For every exhibition we get our lovely Bookshop to send us an accompanying reading list. So if you're coming to see Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper), make sure to check out these titles, all available online or in our Bookshop on the Mall.
Fortunes of Feminism
Does feminism need to be revitalised? How on earth can radical feminism address the global economic crisis? Nancy Fraser says 'yes' to the first question, and to the second question, well, you’ll need to read the book (it’s more than a one-worder). This major new book is set to become a landmark of feminist thought from one of the most creative social philosophers and critical theorists working today. 'Analyzing an imaginary aimed at eradicating exploitation as well as subjugation, she offers a rousing conclusion as to how we might mobilize feminism’s best energies against the perils of the neoliberal present' - Lynne Segal.
The Martin Duberman Reader
You are a prize-winning historian, a playwright, a preeminent public intellectual and the founder of the first graduate program in LGBT studies in the country. Your works have been hailed as 'magnificent' (USA Today), 'enthralling' (The Washington Post), and 'refreshing and inspiring' (The New York Times). Who are you? You are Martin Duberman, and as such, you really ought to be familiar with the brilliance of your own writing which promotes social change, the rights of gays, and the death of Ronald Reagan (inhumane lack of AIDS funding). An intellectual feast. Promiscuities Naomi Wolf £9.99 By following a group of four contemporary girls (including her younger self) as they come of age, Wolf shows how our culture tries to shape and confine women's desire. Drawing on scholarly texts, secret diaries, real life and fantasy, she illustrates how flawed and prescribed are the notions of what women want, and how these change through the ages - from Taoist techniques for giving women pleasure, to Victorian repression, and the so-called liberated nineties.
The Feminist Porn Book
Tristan Taormino et al.
The Feminist Porn Book brings together writings by feminists working in the adult industry alongside research by feminist porn academics. This book investigates not only how feminists understand pornography, but also how they direct, act in, produce, and consume one of the world's most lucrative industries. It discusses race, class, gender and the impact of capitalism in a highly entertaining, sometimes confessional, sometimes shocking way. With original contributions by Susie Bright, Candida Royalle and more. 'Porn isn’t what you think it is, whatever you think it is' - Constance Penley.
Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero
F. Valentine Hooven III
In this hardback, heady book, Tom of Finland circumcises Michelangelo’s David, has trapeze artists swinging from suckled boners, and squirts around a bit of light hearted fisting. Approval by the Vatican is still pending. Best read in ass-less chaps. As the man himself said: 'If I’ve not got an erection while I’m drawing, I know it’s no good.'
Margaret Harrison, Works and Texts 1969 – 2010
This book opens with a press cutting about Harrison’s 'anti-pornographic' show in support of Women’s Liberation being closed by police for being pornographic. Good work boys. You’ll find a Hugh Hefner skin rug, Michelle Obama in Manet’s Olympia pose, three essays, an interview and various other powerful images the police did not want you to see in 1971. It also mentions a very poorly attended ICA talk (the audience comprised of Yoko Ono, Gustave Metzger, John Hegley and Man Ray.)
Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex & Disco
Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha
If Andy Warhol had a twin brother who was somehow born 1753 miles away from Pittsburgh then it would surely be Antonio. The vibrant glitterballing fashion illustrator of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s gets downright fabulous in this complete monograph. Instamatic photos and Polaroids drip with a lavish beauty and understanding of colour.
Art and Queer Culture
Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (eds.)
'There has never been, until now, a substantive survey of queer culture. Art and Queer Culture attempts to fill an enormous gap and does so extremely well. . . [it] not only gives us chronology but context. The gay and lesbian creativity that meant so much to us in the dark days of a quarter century ago and before sprang from somewhere - Art and Queer Culture helps us understand where and why.' - North Adams.
Our Bodies, Whose Property?
Do you own your body? Should you be allowed to do anything you want with it? Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, Our Bodies, Whose Property? challenges notions of freedom based on ownership of our bodies and argues against the normalisation of markets in bodily services and parts.
On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual
Described as 'the most widely read and discussed essay of the decade', On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual was initially a response to the moronic homophobic article by Joseph Epstein published in Harper’s Magazine. This book also contains Miller’s afterword written four months after, a letter from Miller to his former wife (written a few weeks before the essay was published), and Miller’s deeply touching obituary.
Sex Press: The Sexual Revolution in the Underground Press, 1963-1979
Vincent Berniere and Mariel Primois
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous extreme levels of rampaging superior gorgeosity are in full force in this large scale book of underground press images. You may well catch yourself wondering 'why is design so bad now?' as you canoe through a sea of page flipping drool. Sexual revolution seems to have coincided with a golden age for fonts, design, sumptuous colours and layout swoon. Featuring over 160 pages from Screw, Oz, the East Village Other and more.
Violence! Terror! Marriage! These are covered by everyone’s favourite perverted intellectual Catholic in this vibrating candlelit sludge through the secret throbbing grottos of eroticism. Every box on your checklist is ticked: orgies, human sacrifice, prostitution, death, cruelty, magic, disembowelled Bison facing bird-headed man, stinking putrefaction, yawning and incest. And that’s just the preface. Requires a human sacrifice of just £10.99.
The cult of mutual orgasms, knuckle biting, the face’s blissful contortion, an X-ray of the pelvis of a woman at orgasm, I’ll have what she’s having, Bill Clinton, the world-weary trivialisation of fisting, the soundtrack of vomiting, heavy petting and a clarinet player holding an orgasmatron in the year 2173 are all covered in this ecstatic scholarly study of the orgasm.
Judith Butler put it this way: 'This brilliant collection is a gift for anyone who wants to follow the formidable trajectory of the most exacting and influential intellectual of sexuality studies'. Deviations is the definitive collection of writing by Gayle S. Rubin, a pioneering theorist and activist in feminist, lesbian and gay, queer, and sexuality studies since the 1970s. These landmark essays span four decades of lucid, original thought. Includes an analysis of antipornography politics and the politics of sadomasochism.
Shannon, Daring, Rogue (eds.)
Queering Anarchism brings together a diverse set of writings that explore the fruitful connections between anarchist and queer politics. Covering a wide variety of topics including polyamory, sex work, class struggle, transfeminism, anarcha-feminism, harm reduction, prison abolition, ableism, queering heterosexuality and a great deal more. Queering Anarchism includes a comic on the diversity of sex tactics and thoughts on anti-pleasure ideology.