You know, the one with an essay by — oh —ME in it?
[Pause here for silent gleeful scream into my elbow.]
Yep, that’s me, in Ms. Right there.
(Just so we’re clear, that’s not me on the cover, in case you’re curious . That’s Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.)
My contribution to Ms. is, while slightly less awe-inspiring than Aung San Suu Kyia’s, still very happy-making to me: it’s a new version of an essay that made a not-insignificant number of you cry a while back: about planning (and planning again, and again, and still again) my wedding in the face of my mother’s final battle with breast cancer. “Four (Same-Sex) Weddings & a Funeral” is being published in Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort’s soon-to-be released anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love & Marriage (put out by the very fantastic Seal Press) and I am thrilled (in case you couldn’t tell) that my contribution to the book was chosen to be excerpted in Ms.
Ms.! As in, maybe Gloria Steinem has read my writing now.
So all of you doing that combo English/Women’s Studies degree and wondering — or fending off questions about — what exactly you’ll do with this particular degree: here’s one option. I am about to clear out the Northern Woman’s Bookstore of all the available copies, so if you live in Thunder Bay, let me know if you want me to leave a couple on the shelves. A certain large chain, apparently, does not carry this particular magazine. If you can imagine that.
(This one’s for you, Ruthi! Well, they all are.)