Taking Turns: Stories From HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371

Taking turns, AIDS HIV epidemic nurse nursing doctor patient gay Ronald Reagan 1980s 1990s disease hospital ward unit care death dying medicine graphc novel review books book blogs blogger

The first cases of AIDS began appearing in 1981. The disease, which at the beginning seemed to infect only gay men, was met with stony silence and active derision by our lords and overseers. Then-president Ronald Reagan refused to acknowledge the outbreak, though his staff and supporters spoke loud and clear.  Pat Buchanan, his communications … Read more

My Hands Are Up, Don’t Shoot

“The long memory is the most radical idea in this country. It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of that connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we’re going, but where we want to go.” – Bruce “Utah” Phillips, 1935 – 2008   It’s … Read more

Bleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend

I was so happy that one of my favorite flowers, the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), made it through the winter. I’m always fascinated with myth and legend, folklore and fairytales. I love tracing the paths these tales take, the ways in which they transform and mutate with time and distance, the ways they’re still evolving … Read more

Girls As Prey.

The death of my puppy at the beginning of this week really tore my heart out. I’ve been avoiding watching the news because I can’t handle the Willy-Wonka-ized political landscape or the sadly mundane horror stories of the tragedies humans inflict on each other. I can’t stand the way those stories are doled out in … Read more

Put Your Ray Gun To My Head

There is a whole cast of strange recurring characters in my dreams. Ice T. Courtney Love. Poseidon. William S. Burroughs. A large group of heavily tattooed yakuza who only speak Japanese (which even in my dreams I do not understand).   Anyway. David Bowie is one of them. The dream characters, not the yakuza.   … Read more