Allucquére Rosanne Stone

  • Reading 9-11-01

    IN THE DAYS immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11, titles that promised answers in the face of the disaster threatened to keep retired General Electric CEO Jack Welch's straight-talking memoir out of the top slot on best-seller lists. Studies of the Taliban movement, Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, and the ill-fated twin towers themselves predictably climbed the charts, but according to the New York Times, king of the hill was Nostradamus: At the online bookshop, three editions of the prophesies of the sixteenth-century mystic, into whose

  • Kate Bornstein's Gender Outlaw

    WHEN ROUTLEDGE ASKED me to provide a comment for the back cover of Gender Outlaw they neglected to tell me who the other commentators were. I stupidly assumed that they saw the book as cultural theory and so provided them with a happy but suitably high-theoretical quote. What did I know? My quote, in all its academic stuffiness, would have looked weird indeed next to Annie Sprinkle’s, which they did use and which, thank Ghu, used “orgasm” twice in the same paragraph.

    Why was I so happy? Merely because we are privileged to witness a rare watershed, the first mainstream book by a transgendered