Laurie Weeks

14 Jul

Laurie Weeks conducted the Index Magazine interview of Kathleen Hanna quoted in my first post, and so I decided to investigate her as my first subject. She is a New York writer and performance artist who is said to have collaborated on the screenplay for Boys Don’t Cry, although she’s not credited for it on IMDB. (Nor, presumably, in the movie. Seems as if there’s a story behind that, but I don’t know what it is.)

Weeks’ novel Zipper Mouth will be published by Alyson Books on August 1, and her writing has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 and The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading. According to various online bios, Weeks has toured with Sister Spit, taught poetry at The New School, and presented at conferences “on marginalized writing and girl bodies” at various universities across the U.S. She has also worked with fellow “Hot Topic” subject Cecilia Dougherty, appearing in Dougherty’s “experimental documentary” Gone.

In researching Laurie Weeks, I found that one of the most immediately accessible bits of her work was the piece “My Massive Feelings,” which originally appeared in Vice and is archived on their website. Some of the comments below the story (consisting of a series of letters to Sylvia Plath) label it “hysterical” and “hilarious.” And it is amusing. But I tend to agree more with an anonymous poster who wrote, “This is my life and it is fucking scary to see my life on paper.” Not that the piece is actually MY life, but I think it really gets to the meat and bones of the teenage girl’s psyche, daddy issues, Beth March obsession, and all.

Has Laurie Weeks been an inspiration to you? Know more about her and care to share? Tell me about it.

LINKS

My Massive Feelings (Fragments from the Diary of a Young Girl)
http://www.viceland.com/int/v14n12/htdocs/massive_feelings.php

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Eggers, Dave (ed). The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Myles, Eileen and Kotz, Liz (eds). The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading. New York: Semiotext(E), 1995.

Weeks, Laurie. Zipper Mouth. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2010.

SOURCES

Alyson Books – Zipper Mouth: A Novel
http://www.alyson.com/9781593501549.html

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown – Winter 2000-2001 Fellows
http://www.fawc.org/news/news_02i2.php

Internet Movie Database – Boys Don’t Cry
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0171804/

QT: Queer Readings at Dixon Place – Robert Gluck + Laurie Weeks: Tuesday, July 17
http://qtreadings.blogspot.com/2007/07/robert-gluck-laurie-weeks-tuesday-july.html

San Francisco Bay Guardian – Film Listings
http://www.sfbg.com/36/23/x_list_film.html

Wikipedia – Laurie Weeks
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Weeks

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