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>We were queer

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>Carl Van Vechten’s work has been canonized as a record of the Harlem Renaissance and cultural life of the 1930’s and 1940’s, but what I realize is that his work accomplishes quite another, important goal: putting on photograph, as proof, that gay people were here, and have given much to the world, in case anybody would like to forget (here’s looking at you, California):

>A nice day

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>I walked around Clinton Hill and went to Prospect Park and ate at a wonderful vegetarian restaurant off of 4th Avenue. I bought the loveliest edition of Colette’s “Le Kepi” for 25 cents! I can’t find an image of it but its from “Le Livre de Poche” and looks thematically like the cover pictured in this post. The only difference is “Le Kepi” is all grapefruit pink, blue, and tangerine which are some of the three nicest colors together I can imagine. There’s also a great photo of Miss Colette on the back. I also got “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read. I started it and love it and wish I were talented enough to write such a nice account of someone I love. I bought stark white sheets, too, which are a new thing for me as I’ve always preferred a bit of color but white seems appropriate.

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May 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm