Pingy-Dingy Wednesday — Anne-Christine D’Adesky and SIGNIFIED

Just finished reading her book, The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris, which is a satisfyingly dyke-y and deeply healing companion read to the book we’re talking about tonight in Queer Book Group, David France’s How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS.

Anne-Christine is so smart and caring and understanding of history and intersecting oppressions, and, like me, is constantly struggling with two siren calls: that of art and that of activism. Her wonderful quote about the pull between activism and art, “I’m called to action and distraction,” is one of my new favorite mantras. And I can’t resist another quote: “AIDS has drawn a line in the sand in my life. I find it difficult, in a time of such suffering, watching so many friends die of go blind like Johnny without a cure in sight, to step away from reporting on this disease, or the next protest; to take the time and internal space I really need to develop my creative writing. I feel too pulled. We need to witness and we need to act, says Lévy. I agree. But Sontag’s right, too: art amid atrocity is an act of witness and its own call to action. So I have to find the way to do both.”

Anne-Christine and SIGNIFIED, you get one pingy-dingy! Thank you for the Lesbian Avengers, merci mille fois for loving the Seine, thank you for this beautiful book and pour tout ce que tu fait!

SIGNIFIED: Anne-Christine d’Adesky

I’m a typewriter whompin’, card catalogue lovin’ white girl from back in the day, and I yearn for a time before the covers of trade paperbacks were all squidgy, so you can imagine that I don’t actually understand what a pingback is. I do know that it can in some way be part of spreading the love, and since that’s what I’m all about at The Total Femme… every Wednesday, I pay homage to the laughter and inspiration to be had elsewhere online.