June 28th, 2009 | Oddments, Other Projects
Thanks, everyone, for keeping the conversation going here–I’ve been very inattentive to the blog, partly because I’ve been working hard on my book. Here’s a sketch, as proof.
This is a scene of a Pride march in NYC that I attended in the early eighties. It’s been odd working on it this weekend since of course today is Pride day. (Or at least we used to call it that. Do we still?) And tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. I didn’t plan that, but it’s added an interesting resonance to the work. I think this particular march that I’m drawing was the 13th anniversary of Stonewall. It’s very peculiar to think that more than twice that length of time has elapsed since then.
Also on a visual note, did you see these lost photos of the Stonewall rebellion that the NY Times recently published?
And here’s a little selection of thoughts about Stonewall by a bunch of guys–the veteran radical gay activist Peter Tatchell on our lost radicalism. A younger gay man responding to Peter, saying thanks for what you did, but now please stop being so self-righteous. Our ally Frank Rich about how he never even heard of Stonewall until years after the fact, and how annoyed he is with Obama’s current foot-dragging on LGBT issues. Oh, and historian Eric Marcus has a nice piece in the New York Post today, busting some of the myths about the Stonewall riots.
Coming later today…I’ll make a post on Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, so we can begin our scheduled discussion.