Anna Marie reviews Girls, Visions & Everything and The Gentrification of the Mind 

The cover of Girls, Visions, and Everything as well as Gentrification of the Mind by Sarah Schulman

Over the summer I set myself the challenge of reading one Sarah Schulman book per month – my interest had been sparked because my queer platonic partner had written her dissertation on one of Schulman’s novels Girls, Visions & Everything and the dissertation was really great! I ended up reading 4, one each month of summer with a bonus one in july! The other three were After DeloresThe Gentrification of the Mind and Empathy. Here are reviews of my two favourites, both of which I gave 5 stars to.

Like I said, girls, visions & everything was the first book I read, and I read it in about two days whilst I was on holiday, by a pool soaking up the heat. My setting perfectly mirrored the books sweaty summer time atmosphere. At that time it was the dyke-iest book I had read so far in 2018 (I think it’s now been slightly eclipsed by Sarah Waters’ book tipping the velvet). The story gives us a brief glimpse into dyke-about-town, Lila, who lives in new york city and is exploring and finding new relationships and making art. It’s unapologetically queer, sexy and sharply meaningful. The prose is really beautiful, like drinking water: simple and clear. As a character, Lila has stayed with me, and the lessons she learns in the text are relatable and sweet. The book includes some moments of harassment & discussions about sexual violence.

The other five star book I read of Schulman’s was not a novel, and in fact I think it was probably the best nonfiction book i’ve ever read! It was the 2012 book the gentrification of the mind: witness to a lost imagination. The book is about the ways that gentrification was affected and accelerated by the AIDS crisis both in terms of its physical & financial affect on life in New York City, but also in how it lead to a gentrification of the mind – of art and artist practice and community space too. it’s very tragic, but it honestly blew my mind as i read it, and it really made me consider and question my role in continuing gentrification(s) and inspired me to make active choices about the art I make and the spaces I encourage and support with my presence and my money. It is focused on the US and I live in the UK, but I still found it to be pertinent and interesting to my gay life. I definitely think if you’re an artist you should read this book!!

I’m excited to read more Sarah Schulman books, especially Rat Bohemia, and her first novel The Sophie Horowitz Story. If you would like to hear my thoughts on all four of the books I read I made a video about them here.

Link Round Up: March 26 – April 10

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Autostraddle posted

BCLA LGBTQ Interest Group posted YA Fiction Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters that I Either Love or Am Really Excited About.

Lambda Literary posted The 8th Annual Rainbow Book Fair and New in April: Edmund White, Mariko Tamaki, Jonathan Corcoran, S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle.

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The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur.

The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism by Adrian Brooks was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf was reviewed at Omnivore Bibliosaur.

The Gay Revolution: the Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman was reviewed GLBT ALA Reviews.

Searching For Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet by Philip Freeman was reviewed at GLBT ALA Reviews.

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When I Was Your Girlfriend by Nikki Harmon was reviewed at Sistahs On the Shelf.

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden was reviewed by Anna Larner.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta was reviewed at BD Live.

Felicity by Mary Oliver was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Juliana by Vanda was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity and Ideas by Betsy Warland was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Link Round Up: December 22 – 28

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Afterwritten posted Keep It Queer: How My Love Affair with LGBTQ YA Started.

Autostraddle posted Liberty Lit #62: Snowing Pages.

Sarah Waters was interviewed at the hairpin.

The Sista Hood on the Mic by E-Fierce Twinja Book Reviews.

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Under a Falling Star by Jae was reviewed at Lesbian Reading Room.

June Magee, R.N. Festival Nurse by Anne McMan, with Salem West and Barrett was reviewed at Lesbian Reading Room.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley was reviewed at Afterwritten.

Fighting Kudzu by Mystic Thompson was reviewed at Gay YA.

Link Round Up: December 16 – 21

MandOForever  dyke-the-halls   lieswetellourselves

AfterEllen posted How to Have a Very Lesbian Christmas.

Babbling About Books posted Announcing the 2015 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event! (#LFAE2015).

GayYA posted

primarystein  missedher   badfeminist

Women and Words has been celebrating their holiday hootenanny! (Giveaways every day!)

Ivan Coyote was written about at ZY.

Catherine Lundoff posted On LGBT Science Fiction and Fantasy 2000-2010 (Part 2).

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Primary Stein: Returning to the Writings of Gertrude Stein edited by Janet Boyd and Sharon J. Kirsch was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

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Link Round Up: December 8 – 14

NoStraightLines   dogsofwar   SpitandPassion

Autostraddle posted Lez Liberty Lit #61: Snowing Pages.

Elisa posted 2014 Rainbow Award Winners.

GLBT Reviews posted

acupofwaterundermybed   zami   lieswetellourselves

Lambda Literary posted

Malinda Lo posted 2014 LGBT YA by the Numbers and A Holiday Gift Guide to My Books.

Robin Talley was interviewed at R U Coming Out.

“Outhouse library: a new home in Dublin for LGBT literature” was posted at Irish Times.

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Love Enough by Dionne Brand was reviewed at Lindy Reads and Reviews.

Season’s Meetings by Amy Dunne was reviewed at Far Nerdy and Lesbian Reading Room.

Just Girls by Rachel Gold was reviewed at I’m With Geek.

Somewhere To Run by Anna Goldman was reviewed at The Rainbow Hub.

Under a Falling Star by Jae was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

An American Queer: The Amazon Trail by Lee Lynch was posted at GLBT Reviews.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was reviewed at Lindy Reads and Reviews.

Year of the Monsoon by Caren Werlinger was reviewed at C-Spot Reviews.

Mara by Brian Wood was reviewed at crunchings & munchings.

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Link Round Up: May 29 – June 3

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The Advocate posted 10 Great LGBT Summer Reads.

AfterEllen posted The AfterEllen Book Club: Choices for June.

Autostraddle posted Lez Liberty Lit #47: Filled With Poetry.

 

Bold Strokes Nottingham Festival is happening on June 7th and 8th! Authors who are attending have been posting on BSB blog.

LGBTQ Recs Month posted Posting Instructions.

The Rainbow Reader posted Forty Years On with Dykewomon and Jacobs.

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Sistahs On the Shelf posted Books 2 Check Out – May 2014.

Tess Sharpe, author of Far From You, was interviewed at Bisexual Books.

Living as a Lesbian by Cheryl Clarke was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

That’s So Gay! Microagressions in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community by Kevin L. Nadal was reviewed at Bisexual Books.

Viral by Suzanne Parker was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Playing My Love by Angela Peach was reviewed at Girl Guide London.

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Link Round Up: April 3-9

TheChelseaWhistle   madnessvase   FirstSpringGrassFire

Autostraddle posted Poet and Activist, Andrea Gibson: The Autostraddle Interview and Liberty Lit #17: You Hate The Word “Moist” For A Reason.

ELIXHER posted Black Enterprise April Cover Features Lesbian Couple.

Lambda Literary posted Lammy Finalist Readings 2013.

Piercing Fiction posted It’s time to be more discriminating in [lesbian] books. (I loved this article. I think it’s really necessary.)

Queer Books Please posted Episode 12 – What Not To Read (when you’re first coming out) and An Informal Guide on Finding More Books to Read (without depending on Amazon or Goodreads) (This is another article I really recommend!).

Queer Women of Color Media Wire posted Nominate Your Favorite Queer Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans POETS of Color.

Women and Words posted Alice In Rainbowland – My Venture and Adventure to the Rainbow Book Fair by Doreen Perrine.

RoseofNoMan'sLand   PrettyLittleLiars   Twixt

“10 LGBT-Themed Novels That Every Student Should Read” was posted at Flavorwire.

The Rainbow Book Fair is happening April 13th in NYC.

The 10th Anniversary of The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival takes place May 23-26 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kelli Jae Baeli posted Lesbian Readers & Writers.

A video of Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon performing Gender Failure was posted at BFIIvan was also reviewed at BC Bookworld.

Sarah Diemer posted Sneak Peek at TWIXT: First Chapter Download + Book Trailer! and a post about who can read lesbian books.

Malinda Lo posted I’m all over the internet this week and Diversity in 2012 Young Adult Bestsellers.

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Slices of Life by Georgia Beers was reviewed at Piercing Fiction.

Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies by Elizabeth J. Colen was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

How Poetry Saved My Life by Amber Dawn was reviewed by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.

Snapshots of a Past by Julia Jay was reviewed at Lesfic Insomniac (plus interview!).

Second Chances by Eliza Lentzski was reviewed at Lesfic Insomniac (plus interview!).

Do You Dream in Color?: Insights from a Girl Without Sight by Laurie Rubin was discussed at Curve Magazine.

The End of San Francisco: a Memoir by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was discussed at The Capitol Hill Times.

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Link Round Up: Dec 5-18

Rubyfruit   TheColorPurple   FriedGreenTomatoes

Autostraddle posted

How do we define Lesbian Literature? posted 30 responses to the questions: 1. How do you identify yourself in the world? 2. How would you define Lesbian Literature? 3. What have your experiences been like with Lesbian Literature, and how have you experienced it throughout your personal or formal education? If you have never experienced Lesbian Literature why do you think that is?

Women and Words was been hosting the 12-Day Holiday Hootenanny, 2012, with tons of book giveaways! Check back every day!

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emily m danforth‘s The Miseducation of Cameron Post has been announced as a 2013 Morris Award Finalist.

Sarah Diemer posted

Eloise Klein Healy has been selected as LA’s first poet laureate and was interviewed at Lambda Literary.

Annameekee Hesik was interviewed at I’m Here. I’m Queer. What the Hell Do I Read?

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Malinda Lo posted My favorite YA sci-fi and fantasy novels of 2012 and My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012.

Sarah Terez Rosenblum, author of Herself When She’s Missing, was interviewed at Curve Mag.

Laurie Salzler was interviewed at Women and Words.

Rebekah Weatherspoon posted Lots of news! Events! Awards! News! News! News!

Jeanette Winterson was written about at The Arts Desk.

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“‘Reading Queer Series’ To Promote Miami as a Center for LGBTQ Literature” was posted by Neil de la Flor.

“ANNOUNCEMENT: 1970s Gay & Lesbian YA Read-a-Long” was posted at Bonjour, Cass!

“Books: Last minute ideas for your gay bibliophile” was posted at GA Voice.

CoaltoDiamonds   CarrytheOne   ItsOurProm

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw was reviewed by Bonjour, Cass! as part of the Green Carnation Prize project.

The Book of Eleanor by Nat Burns was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto and Michelle Tea was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Julie Anne Peters’s books were recommended by Tori Munro on Youtube.

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters was reviewed at bookshelves of doom.

ParallelVisions   YouSetMeOnFire   BrokenLikeThis

Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield was reviewed by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.

First Grass Spring Fire by Rae Spoon (a queer/trans novel/memoir) was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

(You) Set Me on Fire by Mariko Tamaki was reviewed by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian.

Broken Like This by Monica Trasandes was reviewed at Lambda Literary.

Seminal Murder by Mary Vermillion was reviewed at The Rainbow Reader.

As always, there are lots more links at the Lesbrary’s twitter and facebook accounts!