It has been a long while since I’ve updated QUE! I’m happy to do so to announce the publication of Spaces of Spirituality, edited by Nadia Bartolini, Sara MacKian, and Steve Pile. Though I’m still waiting for my physical copy of the book, I am delighted to tell you that prof. dusky purples has drafted the concluding chapter, “Reading Three Ways: Ask Me How!” In the chapter, the elusive professor offers her experimental take on reading using tarot and astrology. Naturally, the hardcover is quite expensive, so do encourage your university library to purchase it, if you can. Otherwise, I’m happy to share my contribution with you. Just drop me a line in the comments.
In the mean time, I’ve updated my “Moving, Doing, Talking” page to reflect some upcoming conference activity as part of a very exciting collaborative projected on feminist urban theory which I am co-organizing with many of the same folks who were involved in the SSHRC Critical Engagements with Planetary Urbanization project that I co-organized back in 2016. Stay tuned!
This year, RuPaul and Michelle Visage launched their podcast, “What’s the Tee?” It’s amazing. I cannot get enough of it. I just listened to Episode 19, the year end round-up and it reminded me how Ru and Michelle – along with amazing guests such as Latrice Royale, TS Madison, and Alaska (among many others!) – have gotten me through a very tough and transformative year. Makeup tips, meditation advice, breakup talk, queer and trans* politics, activism, & everyday life, and, of course, Drag Race behind the scenes chat. ALL DAY. Ru’s wisdom and deep truth-telling capacity paired with Michelle’s irreverent, industry-smart Jersey style is always guffaw inducing, even if there are moments that make you go “Hmmm…” That’s also what I love about the show: It trusts itself enough to name taboos, to engage controversially, and to position itself effortlessly and with total grace. And always laughing. Ru and Michelle both have incredible laughs. It’s like the best eavesdropping lunch you have twice a month. All this brilliance has made a loyal, never-miss-an-episode listener out of me. The show has softened my ear to Michelle and elevated RuPaul into one of my spiritual touchstones. A life guide! “What’s the Tee” offers so much, if you’re not sure where to start, why not with the end? Find Episode 19 here.