Duly Noted #5: Queer Lady Longevity

Romaine Brooks (February 2, 1972 – December 7, 1970) – 96
Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972) – 95
Jeanne Galzy (September 30 1883 – May 7, 1977) – 93
Rachilde [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery] (February 11, 1860 – April 4, 1953) – 93
Gisèle Freund (November 19, 1908 – March 31, 2000) – 92
Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) – 90
Alice B. Toklas (April 30, 1877 – March 7, 1967) – 89
Bryher [Annie Winifred Ellerman] (September 2, 1894 – January 28, 1983) – 88
Solita Solano
 (1888 – November 22, 1975) – 86/87
Janet Flanner (March 13, 1892 – November 7, 1978) – 86
Mina Loy (27 December 1882 – 25 September 1966) – 83
Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) – 81

Queer modernist ladies tended to live loooooong lives. Was it the French air? Or something in the tea served at The Temple of Friendship??

 

Duly Noted #4

“What we must work on, it seems to me, is not so much to liberate our desires but to make ourselves infinitely more susceptible to pleasure…” 

-Michel Foucault, “Friendship as a Way of Life”

[Note on a note: the version of the text I read indicates that “pleasure” was translated from the plural “plaisirs,” and I wish the English translation would have followed suit in retaining that emphasis on pleasurable multiplicity.]

Duly Noted #3

overlooked underrated writers

While searching for something else entirely different, this morning stumbled across the Little Caesar Magazine website on Dennis Cooper’s Archives. I’ll be spending much more time exploring this (alas, limited) resource, but this caught my eye and thought I’d include it here for future reference. Can’t say that I recognize more than about a dozen of these names offhand, so more research is in order. Advocacy or any specific recommendations would be greatly appreciated!