Takes One To Know One

I’m not feeling so good,

full moon,


 enough said.

Weather? Who cares.

I finished reading this book, I don’t remember if I told you about it,

Takes One To Know One by Kate Allen,

 it was a gift from a friend.

I enjoyed it, and it managed to get me out of my mini book slump.

I liked the characterisations and it had quite a bit of humour.

I always appreciate humour, especially when in a funk.

The action takes place on would be women only land.

A murder takes place, it is a mystery.

But, really it is a portrait of the lesbian community.

In most of its vastness and complexity.

The quirks, the charm, the divisions and the bonds.

It also deals with Lesbian separatism.

I find the idea a little bit passe.

Not that I believe for a minute that women have attained equality.

It’s strange that I finish it,

 on the day that I read a New York Times Obituary of Jill Johnson.

Jill Johnson wrote a ground breaking book , Lesbian Nation.

I have never read Lesbian Nation but,

I know that it deals specifically with Lesbian separatism.

I can appreciate the anger and sentiment that brought about such movements.

The novel asks relevant questions and deals with them in a mature, thoughtful way.

Deserves a read,

 and I think I will probably read more of Allen s work.

Sorry for the brevity of the appreciation, but,

I think you get the gist of it.

Later girls


By Bookish Butch

I am a bookish butch in my mid early fifties. I live in Montréal and always have. I used to run a small used bookstore. Reading keeps me sane. My latest jiggie is photography, book project in the works, living the dream


  1. Your blog was the only place I could find any mention of Jill Johnson’s untimely death. “Lesbian Nation” was/is an inspiring, affirmative book which inspired some of us UK 2nd-Wavers to dare to be differet &/or affirmed us on our path! I once got in serious trouble at a women’s conference (c.1978) for putting up a banner saying EVERY WOMAN CAN BE A LESBIAN! (Not like Alix Dobkin hadn’t already noticed, or anything…) Those were the days – & daring to be different is still the name of the game/the stuff of life/the spice of life…

  2. Thanks for your comment, I agree difference is the spice of life. The New York Times had a good post on their site in the book section about Jill Johnson and Lesbian Nation. We owe much to those who came before us.

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