Thursday, June 12th, 2008 • No Comments on Vicarious Glee and Lustful Nostalgia
Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve followed Showtime’s The L-Word since it’s first season (and have crushed on Shane, Alice and a couple of the other girls along the way). Alice’s “Our Chart” became a major plot point for the series and Showtime shrewdly realized the potential there and created a real Our Chart.
As a fan and a writer, I was delighted to read Julia Watson’s book review of Lipstick on Her Collar, the lesbian anthology that includes my story, “Women’s Studies.” I love it when popular culture and reality intersect in a project like Our Chart and to see a book I was a part of mentioned on a site that is connected with one of my favorite shows was very cool, indeed. Then I got to the part where the reviewer mentions my story specifically and I grinned like a fool:
Domination and submission is a theme that is played with throughout the anthology, whether the game is well-known to the participants and outfitted with the latest in accoutrements, or whether it’s a simple matter of politics and power between student and teacher, as in “Women’s Studies” by Kristina Wright. Honestly, who among us hasn’t spent many a fond, if distracted, afternoon in class lusting after the professor? This story is vicarious glee and lustful nostalgia at its best.
Vicarious glee and lustful nostalgia. I like the sound of that. As for the story… maybe it was based on a real person, maybe it wasn’t. I’ll never tell.