Category: Blog

  • Exploring LGLC data with free tools

    Inspired by a recent article, “Tales of an Indiscriminate Tool Adopter,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I decided to evaluate some of the suggested tools and see how easy they would be to implement. First was RAW, a visualization tool that helps represent the connections and relationships between and within sets of data. Using […]

  • How Poetry Saved My Life

    HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE: A HUSTLER’S MEMOIR Amber Dawn [Arsenal Pulp Press] Midway through How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn’s memoir of her life as a sex worker, she recalls a client telling her “Now I feel human again.” A few pages later she asks “What would I pay to feel human again?” This […]

  • Mapping places in LGLC

    After attending the XSLT workshop at DHSI 2013, I built this map using a KML file created from the XML representing all the places listed in the LGLC dataset. See full example We hope to integrate this data with the event data, and place it into one comprehensive map/timeline similar to the prototype for 1964:

  • Canadian History through the Stories of Activists

    GENDER AND SEXUALITY: CANADIAN HISTORY THROUGH THE STORIES OF ACTIVISTS & RESISTING THE STATE: CANADIAN HISTORY THROUGH THE STORIES OF ACTIVISTS Scott Neigh [Fernwood Publishing], History is often described as being written by the victors; a single story in which voices of struggle and resistance are often lost. Scott Neigh’s pair of books, Resisting […]

  • Venus With Biceps

    VENUS WITH BICEPS: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF MUSCULAR WOMEN David L. Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky Arsenal Pulp Press For David L. Chapman, the bodybuilding women of 1950’s-era Muscle Beach inspired a fascination with muscular women that has lasted for decades. This passion led him to amass a collection of rare postcards, photographs, and broadsides depicting […]

  • At DHSI 2012: Final Outcome

    Quite enjoying my class with Ian Gregory on Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities, so much so that this map resulted: The gay people! They’re spreading!

  • Counter Culture Classics: Bikini Kill

    This summer I found myself standing in the narrow aisles of the stacks of New York University’s Fales Library, reaching inside a shallow cardboard box to touch the thin fabric of a musty dress. “That,” exclaimed the excited librarian of the Riot Grrrl Collection, “is the dress from the cover of Bikini Kill’s Pussy Whipped.” […]

  • Unpersons

    UNPERSONS The Pack a.d. [Mint Records] Unpersons is an unrepentant breakup album, with all of The Pack a.d.’s quieter, gentler tendencies drained away and distilled into tight, angry rock. Drummer Maya Miller bangs out backing rhythms as vocalist Becky Black howls out the pain of a broken heart. But even in their sadness, The Pack […]

  • Love is a Hunter

    LOVE IS A HUNTER Rae Spoon [Saved By Radio/Vinyl], Abandoning the spare country folk of 2008’s superioryouareinferior, Rae Spoon’s latest album, Love is a Hunter, pulses with barely contained dance beats. Backing their signature high tremolo with electronica makes for an odd, but enthralling combination of vulnerability and bravado. Singing “You can dance with […]

  • Butch Hagiography

    ELISHA LIM & THEIR ILLUSTRATED GENTLEMEN Elisa Lim Feminist Art Gallery Tucked away behind the home of Toronto-based artists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue is the brand new Feminist Art Gallery (FAG). Not quite able to believe that such a magical place could actually exist, I went on a fact-finding mission this spring. Entering through […]