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Sep 1 '14
Respect your characters, even the ­minor ones. In art, as in life, everyone is the hero of their own particular story; it is worth thinking about what your minor characters’ stories are, even though they may intersect only slightly with your protagonist’s.
— Sarah Waters (via harmonyinkpress)

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Sep 1 '14

homosexualityandcivilization:

[Photoset: Willy Pogany’s illustrations for The Songs of Bilitis, done for a privately circulated collection of the text in New York.]

This little book of ancient love is respectfully dedicated to the young ladies of the society of the future.” -Author’s Dedication

Written in 1894 by Pierre Louÿs, The Songs of Bilitis are a notable text not only because of its content, but what it pretended to be. When the book of verse was initially released, Louÿs claimed the poems were found on a wall in Cyprus, written by a contemporary of Sappho named Bilitis. Thus, the Songs were his own personal ‘translation’, with all one hundred and forty-three poems styled after Sappho’s method. One of them, The Living Past, is copied below:

I left the bed as she had left it, unmade and rumpled, coverlets awry, so that her body’s print might rest still warm beside my own.


Until the next day I did not go to bathe, I wore no clothes and did not dress my hair, for fear I might erase some sweet caress.


That morning I did not eat, nor yet at dusk, and put no rouge nor powder on my lips, so that her kiss might cling a little longer.


I left the shutters closed, and did not open the door, for fear the memory of the night before might vanish with the wind.

Louÿs went to great lengths to ensure the public of its authenticity, listing some poems as untranslated and creating a section of the book with ‘historical’ background on Bilitis herself. His in-depth knowledge of ancient Greek culture allowed the ruse to continue for quite some time, letting the work gain a great deal of notoriety.

Even exposure of the truth did little to change public opinion of the poetry, as it is nonetheless a very sympathetic portrayal of women in love with one another for the time period, including an embrace of sexuality that was still regularly being censored, as Louÿs was a contemporary and friend of Oscar Wilde.

Claude Debussy composed a musical adaptation for some of the epigrams - Chansons de Bilitis (Lesure Number 90) - in 1898, to be accompanied with voice and piano. Six more epigraphs were eventually commissioned from him to match Louÿs’ work. Several more editions of the Songs were printed, with many different illustrators trying their hands at rendering the scenes within.

The entirety of The Songs of Bilitis, including illustrations, can be found here. Three arcs compose the entire text; the first showing Bilitis as she goes through her youth, the second in discovering an attraction to women, and the latter in indulgence of divine mysteries and mysticism.

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Sep 1 '14

Nicole reviews Out of This World by Maggie Morton

Nicole reviews Out of This World by Maggie Morton

outofthisworld

For once, I’ve found a lesbian erotica novel that has good proofreading, a solid plot, and steamy scenes that don’t make me cringe. And it’s not every day that I find one of those.

Let’s get into a bit more detail here.  First, the synopsis.  Protagonist Iris finds herself trying to make a new beginning and get over her ex by traveling to Amsterdam. In a taxi from the airport, the world around…

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Aug 31 '14

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Aug 31 '14

Abigail reviews Puzzled by the Clues by Jean Sheldon

Abigail reviews Puzzled by the Clues by Jean Sheldon

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“Fill me in, Nora. A dope-buying professor, a group of Nazi sympathizers, this is way beyond Chicago politics as usual.”

That quote seems to nicely encapsulate the ambience of the second book in the Nic and Nora series. Puzzled by the Clues is involved with a much more dramatic plot than its predecessor, She Overheard Murder, which I reviewed previously. This installment in the 1940’s lesbian…

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Aug 31 '14

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Aug 31 '14
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We (Ellie and Sarah) were in Chicago today and this was the main window display at Women and Children First, the feminist book store.  
On the cardboard where it says “Rest In Power” are the names of murdered black people, from Mike Brown to Islan Nettles to ‘my friend’s student’.    To the left two signs read “Injustice is a Feminist Issue” and “Ferguson is a Feminist Issue”.   On the right a sign says “The idea that some lives matter LESS is the root of all that is wrong in the world”.  Below is a selection of books on African American issues or by African American authors, focusing on feminist, womanist, and LGBT themes.  
Across the bottom is a quote by bisexual African Caribbean-American poet and author June Jordan (that’s her yellow book to the left called Some Of Us Did Not Die, which is amazing btw).  The quote reads:

"And what shall we do, we who did not die?  What shall we do now?  How shall we grieve, and cry out loud, and face down despair?  Is there an honorable, non-violent means towards mourning and remembering who and what we loved?"

bisexual-books:

We (Ellie and Sarah) were in Chicago today and this was the main window display at Women and Children First, the feminist book store.  

On the cardboard where it says “Rest In Power” are the names of murdered black people, from Mike Brown to Islan Nettles to ‘my friend’s student’.    To the left two signs read “Injustice is a Feminist Issue” and “Ferguson is a Feminist Issue”.   On the right a sign says “The idea that some lives matter LESS is the root of all that is wrong in the world”.  Below is a selection of books on African American issues or by African American authors, focusing on feminist, womanist, and LGBT themes.  

Across the bottom is a quote by bisexual African Caribbean-American poet and author June Jordan (that’s her yellow book to the left called Some Of Us Did Not Die, which is amazing btw).  The quote reads:

"And what shall we do, we who did not die?  What shall we do now?  How shall we grieve, and cry out loud, and face down despair?  Is there an honorable, non-violent means towards mourning and remembering who and what we loved?"

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Aug 30 '14

[image description: two photos of Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour with a daisy]

Currently reading; Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour 

"A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

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Aug 29 '14
malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

malindalo:

From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

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Aug 29 '14

TB reviews Daite by Hildred Billings

TB reviews Daite by Hildred Billings

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Daite by Hildred Billings has the makings for an entertaining romance. There are sexy women, drama, love, broken hearts, and steamy scenes.

Jun is dedicated to her job and she hopes to run her family’s hotel business someday. When she finally thinks her uncle is about to hand over the reins to her, she discovers that he’s sending her to Nagoya to become the new local general manager. This…

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