Sunday, 27 April 2008

Help me! I will acknowledge you in a footnote!

The paper-machine drives ever onwards... I'm giving a paper to the Leeds branch of the Classical Association in a couple of weeks on 'The Romans and Science Fiction', and I need anecdotes and exciting examples and trivia and stuff. Please to provide:

* Science fiction with Romans in (either literally eg 'The Last Days of Pompeii' or allegorically eg the Romulans in Star Trek?)

* Science fiction about getting information from dead people - I think there was an episode of Torchwood with this theme? Which one was it, and Is there anything else?

* Science fiction about stones speaking or otherwise transmitting information (is there like a humming stone in Dune? What's going on there?) I'm finally going to watch The Stone Tape this week and am very excited about that.

Sources that come with snazzy visuals are particularly appreciated.


The queer erotic literature event is now to be called, rather less syllabically, Dirty Books. It'll be in the evening (exact time TBC) of Saturday 5 July, in the St Paul's Pavilion in the South Bank Centre. It's being organized by this profoundly awesome dude, Rupert Smith aka James Lear.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

world tour, media whore, pleased the press in belgium

Just been booked to speak about slash at an event about queer erotic literature at the London Literature Festival this summer, probably between 5-10 July. Very excited. More news as it breaks. Keep fingers crossed that this will not clash with the Magnetic Fields concert on the 10th for which we have tickets.

Friday, 4 April 2008


Just finished the Derrida essay and emailed it to the editor. Going away for a week to see my family now.

As a preview of the essay, here's the bibliography, which fills me with glee:

Beattie, Thomas (2008), The Advocate, ‘Labor of Love’, April 2008. Accessed online at (, accessed 5 April 2008).

Bloom, Harold (1973), The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Califia, Pat (1995a), ‘Introduction’, in Califia, ed, Doing it for Daddy: Short and Sexy Fiction about a Very Forbidden Fantasy (Boston: Alyson Publications), pp.9-16.

Califia, Pat (1995b), ‘It Takes A Good Boy To Make A Good Daddy’, in Doing it for Daddy, pp.215-37.

Deleuze, Gilles (1995), Negotiations (New York: Columbia University Press)

Derrida, Jacques (1976), Of Grammatology, trans. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press)

Derrida, Jacques (1987), ‘Envois’, in The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond, trans. Alan Bass (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press), pp.3-256.

Derrida, Jacques (2004), ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’, in Dissemination, trans. Barbara Johnson (London: Continuum), pp. 67-186.

Edelman, Lee (2004), No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Durham and London: Duke University Press)

Fritscher, Jack (2000), ‘I am Curious (Leather): Leather Dolce Vita, Pop Culture and the Prime of Mr Larry Townsend’, in Larry Townsend, The Leatherman’s Handbook 25th Anniversary Edition (Beverley Hills: L. T. Publications)

Golding, Sue (johnny de philo) and Zylinska, Joanna (1999), ‘There is Always One More Technology of Otherness’, Culture Machine 1 (1999), section headed ‘sex’, Accessed on 4 April 2008.

Hale, C. Jacob (1997), ‘Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies: How to Have Sex Without Women Or Men’, Social Text 52/53, pp.223-236.

Hellekson, Karen, and Busse, Kristina (2006), Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays (Jefferson: Macfarland Press)

Salusinszky, Imre (1987), ‘Harold Bloom’, in Criticism in Society: Interviews with Jacques Derrida, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Frank Kermode, Edward Said, Barbara Johnson, Frank Lentricchia and J. Hillis Miller (New York and London: Methuen), pp. 45-73.

Veyne, Paul (1985), ‘Homosexuality in Ancient Rome’, in Philippe Ari├Ęs and Andr Bjin (eds), Western Sexuality: Practice and Precept in Past and Present Times (Oxford: Blackwell), pp.26-35.

Wills, David (2008), Dorsality: Thinking Back through Technology and Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press)

(... and, I've already spotted two typos....)

Tuesday, 1 April 2008


'If I aim at six thousand, I should come in at eight', I've been saying to myself all through this paper.

Currently at 8,100 and still with the conclusion to write and a bunch of footnotes to do.