‘speaking out’, and ‘the intimate politics of love and betrayal’

by tobybee

for the last few days i’ve been turning to some old jewish favourites for comfort: to melanie kaye/kantrowitz, ella shohat, ammiel alcalay, the boyarins, and assorted others who sit on my bookshelf. while spending much time scouring the interwebs looking for more analysis, i’ve also found it necessary to return to the words of jews who have asserted the importance of jewish diasporism: the creativity and the always-already liminality of living in the diaspora.

and then today in the mail (thanks to a certain online provider of books and cds, who i sadly had to use because these things aren’t available in shops here), came a parcel containing the new cd from the shondes, my dear one, and a new book, “Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires”, edited by Miryam Kabakov. in short, two amazing pieces of queer jewish creativity (well, i haven’t read the book yet (but it looks rad), but the cd is all sorts of awesome), which will nourish and sustain my soul in the coming days.

in the liner notes for ‘my dear one’, the shondes write:

A note to listeners. we didn’t set out to make a breakup album. but when every song you write seems to tell a different part of the same story, you begin to think it’s a story worth telling. so we spent this year thinking hard about the intimate politics of love and betrayal. the truth is, everything we believe about justice is directly reflected in the bonds of our closest relationships, in how we treat the people we love. we have to try to honor the strength and fragility of these bonds, the risk of trusting and being trusted, and the opportunity to be accountable to each other. let’s take our heartbreak and make it beautiful.

sigh. full points for importance.

and then, just now, i watched this:

* hat-tip to liz p