Jill Johnston obit
Posted 23 September 2010 - 10:37 PM
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Posted 25 September 2010 - 12:56 PM
Johnston was an omnipresence in the Village (what was then the"downtown Manhattan art scene") when I moved there in the 60s. I shared her enthusiasms only occasionally, but I learned from them -- as indeed from so much in the old Village Voice -- and was very glad she had them.
The Far Right here in the U.S. is STILL having apoplexy about positions (cultural and political) like those professed by Johnston 4 decades ago.
Dirac, thanks for those links. Does anyone have an idea of what
Posted 25 September 2010 - 03:06 PM
Posted 25 September 2010 - 03:33 PM
Makes me wonder if she invented the term for 'Lithuanian' for Lesbian. I don't think so, though, because around 2004 I read this book 'Cherry Grove', which was a history (well, I know that's pretty arcane, but it was interesting), and they were talking about this usage. I don't think I recall Johnston's name ever coming up, although I imagine it should have (maybe did, I just can't remember).
I think it was after that that I read Susan Sontag's interview with Baryshnikov about his new arts center, and she brought up something about a hypothetical 'Lithuanian play'. I thought later she and he might have been in on using it for 'Lesbian', although I shouldn't imagine that there aren't Lithuanian literatures, just because I know nothing of it.
Johnston did lots of inventive word things, and it's something I see some people doing right now--usually pretty smart ones have these inventions.
Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:19 PM
THe genius Karamazov sister Sarah Felder of SanFrancisco has a HILARIOUS juggling routine in which she tosses things in various orbits while telling a story about how she discovered she was a ...juggler. Ok, hte piece is called Lipstick Lesbian, and she spent the first 90 seconds painting her lips bright red with a very gooey lipstick while explaining how "Lipstick Lesbian" refers to a kind of dyke who does NOT exchew the feminine mystique and only then starteds tossing her balls, there's NO misunderstanding that juggler stands in for Lesbian as she worries about how she'll tell her parents, etc.
But I've never run into '0Lithuanian.'
There's a rich set of simple substitutions for "gay man' that have been and maybe still are in use among gay men -- starting with Urnian, or Uranian, or Bunburyist, from the Oscar Wilde era, through "friend of Dorothy" and "[he's] family" -- and of course, "poet" goes a long way back... But I haven't run into many such for Lesbians.
Johnston was clearly a genius. Last time I tried to buy "Marmalade me Now," it was out of print and Amazon had used copies stating at 125 dollars......
Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:13 AM
Oh dear, really? I'll be nicer to my copy...
Posted 28 September 2010 - 09:16 AM
maddening not be able to dip into Johnston's writings for specific subjects.
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