Things to do in Denver when you’re dead

[Airport perch]

I’ve been lucky for so long with airline travel that I’d almost forgotten what a real delay felt like, but here I am, stuck for another three more hours in Denver. I’m surrounded by people muttering to themselves about all the restaurants being closed — thank goodness I have half a heavenly margherita sandwich with prosciutto from Salumi and wifi, otherwise I’d go raving mad.

On the bright side, I used the time to finish up Sputnik Sweetheart, which really grabbed something inside me and took it somewhere. I’m feeling a bit split now, empty, like the characters in the book, and I know that I’ll have to think and re-read and dream before it all sinks in.

Also, I’ve started a story/entry called “Sumire’s Dream” three times now and nothing. Well’s run dry.

I’ve only one other book with me (Kate Bornstein’s Gender Outlaw) — and I was saving that for the plane, so this delay had better not last too long.

I’m so bored! Somebody entertain me!

  • pastilla

    I just googled "margherita sandwich"; had no idea what it was! Yum!

    BTW, thanks for leading me to the Pentax Optio X. I'm in love (even just mentioned it on Zannah's favorite toy list).

  • Delays at the airport are the worst!

  • Alice:

    I'm not sure. I have maybe five different theories of what the ending means, and they all seem very different. You're probably right, I should re-read. I can't help but feel though that overall it's meant to be positive, optimistic. Which surprised me.

    Oh! And two Sputnik Sweetheart music notes:

    I own the Schwarzkopf/Gieseking Mozart collection mentioned in the book. Haven't quite pulled it down from the shelf yet to figure out which one is meant to be "Sumire," but that's my next project once I get back to Seattle.

    Also have Julius Katchen's recording of Brahms' Ballades, and really want to see if they work as writing music for me, as they did for her.


    I got a little over halfway through it last night -- so far, it's been part memoir (and her lives as each gender and now, as neither and both), part advice column, and part ruminations on gender as a social construct and gender theory and how ideas of identity and preference are intertwined. She's pretty entertaining, and throws in lots of color bits from past interviews and other media. I think a good chunk of the second half is going to be her play, Hidden: A Gender, but I haven't quite gotten there yet.

    I would assume that Gender Outlaw covers a lot of the same territory as My Gender Workbook (I haven't read it) but presented autobiographically. Which makes sense.

    More later.

  • Miranda

    P.P.P.S. I meant "neither", not "neuter"! A Freudian slip of the largest order!

  • Miranda

    P.S. By open-minded I mean she introduces concepts of gender like "both" and "neuter" which I had never really thought about. Does Gender Outlaw do the same? I assume so since Bornstein's own gender seems to be something more fluid than male/female.

    P.P.S. Hope you got to Chicago safely! Post lots of photos of meat! love & hugs - M

  • Miranda

    I was surprised to find I really liked Kate Bornstein after I read her book "My Gender Workbook" -- but it was more an exercise in bubbly inclusiveness than a tract filled with useful data -- but it really made a whole queer community come alive in my mind, which is a rare experience. I particularly liked the (censored) cybersex transcripts near the end! I am definitely more open-minded about gender now, and you know me, I'm not really an open-minded kind of girl. Anyway, I agree with Alice - please post a review of Gender Outlaw if you finish it.

  • I used the time to finish up Sputnik Sweetheart, which really grabbed something inside me and took it somewhere.

    Well that's the idea of the book, dear ^_^ Did you understand the ending? If not, then a re-read may be in order because, I think at least, that you won't get everything out of the book until you understand the last paragraph. As for the next Murakami (because you're nooked now, right? ^^) I'm thinking you'd enjoy "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" next, which is a lie because I think you'd really like "Norwegian Wood" but I'd hate to have you read all the really good Murakami books right away and be disappointed by the others.

    Do let me know what you think of Gender Outlaw, I've been contemplating getting my feet wet with Transgender non-fiction but have been hesitant to take the next step.

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