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Saturday, August 27, 2005

More pulp covers

There's an exhibit in San Francisco right now called "Out at the Library: Celebrating the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center." They're showcasing several queer pulp fiction covers, and is giving a preview by showing nine covers and giving commentary. I love pulp covers, and seeing another collection of them just makes me swoon.

The act of taking one of these books off the drugstore rack and paying for it at the counter was a frightening act for many women; during the McCarthy trials of the 1940s and early 1950s hundreds of lives were destroyed by accusations of homosexuality. Guiltily tucked under mattresses, hidden in the back of bookcases or stored deep in closets, these books were cherished and passed from woman to woman in the underground community. They were also burned and thrown out for fear they would be discovered. But they provided for many gay men and lesbians a rare source of affirmation.



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