Five Books I Got Shit For Reading In Public, But I'd Still Recommend:

  1. The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities
    by Dossie Easton & Catherine A. Liszt
    Greenery Press, 1998
    A very Fat Albert-esque "hey, hey, hey!" from a nosey co-worker, followed by a million questions. I don't think I identify as polyamorous any longer, but if you're interested in the lifestyle, this is a great start.

  2. Queers in Space: Claiming the Urban Landscape
    edited by Gordon Brent Ingram & Yolanda Retter
    Bay Press, 1997
    You ever watch The Muppet Show? How about a dorky librarian at the Harold Washington Library branch screaming "Queers-In-Space!" as you're checking out this anthology? It's an interesting collection for anyone interested in public space, gender theory, mapping, geography, or carrying around a big fat book that says "QUEER" on it.

  3. But Is It Art?: The Spirit of Art as Activism
    edited by Nina Felshin
    Bay Press, 1994
    Pretty much what you'd think it's about. The usual suspects are here. Recommended for anyone teaching, especially for cocky grad students. The embarrassing moment? Scenario in #2, except waiting in line to renew my driver's license. "But...IS IT ART?" Groan.

  4. Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media publishing project)
    by Angela Yvonne Davis (yep, that one)
    Seven Stories Press, 2003
    A compelling argument for prison abolition, keeping the increasing privatization of prison systems in mind. But try reading it while you're waiting to be called up for jury duty. Ok, I brought it on purpose. But it made for some good laughs from the sheriff's deputy stationed across from me, albeit at my expense.

  5. Kill Grandma For Me
    by Jim DeFelice
    Kensington Publishing, 2004
    It's a true crime, trashy read about a thirteen-year-old who, ten years ago, took her little sister as a hostage and forced her boyfriend to, yes, kill grandma for her. The back cover promises "The Shocking Tale of a Three Day Orgy of Sex and Junk Food", which just delighted the heck out of me. Anyway, sometimes people on the PACE bus get nervous when it's crowded and you read stuff like this.

 

- Salem Collo-Julin