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posted by [personal profile] bladderwrack at 10:50pm on 01/12/2009 under
"A recent anthology on postmodern sexualities, entitled (probably inevitably) Pomosexuals(Queen & Schimel 1997), begins with a remark on language. The editors recall that at the 1996 Lambda Literary Awards ceremony, a lesbian comic suggested that a new term was needed to replace the "lengthy and cumbersome yet politically correct tag currently used by and for our community: 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Friends' ". The word the comic offered was "Sodomites." Why not? the editors wonder: "[i]t's certainly more succinct, and is actually less glib than it seems upon first reflection, for that is what most people assume LGBT&F actually means, anyway""
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posted by [personal profile] bladderwrack at 08:29am on 18/05/2009 under
"the composition of vast books is a laborious and impoverishing extravagance. to go on for five hundred pages developing an idea whose perfect oral exposition is possible in a few minutes! a better course of procedure is to pretend that these books already exist, and then to offer a resume, a commentary...more reasonable, more inept, more indolent, i have preferred to write notes upon imaginary books." - borges
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"Throughout almost the entire 20th century the round room had been used as the 'quality junk' room. Once in the 1960s, when the room was still filled almost to the ceiling, I entered to find that some friends, having taken acid, had unfurled three or four very large old Chinese garden parasols made of varnished paper. Sitting beneath them, they were playing backgammon, nattering away in French, imagining themselves to be in a Belle Epoque Parisian café. This was odd since it later transpired none of them could speak French."

-- Lord St. Germans, Port Eliot: a guide

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