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  •  One of my idiosyncracies... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...is that I have struggled to write prose and poetry simultaneously.  And my graphic art seems to coexist with the poetry.  So I've not been doing any of them for quite some time.

    Road Trips is open.
    This comes with a map of the whole story, for anyone interested

    by rserven on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 07:36:57 PM PDT

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    •  multimodal... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...there's all sorts of ways!  My own take -- lit on ambien before going splat, and possessed of a certainty that an honest work deserves a more honest reply than a rec and tip -- is that your great strength is calm consistency, without the Jan Morris blah conventionality.  It's a boundaried intimacy, safe to persist with, like discovering your first geode with a field instructor.   There are a million places now to find "trans normative" and though one more won't hurt, the part that seems exceptional to me is the aspect of witness (which I always find compelling) -- a life described, rather than hammered into a particular shape or set of myths -- and that description leaves room for individual discovery.  That's more universal than trans I think, hammered down to gold in a longer format, it has the potiential to stand as simply great writing in which the trans part is -- not secondary exactly, but certainly not the point, which is more universal and more basic.  Your voice at its best is calm, compelling, profluent.

      I'd also suggest that as editorial reviewers, we all suck -- by this point in the series, we all like you and love you a bit, I think, but that's partly because you've talked to us, listened to us, educated, joked and cajoled.  Maybe there's a way to give a book sections which reflect that intimacy, or maybe it's just not necessary, freed from the length conventions of the online essay, it will develop fine by itself.  Don't know.  But, as expressed by email as well, thank you.  I hate the "brave transie" meme and mercilessly beat it's promulgators with nerf bats...but this was brave, here, in this context.  I did not have the courage.  In fact, in a previous incarnation you've been polite enough not to ever mention, I paniced and ran, rather than exist in this community primiarliy identified as "trans".  So yes, by my criteria, brave.  And I'm personally grateful for the chance to talk about these issues in a broadly democratic/progressive context, to be a bit of the "bad transie" in the comments (to your endless patience).  I learned some things in that arc it will be a while processing.  Anyway, thanks for readin' the ramble.  I hope you move this forward, as it serves you, and thanks again.

      (I seem to recall folks on ambien are not entirely legally responsible.  I am counting on this.)

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        and now you know why I hate sentiment :}

      •  Hi, jessica. (1+ / 0-)
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        There are a million places now to find "trans normative" and though one more won't hurt, the part that seems exceptional to me is the aspect of witness (which I always find compelling)

        Those trans narratives are part of what has been in the way of telling my own story.  While I've found commonality with most that I have read, I've always tried to find the deeper truth...and often have felt like I came up empty.

        I've mentioned before that I have this view of myself as an observer more than a participant, even when I was also one of the characters being observed.  But what good is an observer who doesn't share hir observations?

        Being trans is an artifact of my life, but not its central theme...which would be about being a teacher, I hope, and using the skills I have as a teacher to share what I have learned...about a variety of subjects.

        If all I have done is to convince a few hands full of people that reality might have other levels, levels in which people of difference become valued contributors rather than marginalized victims, then I have accomplished my goal.

        Peace and Love,

        Robyn (curious about the cryptic statement about being my politeness, but too polite to ask :-) )

        Road Trips is open.
        This comes with a map of the whole story, for anyone interested

        by rserven on Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 08:02:45 AM PDT

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        •  well... (1+ / 0-)
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          I think this has accomplished that goal.  Even though dkos diaries are written on water.  I do concur with the other commenters that a larger venue might be a cool thing, with the right prep...

          No biggie.  I've twitched out on my dkos participation repeatedly.  I may again!  You know how it goes, though I think you're (considerably) saner than I...trans comes up for me as a topic with someone in the normal course of things, and the topic is so unusual -- and my politics and history so involved  -- that it becomes the topic, and I end up feeling like either (a) an example or (b) a complete narcissist (which, though self invovled, I'm not).  It's hard to stay online after that -- I so, so, don't want to be "the trannie" -- but I don't want to pretend I'm not, either -- and I drop out for a bit.  One thing I've enjoyed about your series is it's evenhanded, educational tone.  Unflinching, I think is the word I'd want :)

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