Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Portland Red Guide gets noticed

An Equi sighting, in Sunday's Oregonian. This is from an article by John Terry about Michael Munk's new book, The Portland Red Guide, Sites and Stories of our Radical Past:
Here is where radical writer John Reed grew up unfettered by Portland's upper-upper crust. There is where the Marine Workers Industrial Union headquartered during the 1934 Maritime Strike. Here is where Dr. Marie Equi in 1918 railed against war and was rewarded with three years in San Quentin.
We purchased a copy of the book a few weeks ago, and it's a great read whether you live in Portland and can visit the sites or not.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bohemian Los Angeles: reading at Harvey Milk Library

News from SFPL:
The GLBT Historical Society and The Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library present Professor Daniel Hurewitz, Historian
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 7:00pm
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library
1 Jose Sarria Court (formerly 16th Street at Pond), San Francisco, California

Professor Daniel Hurewitz will speak and read from his book Bohemian Los Angeles and the Making of Modern Politics.

Bohemian Los Angeles brings to life a vibrant and all-but forgotten milieu of artists, leftists, and gay men and women whose story played out over the first half of the twentieth century and continues to shape the entire American landscape. It is the story of a hidden corner of Los Angeles, where the personal first became the political, where the nation’s first enduring gay rights movement emerged, and where the broad spectrum of what we now think of as identity politics was born. Portraying life over a period of more than forty years in the hilly enclave of Edendale, near downtown Los Angeles, Daniel Hurewitz considers the work of painters and printmakers, looks inside the communist Party’s intimate cultural scene, and examines the social world of gay men. In this vividly written narrative, he discovers why and how these communities, inspiring both one another and the city as a whole, transformed American notions of political identity with their ideas about self-expression, political engagement, and race relations.