Artists in the Salon: Queer Carrie, a memoir of loss and the typo crusade
The online magazine Salon caught onto The Queer Carrie Project by a 23-year-old Cambridge artist Elisa Kreisinger, the self-described “pop culture pirate and Fair Use(r).” But that’s just the start of a sudden burst of attention to creative work originating in the Cambridge area.
A post Tuesday by Tracy Clark-Flory cited the video-repurposing work on Kreisinger’s “ingenious website that just might revive my love for the show [“Sex and the City”] — or at least make it tolerable — for the next five minutes.”
The project takes “Sex and the City” episodes and edits them to give Carrie’s exploits a lesbian focus. As described by Kreisinger on YouTube, where she posts work:
Each season of the original SATC will be remixed … The queering of on-screen relationships are especially important for LGBTQ fans and allies who have so few options of characters to identify with in popular culture.
Kreisinger’s work in video, which led her to the spring’s South by Southwest festival, was also featured in The Boston Globe in March.
Only two days earlier Salon lauded the memoir “Let’s Take the Long Way Home” by Cambridge resident Gail Caldwell, a staff writer and critic at the Globe for more than 20 years. The book recalls Caldwell’s friendship with Caroline Knapp, the writer and columnist for the Boston Phoenix, who died of lung cancer in 2002.
Salon’s Laura Miller says Caldwell is “serene, wry and meditative, rather than raw,” and sums up:
“Let’s Take the Long Way Home” is a slender and beautiful book, and if Caldwell’s language occasionally fogs up with immaterialities, she never stoops to tear-jerking or sentiment. Which is not to say she won’t make you cry. It might be something as simple as her first-page description of love’s tempo that does it: “For years,” she writes, “we had played the easy daily game of catch that intimate connection implies. One ball, two gloves, equal joy in the throw and return.” Anyone who’s ever had that and lost it — or can imagine what it might feel like to lose it — will recognize how precious it is. The losing isn’t the exceptional part of this story; everyone loses something, sooner or later. The wonder lies in finding it in the first place.
Finally, Salon wanders a little farther, meaning all the way to Somerville in 2007, in another Tuesday post, this one about Jeff Deck and the start of his efforts to correct the nation’s typographical errors. One at a time. (Deck now lives in Portsmouth, N.H.; it was a typo near his apartment that launched the crusade.)
Thomas Rogers has posted an extensive interview in advance of this month’s release of Deck’s book (written with Benjamin Herson) of “The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time.” Here is the authors’ blog, TEAL, or the Typo Eradication Advancement League.