Archive for August, 2013

triple pun

August 31st, 2013


I love seeing these Sears cartop storage things. Here’s the logo…

sears x-cargo

… a cartoon snail combined with the word “X-cargo.” Meaning extra cargo space. But it’s also a pun on escargot, the French word for snail. And a snail carries its house on its back. So it’s like a bilingual pun and a visual pun all together.

I don’t know if I read about this somewhere or figured it out myself. It was a long time ago when I first noticed it.

still going through stuff…

August 15th, 2013

…from my mom’s house. She has a mint condition Dykes to Watch Out For mouse pad that I’m gonna sell on eBay. It was one of the last items of merchandise I made in the mid-1990s, before I shut down my mail-order swag business.

mouse pad

It’s got a hard plastic surface. The black rubber backing is a little discolored but otherwise fine. The design is a take-off on Norman Rockwell’s “Chain of Gossip.”

Which I stole again over a decade later for the cover of The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

I also just came across this picture of me in what strikes me as a bizarrely butch outfit for a baby girl circa 1962. What were my parents thinking?

butch baby 1962

Fun Home! The Musical!

August 6th, 2013

The musical version of Fun Home, created by Jeanine Tesori (music) and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics) is opening for real this October at the Public Theater in NYC. Here’s a picture of me last fall, during the workshop of the play, with Sydney Lucas, the girl who plays “Small Alison.” Hearing her sing Lisa and Jeanine’s song “Ring of Keys,” based on page 118 of the book, is worth the price of admission.


Here I am with all three Alisons, including Beth Malone (regular Alison), and Alexandra Socha (Medium Alison.)


Well, come see for yourself if you want. Tickets go on sale on August 8. Here’s a link to Fun Home on the Public Theater’s site.

no, i am not turning into j.d. salinger

August 6th, 2013

One of you wrote to ask me this. I have been getting concerned emails from various blog regulars about the disappearance of recent posts and the lack of any new ones. The disappearance is due to a problem my web host has been having. The lack of new posts is just due to my being busy and not having much to report. Here’s something, though:

I just got this Oberlin College t-shirt in the mail. I think it was because I gave money to the alumni fund. But I really love it. In fact I am wearing it for the third day straight. I like the design, which is an image of one of the iconic “womb chairs” in the Oberlin College Library. But I also like the t-shirt itself. It fits perfectly. Most t-shirts don’t, they grab or pull or bag or otherwise impinge on one.

womb chair

I guess I have reached some strange new phase of life, where I fret about t-shirt comfort and give money to my alma mater.