Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (July 18, 2008)

 
 

ALL THE GOOD NEWS — AND POETRY — THAT’S FIT TO PRINT
Something’s in the water at the New York Times. Something gay.

Last week, they quoted one of our blog posts.

Yesterday, they published an article entitled "Now in Living Rooms, the Host Apparent" about radio and TV personality Rachel Maddow, speculating that she may soon be tapped to headline her own political show.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin told the Times: “At some point, I don’t know when, she should have a show. She’s on the short list. It’s a very short list. She’s at the top.”

Entertained by a lesbian during the day and informed by one at night — are Americans ready for that much lesbian sugar in their bowl?

Maddow doesn’t think it’s a problem. "I think Ellen DeGeneres has shown people are ready for her,” Maddow told the Times, adding, “But I will not dance the way Ellen does.”

Then in their Books section the same day, the Times published a profile of openly gay poet Kay Ryan, who was just named America’s poet laureate this week.

Here’s an excerpt from Ryan’s poem "Shark’s Teeth":

Everything contains
some silence
an hour
of city
holds maybe
a minute of these
remnants of a time
when silence reigned,
compact and dangerous
as a shark.

I think I just found another favorite poet.

As you might remember from BLWE last month, openly gay poet Carol Ann Duffy is one of the top two candidates for the U.K.’s next poet laureate, who will be chosen next year. This makes me wonder: Do queer women make better poets?

Minnie Bruce Pratt, May Sarton, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Staceyann Chin, Jeanette Winterson — the list of renowned female poets who happen to be gay (or bi) is lengthy and impressive. Oranges really aren’t the only fruit! (Oh wait, that’s a novel, not poetry. OK, but if Written on the Body isn’t poetry, I don’t know what is!)

My favorite queer poet? Edna St. Vincent Millay, the patron saint of workaholics. I burn my computer monitor at both ends, it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends, it gives a lovely light!

VIRTUAL PROCESSING
We’ve launched two new 3-D chat rooms — a virtual AfterEllen.com, if you will — at afterellen.com/chat.

Besides other AfterEllen.com members to talk to, there are swimming pools and movie stars … OK, no movie stars. But Bridget McManus, Karman Kregloe, Lori and I are all going to log in at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET tonight (Friday) to chat with readers for a half hour or so, and laugh at Lori floating around as a bear in a space suit. Join us if you can! (There is a limit to the number of people who can be in the room at any one time, so if you can’t get into one, try the other, and the four of us will go back and forth between rooms if possible.)

by Sarah Warn

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
GLAAD has released its second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index, a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television. ABC ranked the highest, while NBC and Fox ranked lowest. In terms of lesbian representation, though, AfterEllen.com reports that all networks except Showtime get failing grades.

Out costume designer Patricia Field, who did the wardrobe for Sex and the City, will be doing wardrobe on the upcoming season of Ugly Betty (she also worked on the show’s pilot).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Showtime is creating a web-based "virtual world" for The L Word.

The lesbian couple who competed on The Amazing Race got married last week in California. Congratulations!

Check out this new French lesbian blog.

Look for more scoop from us on Grey’s Anatomy‘s lesbian story line on Monday!

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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