24 July 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Reading List: “I am A Terrorist”

I often have allies and well-intentioned people asking me what they should be reading and watching and while I am not interested in serving as a “portal” for anyone, I don’t think it hurts to list some of the things that catch my attention during a week. You are always free to send me your recommendations as well.

I am A Terrorist” has to be the most powerful piece of writing I have read this year.

Books: Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage and The Revolution Starts At Home. You won’t find them on the New York Bestsellers lists but you should be reading these books.

Equality and the Limits of LGBT Politics by Urvashi Vaid is a critique of the word “equality” in the context of LGBT politics. I find it fascinating that from Jasbir Puar to Manish Vaidya to Yasmin Nair, queer South Asians seem to make some of the best critiques of the mainstream LGBT movement in the United States.

On a related note, Ifti Nasim, a pioneer gay Pakistani-American poet and activist just passed away at the young age of 64. Pick up a copy of Myrmecophile: Selected Poems, 1980-2000.

If you are interested in the politics of imperialism, check out Fuel on the Fire – Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq, which is the first book to answer one of the largest unanswered questions of the U.S.-Iraq war: what happened to the oil?

Kemi Bello’s new poem, Battling Silence. It lays out her thoughts about the evolution of a  movement.

My friend Taz is visually curating political images from the American Desi Diaspora. I learned more browsing through it than I have learned in a class about Asian-Americans.

  • premiumshlock

    Thanks for introducing me to Vaid — that lecture is great and she is indeed a badass. Her book Virtual Equality is next on my list. I’ll also have to check out some of the other activists-critics you mention.

    Have you ever been in touch with Vaid or worked with her?

    • not yet had the opportunity since i was in a completely different academic circle but i hope to soon.

  • premiumshlock

    Thanks for introducing me to Vaid — that lecture is great and she is indeed a badass. Her book Virtual Equality is next on my list. I’ll also have to check out some of the other activists-critics you mention.

    Have you ever been in touch with Vaid or worked with her?

    • not yet had the opportunity since i was in a completely different academic circle but i hope to soon.

  • premiumshlock

    Thanks for introducing me to Vaid — that lecture is great and she is indeed a badass. Her book Virtual Equality is next on my list. I’ll also have to check out some of the other activists-critics you mention.

    Have you ever been in touch with Vaid or worked with her?

    • not yet had the opportunity since i was in a completely different academic circle but i hope to soon.

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