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A Brief But Inspiring Visit To The Lesbian Herstory Archives
In my quick field trip to NY, I was granted an exciting tour through the Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) in Brooklyn. It started by getting a day pass to the Brooklyn College Library to poke around in their zine collection. They had so many good zines, but as a librarian nerd myself, there was one zine on Black Lesbians in the 70s that just had Xeroxed articles from PRIMARY SOURCES (a nerd’s wet dream). The zine was made in 2010, but I threw reason to the wind, and I e-mailed the creator from the information on the back, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz. She responded so quickly (something I am not so used to in the Bay Area, ha), and we set up a time that I could come visit.
The LHA is this beautiful home stacked with over 11,000 books, filing cabinets galore of periodical and newspaper titles, articles, photographs and special collections. It was in the truest sense of the word, incredible. An extremely cozy home, filled with so much endless history and knowledge. Shawn was a fabulous host and very welcoming, offering me a cup of coffee before we walked through the house visiting the shelves filled with inexhaustible saved materials. It was very overwhelming, and very difficult to keep myself from drooling.
I left knowing a lot more and feeling entirely too inspired. I walked out the door with a couple copies of Black Lesbians In The 70s and Before: An At Home Tour of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. The zine comes with an audio cd of spoken word readings, which is a magnificent reenactment of the event the zine was created for in 2010. AND NOW we have it in our zine collection at CSC. So come in and check it out.
Hopefully I will be able to repay Shawn, or anyone from LHA, the same courtesy whenever they come out to visit San Francisco and hopefully CSC. So as the end of the spoken word CD says, “What’s next? Well, what we like to say at the Lesbian Herstory Archives is that, what’s next is to really come to the Lesbian Herstory Archives and see what else is there.” So get to it! Everyone near Brooklyn or traveling through should go visit LHA and BUY a tote bag with Mabel Hampton on it, so you can look as fashionably conscious as Miss Ian (see photo). Or if you have things to Donate, get in touch with them and find a safe space for your priceless materials. Oh, and if you want to call them, the number is 718-768-DYKE. How cool is that?
Thank you again so much LHA and Shawn for being so hospitable. You are truly legends in my book. Thank you for preserving and sharing all your hard work, and the work of so many great people, with the world.
I just bought my future copy of this amazing project, and you should too. Let me tell you how I already own the first two installments of this epic and mystical love story, and I’ve been dying to see how it ends. Jon Macy is an extraordinary storyteller, and Fearful Hunter is one of the best stories I’ve read in awhile. Also everyone is extremely hott. Also also, I want tattoos all over my body like the tattoos the druid character, Oisin, has…and to have sex with his werewolf boyfriend.
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You have Miss Ian’s word of honor that you won’t regret it.
Scarlot Harlot attends San Francisco’s Take Back the Night (December 1990), a march in remembrance of the fourteen female college students murdered in the previous year’s Montreal Massacre. Clashes and controversy emerge between sex-workers and anti-porn feminists about sex, violence and men- with an emphasis on the perspectives of strippers and sexual rights activists…an excellent feminist discussion piece. In this 4 minute excerpt friends of Scarlot discuss their expectations about the march and feelings about sex work. Features Lily Burana, author of “Strip City.” Screened at W.O.W. Cafe (N.Y., N.Y.) VIDEO WITNESSES FESTIVAL OF NEW JOURNALISM (HALLWALLS, Buffalo, N.Y.), LOS ANGELES LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL (4 minute excerpt from 28 minute video- 1991)
We’re back on the grind for cataloging zines after a wonderful time at LA Art Book Fair, where someone donated a handful of Vaginal Davis zines, which were a perfect delight to read. Speaking of don’t miss LA Zine Fest coming this weekend. I guarantee you there will be some scrumptious queers making delicious art. So don’t be disappointed that you missed it and GO.
So check out our continuous updates @ our Zineography
Love your local sex librarian,
More CSC bangerz! We are not responsible if you hurt yourself dancing too sexy to this tune, but if you have an incredible orgasm, we would like you to cite us as part of the inspiration.
You are the drum in my heart beat
Bass and guitar lead
Stuck on the notes you play
My heart that you play on
Red like a crayon
I can’t walk away
Here’s my book of the day!
Bang It Out; sidewalk smut for lovers, lushes, and other passersby is a phenomenal book of really short erotica written in 8-15 minutes by Cameryn Moore while sitting on the sidewalk in various cities with her typewriter. Some people will write you a poem on the spot for a dollar or loose change, Moore writes you steamy smut for those who were inclined to participate. Her handwritten sign read, “abrupt ertoica, smut while U wait.”
Come by CSC and get your erotica on today! We got some good new books.
And check out Cameryn Moore at
Love, Miss Ian
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