Friday, July 10, 2009
Happy 138th Birthday
MARCEL PROUST (1871-1922)
Premier French Novelist
Proust, who was himself homosexual, or as he termed it "inverted," was one of the first European novelists to treat homosexuality openly and at length. His major work, the epic novel À la recherche du temps perdu (later translated as A Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time), was published in seven volumes. The work contains over 2000 literary characters, many of whom are homosexual or lesbian. It spans some 3200 pages.
Born to wealthy and educated parents in Paris at the end of the Franco-Prussian War, he was well educated and studied law and philosophy at the Sorbonne, receiving degrees in both fields. He lived with his parents until the age of 34, and never held any job outside of his writing. His life and family circle changed considerably between 1900 and 1905. His father died in November 1903 and his beloved mother died in September 1905. She left him a considerable inheritance. (In US dollars circa 2006, the principal amount was worth about $6 million, with a monthly income of about $15,000.) His health throughout this period continued to deteriorate.
He wrote the seven volumes of À la recherche du temps perdu commencing in 1910, and was still working on them when he died in 1922. The final 3 were pubished after his death.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
To My Norman
~~~ my Husband, and my truest and dearest Friend. You are my best Inspiration.
You are my biggest Grin, heartiest Laugh,
Deepest Sigh and sole Contentment.
The Highest Highs
would not be worth remembering
The Lowest Lows
would have long ago become unbearable
were You not here to lighten their burden.
You are my best Refuge, and
I could hide myself away from the world
with You alone
and never miss any other part of it.
I renew my promise to always
Love you Big As the Moon,
Twice as High, and
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
h/t to Joe.My.God
Today: DC Recognizes Marriage Euality
At 12:01am this morning, Washington DC began recognizing the validity of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Here's what that gets you if you are married elsewhere and move to the District:
Gay couples residing in DC but legally married elsewhere are now entitled to more than 200 legal rights extended to all married couples. The rights include: inheritance, benefits for spouses of employees at private companies and in the District's government and spousal immunity from testifying against each other.The DC City Council is expected to move to allow local same-sex marriages in the fall.