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merging and purging

April 14th, 2017 | Other Projects

In honor of National Library Week, which is almost over, here is a post about books. Hol and I have kept our books separate until now. But ten years in, it seemed time to organize, cull, and merge them. There were piles of books everywhere, and it was impossible to find anything. It was a big project. For the most part our libraries were very complementary—Hol has large swaths of botany, natural history, poetry, and Jung. I have more fiction, memoir, lit crit, and Freud. But there were a few points of overlap:

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In these cases, one of us had to give up a book. I had signed copies of Sarah Schulman’s Girls, Visions, and Everything, and Judith Katz’s Running Fiercely from a High, Thin Sound. Hol had a signed Howl. So we’re giving away the unsigned ones.

For some reason we had three Moosewoods between us. We kept the one with the most notes and food spatters in it. Neither of us could part with our Hero With a Thousand Faces, or A Room of One’s Own. Or The Brothers Karamazov. I never read it, but it’s my dad’s Modern Library edition. Hol read it, and can’t let go of those well-thumbed Penguin Classics pages.

There was one other interesting point of complementarity. I have a boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia that I got for Christmas when I was ten. Somewhere along the line I lost one book—The Last Battle. Bizarrely, Holly, owns one volume of the Chronicles of Narnia—The Last Battle. It’s a slightly later edition, but it fits neatly into the slipcase with the others. A complete set at last.

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Postcards from the Edge

April 13th, 2017 | Other Projects

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The second post-trump episode of Dykes to Watch Out For. It’s up on the site of Seven Days, my local alt weekly here in Vermont. I plan to continue doing these on an occasional basis as a way of staying sane.

decluttering

April 13th, 2017 | Other Projects

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When I moved into my first apartment after college, in 1981, my friend Stefan gave me this can of water chestnuts as a housewarming gift. I kept moving it from apartment to apartment, house to house, throughout my twenties and thirties. I had a vague plan of writing a comic about it, as the one constant in all that flux, an eternal housewarming gift. It’s been kicking around my current home for twenty years.

Holly and I just did this massive purge of our books. I never thought I would ever get rid of books. When I read Mari Kondo’s “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and got to the part where she instructed you to toss your books out, I tossed her book out and kept all the other ones. But after a recent encounter with a hoarder, I can see that I really must let go of a lot of these books which are blotting out the sun. The can of water chestnuts got caught up in the purge. I’m going to open it now and see what nearly forty year old water chestnuts look like. Then I will compost them and recycle the can.

Goodbye Maggie

January 6th, 2017 | Other Projects

Maggie Jochild left the planet this morning. I dug back into the historical recesses of this blog and found this page where her comments created, as they always did, an elegantly digressive, looping colloquy with the other commenters. What an innocent time that pre-Facebook era was. And what a great connector we had in Maggie. She will be missed.

Maggie Jochild

January 3rd, 2017 | Other Projects

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Sending white light out to Maggie Jochild, old blog pal from back in the pre-facebook era. She is very ill, possibly dying. Maggie met her partner Margot through this blog years ago. Margot has managed to get from the UK to Austin, TX, to be with Maggie.

This is a photo of Maggie getting her hair cut at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival back in the day. I ripped it off–hope that’s okay–from this post she made about her first time at Michigan. A highlight:

And I tell you:  If I had had to deal with male socialization there on that land, I would not have found the freedom to become who I am now.  It simply would not have been possible.

I am very glad Maggie became who she is now. The world is a better place. You can read more of Maggie’s work on her own blog, Meta Watershed.

Same as it ever was, only much worse

November 23rd, 2016 | Strip Archive

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Since I stopped drawing Dykes to Watch Out For at the tail end of the Bush administration, people have asked me many times if I thought about my characters, and if so, what they were up to. And I would have to be honest. No, I didn’t think about them, and I had no idea what they were doing.

But last week they all started flooding back.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2016 | Strip Archive

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democracy now

July 31st, 2015 | Other Projects

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Here’s Mo watching Amy Goodman on Democracy Now in a 2004 Dykes to Watch Out For strip. In case you don’t already know this, Democracy Now is where to tune in if you ever want to find out what’s really going on in the world. I have always regarded Amy as a bit of a secular saint. She tells the truth, she knows everything, she’s deeply principled—and off camera, it turns out, she’s kind of hilarious. I had the great honor of being interviewed by Amy and her colleague Nermeen Shaikh on Tuesday. They did a special segment about Fun Home on Broadway, with me, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori.

Later that afternoon, I also appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers, along with some of the actors from Fun Home. I still think of Seth as the host of SNL’s Weekend Update, so that was a funny contrast with Democracy Now. He was really lovely, though, and it was amazing to see Emily Skeggs performing the lesbian love song “Changing My Major” on national television. What a strange day. (Here’s the full episode, with Ed Helms as the first guest, but unlike the Democracy Now clip, you will have to watch some commercials first.)