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Advice for Lovers
City Lights Spotlight No. 7
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Inspired by Ovid and renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a queer re-imaginging of the art of courtly love.
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All About Love
New Visions
bell hooks
It really is all about love. - Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books. "The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About...
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American Romances
Essays
Rebecca Brown
New England Puritanism meets West Coast hedonism in an inventive remix of America's cultural history.
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Bad Feminist
Essays
Roxanne Gay
I compulsively read Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist whenever I could get a spare moment. My commute (my life!) was vastly improved as it felt like my coolest, smartest, pop culture literate, and humane friend was sharing the ride, offering the low down on--and a considered critique of--the too numerous troublesome aspects of American life and culture.
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Bitch
In Praise of Difficult Women
Elizabeth Wurtzel
No one better understands the desire to be bad than Elizabeth Wurtzel. Bitch is a brilliant tract on the history of manipulative female behavior. By looking at women who derive their power from their sexuality, Wurtzel offers a trenchant cultural...
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Bitchfest
Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine
In the wake of Sassy and as an alternative to the more staid reporting of Ms., Bitch was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective. Both unabashed in its love for the...
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Critical Condition
Women on the Edge of Violence
Amy Scholder
While Aileen Wournos, the alleged “female serial killer” who insists she killed in self-defense, sits on death row, Hollywood filmmakers appropriate her story. Meanwhile, in our perverse justice system the sexual assaults and murders of forty-five...
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D-Passage
The Digital Way
Trinh T. Minh-ha
D-Passage is a unique book by the world-renowned filmmaker, artist, and critical theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha. Taking as grounding forces her feature film Night Passage and installation L'Autre marche (The Other Walk), both co-created with Jean-Paul Bourdier, she discusses the impact of new technology on cinema culture and explores its effects on...
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The Female Brain
Louann Brizendine, MD
Men and women. What are we even doing on the same planet? Everything you've suspected is true. Though our bodies function a little bit differently, the real gulf between the sexes is in the place where we really exist: the brain. Neurophysiological....
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Girls to the Front
The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution
Sara Marcus
In the early 1990s a group of friends in Olympia, Washington decided to tell the world what it felt like to be young and female in America. Through consciousness-raising meetings, zine exchanges, and numerous kick-ass all-girl punk bands, with the...
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Heroines
Kate Zambreno
"ANXIETY: When she experiences it, it's pathological," writes Zambreno. "When he does, it's existential." Heroines is a feminist rescue story, a trip back in time to commune with Zelda Fitzgerald, Jane Bowles and Vivienne Eliot, the forgotten wives...
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Inside/Out
Selected Poems
Marilyn Buck
The first-ever collection of Marilyn Buck's poetry, searing, soaring, a living tribute to her indomitable spirit, revolutionary intelligence, and poet's vision.
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Insurgent Muse
Life and Art at the Woman's Building
Terry Wolverton
In the 1970s, the West Coast feminist art movement coalesced around the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, founded by artist Judy Chicago. Arriving as a young art student in 1976, Terry Wolverton stayed on to become a teacher and co-founder of the...
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The Mayor of Castro Street
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Randy Shilts
Known as “The Mayor of Castro Street” even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk’s personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power...

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