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Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh and How It Went

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feminist zine fest pittsburgh table set up

Feminist Zine Fest Pittsburgh happened at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination this year on June 17th.

Yes, it’s been a few weeks between the fest and this blog post talking about it. To be fair, I was working on KickStarter fulfillment, catching up on deadlines, and getting a new gig or two.

Now I can talk about the fest, of which there are two things about it I remember most clearly: Continue reading →

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Review Day Tuesday: The Museum of Intangible Things

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Today’s review was a little hard to do, and has a little more to it than previous reviews.

The Museum of Intangible Things advertised itself as a young adult road trip novel, but what it REALLY is, is an exploration of mental illness and friendships being tested.

With that said, I hope you enjoy today’s video as I talk more about the book.

Thanks for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

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Review Day Tuesday: Heart of Darkmeat

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Yes! Review Day Tuesdays are back, baby! The only change is there are now new reviews every other week.

You can get a copy of this book through Rubber Punk.

Thanks for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.

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ArtSnacks is Deliciously Awesome

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For my birthday this year, my Grammy (who is one of the most interesting people I know and I could tell stories about her for days) said she would help cover two subscriptions for me. I just had to tell her which ones I wanted.

I knew my answer straight away. 1. A subscription to The Artist’s Magazine (which I’ll talk about in a future post) and 2. A subscription to ArtSnacks.

Now, ArtSnacks is NOT paying me to write this. They didn’t ask me to write this, either. I’m just writing this to tell you about the service…

Because it’s deliciously awesome. Continue reading →

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Thoughts on “Transgender Warriors” and Leslie Friedman

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I’m currently reading a fascinating book called Transgender Warriors by Leslie Friedman. It makes me think of The Yellow Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee in that both books are part memoir, part history books. The Yellow Lighted Bookshop is about the history of books as much as it’s the tale of the author growing into a mature librarian. Transgender Warriors is as much about Friedman as it is about trans people in history.

I recognized quite a few names of warriors in the first few chapters, as those people of history also appear in David E. Jones’s Women Warriors: A History. Women Warriors acknowledges that many of the women cross-dressed or exhibited more masculine qualities (like King Nzinga) but still has that gender binary. You have to infer that some women in that book were, in fact, non-binary. Maybe not “trans,” but definitely falling outside of man/woman dichotomies.

With that said, Friedman’s personal history is profoundly biased in one way: s/he was an active member, for many years, of the World Workers Party, a communist organization that was an offshoot of the Socialist Party in the USA. For all I know, s/he may still be a member.

So, there are many, many, many, MANY moments in the book that are cringe/noteworthy. To say s/he is NOT a fan of capitalism is an understatement on par with “I think North Korea may have a humanitarian problem.” Continue reading →

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