of Twilight. More info about the collection is also available on Beinecke’s blog!


The Kathleen Hanna Project: Call for Submissions

April 26, 2011

The Kathleen Hanna Project  is currently looking for video submissions!

Check it out and spread the word!

RIP, Poly Styrene

April 26, 2011

This morning I received the very sad news that Poly Styrene, punk feminist lead singer of the band X-Ray Spex, passed away yesterday at age 53. She was an amazing musician and activist, and as Beth Ditto put it, “so ahead of her time…she recreated punk.”

Word of Poly’s passing is all over music sites/blogs- check out Brooklyn Vegan or NME for more information. Here she is performing in the song that helps me remember why I identify as a feminist punk.

CLARA: Database of Women Artists

April 25, 2011

I realized that it’s been awhile since I last blogged about feminist/women’s art resources, so I’m going to change that today! The National Museum of Women in the Arts maintains a database called CLARA, which offers authoritative information on 18,000+ women artists of all time periods and nationalities. Site visitors can browse included artists by last name, or can search by artistic role, nationality, styles, minority group, or work type/media.

I did a preliminary last name search for Cindy Sherman and learned that her database record also included key information such as her biography, past/present exhibitions and retrospectives, and awards received.

Sarah Schulman event

April 21, 2011

So is it just me or is Sarah Schulman one of the coolest people to ever have lived? She’s written tons of awesome books (e.g. The Sophie Horowitz Story),  co-founded the New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival (now called MIX), and was a key member of ACT UP for years. She’s currently a professor of English at the College of Staten Island (for the record, I’d ride the ferry to take a class of hers any day).

Imagine my delight when I learned that Sarah will be appearing at the Union Theological Seminary on Monday, May 2nd for an event called “United in Anger: Documenting the History of ACT UP.” The event will run from 4-5:30PM and will be held in the Social Hall.

Unfortunately the email I received didn’t provide much additional information about the event, but if you have any specific questions you can contact

The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving

April 19, 2011

The University of Virginia maintains an excellent online database called The Bibliography of Slavery and World Slaving. The bibliography contains 25,000+ citations of works on slavery and slaving in a wide variety of formats, including books, journal articles, and museum exhibitions. All academic disciplines are included, as well as materials in nearly 30 languages. Published works dating as far back as 1900 are included.

Although the database does not offer browsing capabilities, visitors can search by title, author, keyword, type of material, and/or language of material.

When Language Runs Dry

April 12, 2011

I’m a volunteer at a zine library and come across all sorts of cool zines every week. Today I wanted to write about one in particular that I want to share with everybody I know. It’s called “When Language Runs Dry: A Zine for People with Chronic Pain and Their Allies.”

The zine is written by Claire and Meredith, and they’re currently looking for people to submit writing/art for their fourth issue.  If you’re interested in buying the zine, there’s a cool deal on Etsy where you can get two issues for $6.

I’m really in awe of this feminist project and rather than attempt to describe the editor’s mission myself I’m going to use a quote from When Language Runs Dry’s blog:

“Finding good information and meaningful dialog about chronic pain can be challenging. Many of the resources out there are very clinical, too general, or are written from outside the pain experience. There are few voices by folks with chronic pain about their struggles and how they keep living as full of a life as possible. This zine attempts to begin to fill the empty space with a diversity of voices telling their stories.”

World Food Habits Bibliography

April 8, 2011

While selecting anthropology books for my library I realized that I haven’t really posted anthropology resources for my blog before. Thus, today I want to talk about World Food Habits, a bibliography of resources pertaining to the anthropology of food and nutrition.

World Food Habits is divided both by world region (e.g. East Asia and historical Europe) and by topic (i.e. eating attitudes, feasts & festivals, and vegetarian diets). The site was last updated in March 2011, and is maintained by Robert Dirks of Illinois State University.

It’s really an excellent resource for anyone interested in food/cultural anthropology, and I’m going to use it myself as a collection development aid!

The Reality Shows: A Conversation with Karen Finley

April 6, 2011

Tonight NYU’s Department of Performance Studies is hosting an exciting event featuring performance artist Karen Finley and performance studies scholar Ann Pellegrini in light of Finley’s new book, The Reality Shows.

Just a heads up- you don’t need to RSVP for the talk, but you should come early if you plan on going, as seats are on a first-come first-serve basis, and a LOT of people are excited about the publication of The Reality Shows! (This includes me- I just bought it for my library today!)


Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (documentary)

April 5, 2011

Last night I was delighted to attend the world premiere of Le Tigre’s new documentary, Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour, at MOMA. The film screening was followed by a Q&A session with two of Le Tigre’s three members, Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman (JD Samson was on tour with her band MEN and thus was unable to attend).

Who Took the Bomp? follows Le Tigre on a 2004-2005 world tour in support of their final album, This Island. The film evoked a vast array of emotions in me, ranging from sheer hilarity (i.e. Johanna’s retelling of a conversation with a guy who said his goal was to beat up a shark) to dejection (JD’s description of the band needing to decide whether to allow a magazine to run an ad in which they refused to include the word “lesbian”) to euphoria (Kathleen belting out “Hot Topic” while images of feminist books and artwork flashed on a projection screen).

Among the screening’s attendees was my friend and feminist inspiration Kate Wadkins, who worked on the film and was given a shout out by Kathleen Hanna for her recently released zine, International Girl Gang Underground.

Who Took the Bomp? will be available on DVD on June 7 for the amazingly affordable price of $15.99, and can be pre-ordered now. I’m definitely going to buy a copy for my library’s feminist/gender studies collection!