Notes from Los Angeles, Day 3
Among other things, my quote of the day is: "If you don't write everyday, God kills a panda."
Which I think is true. Look at the number of pandas in the wild and tell me it ain't true. It was a response to Carla Trujillo's lecture last night about not writing everday. She said she wrote only during the weekends, and around the room you could hear sighs of relief. I surely don't write everyday, but this retreat is helping. I am working on many things and the room mate ask: you're not working on your stories are you? No, of course not; I'm working on this blog post...
Felice Picano lectured today. I looked forward to it because--really, who wouldn't? Picano is a giant in the world queer lit, and while I felt the lecture focus a lot on his own work (and ignores my personal belief that all history and nonfiction is at the end of the day fiction [because memory is always flawed no matter how good you say it is]), the talk was informative and inspiring. He ended telling us that our histories are being erased and we must do everything as writers to perserve it, that is: make sure it is heard. He says, "Rethink the coming out story and dive into our queer past--make that [the past] art.
But I'm always one to play devil's advocate. For example: does queerness enough to define a community? is queerness making us drift apart more as we define ourselves more as individuals and less as a community? While we can tell our history, we must remember that history is in itself intrepretations: Picano said history is not always written by those who win, but by those who last longer: what does it matter if we can say something, but when we are gone, it can be nulled and void?
I didn't ask any questions but I thought the questions were dumb, and you don't act dumb in front of Felice Picano. He'll write about you...
50 Shades of Grey Activism Alice Walker Amazon Anne Rice Art Action Fund Arts Awards Barack Obama Bear Bones Books Bookselling Bookstores Britney Spears Call For Submissions Christine Ha Christopher Rice Claire Siemaszkiewicz Clandestine Classics Commentary Community Cover Art Dalkey Archive Press Election 2012 Eric Nguyen Erotica Events Gay Hieu Minh Nguyen Interview Israel It Books Jacqueline Susann John O'Brien Lambda Literary Lammys Lethe Press Loosely Literary Songs Louisiana Marina and the Diamonds MasterChef McNeese State University Merle Miller MFA Mitt Romney Nancy Pearl National Endowment for the Arts New Book Alert News Obsessions Ocean Vuong Other People's Articles Paul Legault Penguin Classics Poetry Politics Projects Publishing Queer Race Reading Reviews Saeed Jones Sibling Rivalry Press SSM2011 Steve Berman Sunday Poetry Total-E-Bound Travelogue Twilight Videos WILFs Word Up Books World News Writing