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Posted By Sandra Alland

So I just emerged from my worst-ever fibro coma of pain (more on this in my next installment -- "I Don't Heart the NHS"), and read Virginie Despentes' newly-translated King Kong Theory. As soon as I finished reading, I started again, breathless with bliss. The book is a short collection of personal/political essays about women's (non-)rights. Despentes, for those of you who don't know her, is the author of the novel Baise-Moi (Rape Me), which she also co-directed for the screen (a brilliant piece about rape and its psychological impact that was of course banned because it dared to show women reacting to violence with violence, and because it was written and co-directed by sex workers). In King Kong Theory, Despentes discusses feminism, "masculinity" and "femininity", rape, sex work, pornography, how much it can suck to be a woman writer, capitalism and class. She is brilliant and uncompromising, she is the kind of feminism that changes the world. Je t'aime Virginie Despentes...

SA


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Something to cheer up the winter blahs...

Every Sunday night at 7:30pm at The Street (corner of Broughton St), Lily teaches queer salsa  for only £5 per class, and she's great! Free dancing and hanging out after 8:30pm. A new performance night soon to follow, featuring Zorras, Lily and Ania!

SA


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Israel bombed the UN headquarters in Gaza yesterday, destroying all the food and medicine that was meant for aid to injured and displaced Palestinians (many of whom were also in the buildings). They also bombed media buildings and a hospital. Worse still, they are using illegal warfare -- toxic bombs that are not permitted in civilian areas. But no harm done -- Israel said they were "sorry" afterwards... If you want to support Palestinians from Scotland, go to Scottish Palestinian Solidarity.


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

To put it mildly, I've never been a fan of the royals. But really, this is too much. Just what the UK needed was another racist army wanker, this time Prince Harry, calling someone Paki. And to see the video over and over on television. The official message to the nation is that foreigners, especially brown ones, will never really be welcome here. And that racism is just fine with the army and the royal family. Not that any of this is shocking...

In better news, XXY is an incredible film about an intersexed teen in Uruguay. The actress, Ines Efron, is sublime, as is the direction by Argentinian writer (and first-time filmmaker) Lucia Puenzo. See it if you can, though it's not easy to find in Edinburgh...

xo

SA


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Ah, Edinburgh. City where I have now been egged twice by homophobic idiots. I don't really know what more to add to that. Eggs hurt quite a freakin lot, bruise skin even more, and ruin clothes. Yay, eggs. Yay, cowards. Yay, Scotland.

In other depressing news, that Patti Smith documentary kinda reeks. I love Patti Smith. I don't love watching her eat a hot dog on Coney Island for ten minutes. I don't know... I watch a documentary about a rock star poet, and I guess I kinda want to see... rock n' roll and poetry? Not hot dogs. Not her annoying 14 year-old son. Not endless shots of her apartment. Etc. Snore. And it must've been quite hard to make Patti Smith boring. I guess they deserve kudos for that at least...

xo

SA


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Well, if I didn't already have enough reasons to seriously dislike banks (e.g. government bailouts, investment in unethical corporations, ridiculous fees, general evil), here's yet another: Lloyds TSB is assisting in the siege of Gaza. Read about it at Scottish Palestinian Solidarity.

In other news, Ali Smith's new collection The First Person and Other Stories is divine. Naturally.

Thinking of peace. Hoping against all hope for some there, and here.

xox

SA


 

 

 
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