Thursday, July 22, 2004

So, Dick. Been Down to the Secluded Bower Lately? 

Hot girl-on-girl action does not come cheap these days. Guess the author:
Even her lacy undershirt and drawers were wet, clinging to her body before she stripped them off. Standing naked, she opened the volume on the bedside table and took out the letter she had put there earlier . . . .

The note was short. "Helen, my joy and my beloved," it began:

"Why do we stay? I have no reason beyond a few pupils who would miss me briefly, and your life would be infinitely better away from him. Let us go away together, away from the anger and imperatives of men. We shall find ourselves a secluded bower where they dare not venture. There will be only the two of us, and we shall linger through long afternoons of sweet retirement. In the evenings I shall read to you while you work your cross-stitch in the firelight. And then we shall go to bed, our bed, my dearest girl."
If you said to yourself Dang! Sure beats me how a lady novelist could render those inchoate Sapphic longings with such delicacy and insight, unless she'd spent the last few decades married to Vice President Dick Cheney, then you are bang on the money, Honey. The odd thing about Sisters, a 1981 novel of feminism-on-the-frontier ("where the relationship between women and men became a kind of guerilla warfare in which women were forced to band together for the strength they needed and at times for the love they wanted"), is that it seems to have vanished altogether from Lynne Cheney's official White House bio.

And copies are becoming curiously scarce on the ground. Our distinguished colleague Jim Capozzola, the Rittenhouse Review's resident scholar of frontier-Lesbian literature, was unable to locate a used copy on EBay, Amazon, Powell's, or Alibris. In fact, Jim was starting to think that some party or parties unknown might have undertaken to buy up the entire print run and stash it in a secluded bunker.

Finally, though, he found a copy for sale on Alibris.com.

Guess how much it costs.

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