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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Michelle Tea Hosts the (Completely Awesome) Radar Reading Series

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Anna Martine Whitehead
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The Radar Reading Series wants to give you a cookie and strain your brain. Organizer (and occasional contributor to the Exhibitionist) Michelle Tea is an underground queer literary icon, as uncompromising in her support of independent artists as she is prolific and hardworking. Her novel Valencia became a defining narrative for young, punk-influenced queer women, and made the Mission District famous as a mecca for lesbians, transgender people, and the poor-yet-clothing-obsessed; it's soon to become a multidirector film project. So when she bakes cookies, with her own hands, in her own oven, brings them to the library, and offers them to people who ask questions of the readers who've just performed, it's fucking special and magical.

The range of queer and queer-friendly readers, artists, filmmakers, and more that Tea curates (That's Dorothy Allison in the video) would be amazing even if it hadn't been taking place since 2003, but as it is the series can be described only as a pegacorn -- we can hardly believe it exists, but we know in our hearts it does, and anyone can depend on it for inspiration. This week, the readers are Adam Boehmer, Tom Comitta, Dodie Bellamy, and Anna Martine Whitehead.

The Radar Reading Series starts at 6 p.m. (various Wednesdays) at the Main Library, admission is free.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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