Monthly Archives: January 2010

Historical query

In the chunk of her memoirs printed in today’s Observer, Patti Smith talks about how her couple of early meetings with Mapplethorpe led to his saving her from a predator. She was working in a bookstore, was starving and had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The Guardian and Me

I have been thinking about the ongoing obsession of the Guardian with publishing transphobic articles, and it occurs to me that it might all be my fault. Many years ago, I wrote a profile of Cynthia Payne, the Streatham madame, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 19 Comments

Amazonfail and Macmillanfail

I hope some day to be publishd by Tor and I buy a lot of books and records on Amazon. However, Amazon, when they suddenly axed paid content, cut my income by two-thirds overnight, and Macmillan’s academic subsidiary Palgrave, who … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Some people have enquired…

what Julie Bindel is like. Here she is expressing some views on gay men and gay male misogyny which stray into some very odd territory. I mean, yes, some gay men are horribly misogynistic, but for Julie it is all … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 43 Comments

I am told that there is a rumout I have been asked to appear opposite Bindel on Queer Question Time. This is not true. A couple of people involved in conversations of which I am a part have said, more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Fantasy goggles and what they make us see

This is being headlined in various places as ‘Woman falls into Picasso painting’ rather than ‘through’ or ‘against’. ‘Into’ would mean that she suddenly found herself wandering along the beach with the saltimbanques, running away from the Guernica beasts or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

A poem about dead cats

I never met the cat Zoe properly because I was taken very ill the one time I stayed at the Wisconsin house – but I promised that I would write something and here it is. Like My other dead but … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 8 Comments