You’re likely familiar with the work of R. Crumb and Roz Chast (what’s with great comics artists and monosyllables?) but how about Vanessa Davis?
March 6th marks the publication day of Martin Duberman’s extraordinary Novel/History Jews Queers Germans.
Here is a breathtaking historical novel that recreates the intimate milieu around Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm from 1907 through the 1930s, a period of great human suffering and destruction and also of enormous freedom and creativity, a time when the remnants and artifices of the old world still mattered, while art and the social sciences were pirouetting with successive revolutions in thought and style.
Set in a time when many men in the upper classes in Europe were gay but could not be so publicly, Jews Queers Germans revolves around three men: Prince Philipp von Eulenburg, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s closest friend, who becomes the subject of a notorious 1907 trial for homosexuality; Magnus Hirschfeld, a famed, Jewish sexologist who gives testimony at the trial; and Count Harry Kessler, a leading proponent of modernism and the keeper of a famous set of diaries which lay out in intimate detail the major social, artistic and political events of the day and allude as well to his own homosexuality. The central theme here is the gay life of a very upper-crust intellectual milieu that had a real impact on the major political upheavals that would shape the modern world forever after.
It's come to our attention that Arkansas State Representative Kim Hendren has recently proposed a bill to ban all books by or about Howard Zinn from use in public schools and open-enrollment charter schools throughout the state.
Everyone’s got a different way of coping with the Trump presidency. Some resist, some make fun on the internets, some prefer to hide under the nearest rock. Retired physician Nora Morgenstern has taken a different approach. Jarred by an act of hate speech that occurred soon after the election, Morgenstern resolved to write an open letter to the President. And then another. And another. And another . . . .
After participation in the Women’s March, Morgenstern decided she’d keep going through the first 100 days of the Presidency—to create both a historical record and a personal journal. Here’s one entry from the 25th, on fascism, CPAC, and geese. Check back at Morgenstern’s HuffPo index page to find more daily letters!
We mourn the passing of Dore Ashton, dear friend and Seven Stories Advisory Board member from the very beginning. Dore never lost her passion for the new, the political, the just, the defiant, and will always continue to teach us the way forward.
See the New York Times
and a lovely remembrance from Hyperallergic here