There and back again

That was a busy week! Two cross-half-the-country trips, both overnight, and I somehow managed to avoid the worst snarls of weather-related travel drama. But I’m very glad to be back in Austin, where it’s supposed to hit 70 this weekend. Texas, sometimes I love you a lot. I keep tagging things to post here and…

Sei Shonagon and her glorious lists

Here’s a Christmas gift: this post, by the delightful Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown (recently the organizer of #mooreandme), which explains why and how Sei Shonagon‘s Pillow Book should seem familiar to contemporary readers: But the book, despite being written from and about a way of life that ended centuries ago, reads as nigh-freakishly contemporary.…

Gathering gifts

This is probably the second least holiday-ish holiday season I’ve had — I have no courses or teaching to take a break from, end-stage dissertations do not give you downtime unless you force them to, and for various family reasons I won’t be traveling. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still enjoying choosing gifts for…

Lambda Literary’s gift guides

The Lambda Literary Foundation blog is also featuring a series of specialized LGBTQ gift guides, including a list “for your bisexual best friend” that features Alcestis. Here’s the guide in its entirety, with more than 75 books listed. If you aren’t a supporter of Lambda Literary, now is an excellent time to join up and…

Hipster Book Club holiday gift guide

This is possibly the best thing I’ve found on the internet lately, and I’m not even saying that because Alcestis is included in it: the Hipster Book Club’s holiday gift guide. Ten pages of quirky, funny book recommendations, with categories from “Geek Love” to “Ladies’ Choice” to “General Fiction.” If you want to buy books…

Band of Thebes queer lit survey

A quick post tonight to mention the Best LGBT Books of 2010 list posted this week at the Band of Thebes blog. I contributed a recommendation, as did 79 other writers — including Lillian Faderman, whose recommendation is exactly what I almost submitted! (She nominated The Little Stranger, which, while not explicitly a lesbian book,…

Miscellany again

Bliss: not having a headache after days of lingering migraine. Of course, I made up for it by taking a fierce tumble while I was out running on an especially rocky trail this morning and whacking the hell out of my knee. I don’t even know what I tripped on. Sigh. While I’m sitting on…