Sick of reading best of lists? So am I. Instead, I’m going to look ahead, to the books I’d like to read in 2013 (and beyond):
1. Eminent Outlaws, the lesbian version. If you haven’t read Christopher Bram’s excellent and marvelously gossipy literary history of the gay (male) writers after WWII who shaped American culture, then I can think of few better ways to spend some cold January afternoons. As Bram rightly points out, we should write our own history. Let’s.
2. Random Family, the homeless gay teen version. Random Family, about growing up in the South Bronx, remains one of my favorite books of all time. I would love to see Rachel Aviv extend her feature on homeless gay teens that appeared recently in the New Yorker into a book. Maybe she already is; here’s hoping.
3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?/Gone Girl, the lesbian version. It doesn’t even need be that dysfunctional but I want a book about lesbian relationships, warts and all, fights and all, wittily and well told—or at least a page-turner.
4. More memoirs like Jennifer Hauseman’s recent Modern Love piece in the New York Times. Basically, more non-celebrity, non-coming out (though I do still love a good coming out story) looks at lesbian lives or interesting lives that happen to be led like lesbians.
And just for the record, my favorites this year:
Nonfiction: Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Fiction: Avery’s The Last Nude
My best book of 2013 overall:
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Now if she would turn to a lesbian figure in history….
But let’s have some fun in the meantime—and support an eminently necessary organization. Join me for what promises to be an awesome evening of elegant dress, mysterious masks, and old fashioned mayhem on Sat, Feb 2 at the Bowery Hotel to support The Center (the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC). Here’s the link to purchase tickets. If you are coming, please list me (Julia Pastore) as a host. Would be fantastic to see you! Well, without your mask….