| RECOMMENDED SUMMER READING
by Jennifer Matos
Remember the dread you felt when, as a high school student, you were handed a summer reading list? There are two books related to the L Word that you should consider taking a look at.
The first is the book that L Word.com reported on during its release, Welcome to Our Planet. The book is marketed as a companion to the Showtime series. Written by Kera Bolonik with an introduction by Ilene Chaiken, Welcome to Our Planet is a must-have for the dedicated and die-hard L Word fan.
The book will not help any reader who wants a glimpse into what happens in Season Four. It does not give any hints as to what becomes of Shane and Carmen, what Bette does while traveling with baby Angelica, or any other scraps that one would like to have fall from the L Word table. It does recap Season Three, however, at the end of the book.
What it happens to be is a beautiful 242 page collection of unknown facts and never before seen photos. Beginning with Alice’s famed “Chart”, one can easily get lost pouring over the publication, one can read about how the actresses feel about their characters, what their favorite sets are, read through a list of songs for each episode, enjoy interviews with straight actresses shooting lesbian love scenes and so much more. Most noticeably, however, is the fact that the photos are so bold and colorful that this book practically jumps off the shelf.
Another book to consider tossing in your beach bag this summer is Reading the L Word: Outing Contemporary Television, edited by Kim Akass and Janet McCabe with an introduction by Sarah Warn. Reading the L Word is a series of 20 contributions about what the L Word has to say about lesbians and what lesbians have to say about the L Word. The book is as interesting read as it delves into the benefits of showcasing lesbian characters when there is hardly a venue for such representation, and offering some insights into queer politics.
The 280 page book discusses everything from music, feminism, sex, race, and so much more. Guinevere Turner, writer for the L Word, is also featured in the book and offers more of a family tree rather than a “Chart” with a crystal ball thrown in for good measure. She discusses how the characters developed and hints at what will become of them.
Needles to say, these two books are great companions to the series and an interesting way to fill the void while Season 4 is in production.
You will find yourselves running toward your bookstore (rather than away from it) to get these books.
L-Word.com is not affiliated with Showtime Inc. and no connection is expressed or implied.
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2006-07-04, 16:40:34 PM
Comments: I was there, and am very bummed that I missed JB on stage. Didn't know that she would make an appearance there. Thanks, L-Word.com for keeping us posted on the full coverage of the festivities there.
2006-07-04, 16:45:37 PM
Comments: “Hey” Beautiful speech. Jennifer Beals is really something. I’m glad she made that walk 5 years ago.
2006-07-04, 18:10:50 PM
Comments: Ah...Jennifer Beals. A woman who commands your respect, earns your admiration...all while being incredibly mesmerizing.
2006-07-04, 18:42:19 PM
Comments: HEY!!!!!!Wonderful speech, but how could it have been a bad speech when JB always has us under the spell of her words, her beauty and her intelligence... Short but very beautiful...Show us some love, JB!!!!!
2006-07-04, 19:03:54 PM
Comments: I'm expecting my copy of "Welcome To Our Planet" to be delivered tomorrow. I ordered this before I had read the recap on it and after just now seeing it I'm REALLY looking forward to this delivery!
2006-07-04, 22:35:39 PM
Comments: JB's speech was so great...i'm so glad i was there to hear it...she's the best
2006-07-05, 01:52:57 AM
Comments: God, if only it would have been possible for me to be there to hear that ! However, so far away across the Sea, I'm feeling marvelously close by heart and that's priceless... *** Ms Jennifer Beals is simply the epitome of Beauty, in the deepest and truest sense of the word : inside and outside. A beautiful mind, a beautiful soul, a beautiful heart - she's simply amazing and SO endearing ! I love and admire her a LOT. Thank you, Jennifer - for everything !!
2006-07-05, 11:34:11 AM
Comments: Thank you for putting up the text of Jennifer's SF Pride speech -- it's so soulful and eloquent, it deserves to be widely disseminated. There's just one little section of the speech that you missed. At the very end, after Jennifer said, "Love is and will always be -- always -- more powerful than hate." she said, "Thank you for letting me march in pride and solidarity and joyful conviction and ultimately triumphant love with you today. Thank you!"For all us Tibetters, I think it's important to note that Jennifer said "ultimately triumphant love" not once, but twice.
2006-07-05, 12:48:27 PM
Comments: Wow! I'm sitting here reading this speech and am in awe that I was actually there to hear it personally. It's so eloquent and touching... JB is positively amazing not only as an actress but as a human being.
2006-07-05, 17:06:41 PM
Comments: mmmmm... so right JB, you said it all... thanks to you guys for sharing it with us
2006-07-05, 20:23:57 PM
Comments: Wow Jennifer Beals is awesome and that was a wonderful speech. She is the most beautiful and amazing woman in the world and we love her and will support her forever. Love Jennifer Beals Forever!!!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-05, 21:36:16 PM
Comments: ABSOLUTE GODDESSSSSSS........
2006-07-06, 03:55:38 AM
Comments: "Ultimately triumphant love story"Could it mean my favorite couple succed at the end. I think I'll take a hike and wish for it...Love JB the Goddess
2006-07-08, 17:13:50 PM
Comments: absolutly spellboundingguys her speech is uploded on youtube you can view it and she looks oh so amazingi am in her eternal spell
2006-07-12, 21:54:09 PM
Comments: just love me some Jeeny Beals...she looked and was great at SF...and I love the 'ultimately triumphant love story'...ppleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee