Ada Lovelace: “The Enchantress of Numbers”

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Born Ada Gordon on December 10, 1815, Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the "mad, bad and dangerous to know" poet Lord Byron. Her mother, not wanting Ada to inherit her father's "poetic" temperament, immersed her in the study of science, logic and mathematics. In 1833, she was introduced to Charles Babbage, a celebrated and […]

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Queer History

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15. October celebrates queer history. Celebrate both by picking up one of these titles! Award-winning author and self-proclaimed fronterizo (person of the border) Benjamin Alire Sáenz is back with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Aristotle and Dante are both loners with seemingly little in common, yet […]

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Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and the Queer Blues

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"I went out last night with a crowd of my friends, they must have been women cause I don't like no men."—Ma Rainey, Prove It On Me Blues In the recently aired Bessie, the HBO film starring Queen Latifah about the "Queen of the Blues," Bessie Smith, it's apparent from the first scene that Smith's […]

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Alan Turing: An Enigma

With the release of the highly anticipated film The Imitation Game, many will be introduced for the first time to Alan Turing, a man history almost forgot. So who was Alan Turing? If you are now googling his name on your tablet or smartphone, you have him to thank as he was influential in the development of […]

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Stone Butch Blues: The Writings of Leslie Feinberg

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"More exists among human beings than can be answered by the simplistic question I'm hit with every day of my life: 'Are you a man or a woman?'" —Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue In 1993, Leslie Feinberg wrote what is considered to be one of the best books ever written about the complex life of a […]

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The 30 Days of Biking Challenge

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This April marks the fifth year of the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. Pledge to ride every day in the month of April, whether it be down the driveway and back or a full century (100 miles). This is the second year I've pledged and, as anyone living in Chicago knows, the weather in April […]

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25th Anniversary of Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

If you are, as I am, old enough to remember the first round of Lollapalooza's, then you may also remember the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow.  That in turn means you may have read a little book out at the time called Geek Love... and you know it's not star-crossed love story about two employees of […]

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Women Who Solo…Travel.

"On my 10th birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as gifts, and a few days later I decided to cycle to India...However, I was a cunning child so I kept my ambition to myself, thus avoiding the tolerant amusement it would have provoked among my elders." —Dervla Murphy Long before Elizabeth Gilbert ate, prayed […]

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Tales of the City: A Beloved Series Comes to a Close

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"There are biological families, and then there are logical families." —Anna Madrigal I first picked up the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin in the early 1990s and was immediately drawn into the saga of 28 Barbary Lane and its "logical" family headed by pot-smoking and pot-growing landlady Anna Madrigal. I became so enmeshed in […]

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The Steampunk Aesthetic

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A contraptor, a chrononaut and a coggler walk into a steampunk convention... So you've read some of the steampunk classics I mentioned in my last post and are hooked. You want to immerse yourself even more in this fantastical world of gadgets, gizmos and gears. You've decided brass goggles perched upon your aviator hat or […]

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