The Bi Pan Library mailbox was BURSTING this month!

Thanks to funds from this fundraising zine, in October we were able to add several more expensive secondhand books to our collection. Particularly exciting are four June Jordan books, three rare vintage erotica titles, and a long list of zines!

Also, thanks to two generous private donation, in November we were able to purchase a large number of rare vintage periodicals: twelve pristine issues of California community newsletter The Bi-Monthly from the 1970s-80s, seven issues of Anything That Moves magazine, and one issue of the extremely rare and short-lived sex magazine Logomotive/Slippery When Wet. These are very precious pieces of bisexual history, and we’re happy to be able to preserve them.

Now let’s go on a tour of all the new acquisitions…

Magazines added in October & November…

Anything That Moves Issue #5, 1993
Anything That Moves Issue #6, 1993
Anything That Moves Issue #7, Spring 1994
Anything That Moves Issue #8, Summer 1994
Anything That Moves Issue #9
Anything That Moves Issue #19
Anything That Moves Issue #21,
Anything That Moves Issue #22,

Anything That Moves magazine was a US bisexual magazine, published by the San Francisco Bay Area Bisexual Network (now the Bay Area Bi+ & Pan Network) between 1990 and 2002. You can read scans of every single Anything That Moves issue via the Archiving Anything That Moves project.

After this huge purchasing month, we only have a handful of Anything That Moves issues left to collect! If you can help us locate copies or have copies to donate, please drop us a line.

12 issues of a California bisexual center’s community newsletter, The Bi-Monthly, from the 1970s-80s. More details about this collection coming in the future. The Bi-Monthly and Logomotive/Slippery When Wet are difficult to find information about online. We will be working on obtaining permission to scan the issues we have and make PDFs available to the public.

Books added in October & November…

Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan
Jordan, June

“The definitive overview of June Jordan’s -poetry. Collecting the finest work from Jordan’s ten volumes, as well as dozens of “last poems” that were never published in Jordan’s lifetime, these more than six hundred pages overflow with intimate lyricism, elegance, fury, meditative solos, and dazzling vernacular riffs. As Adrienne Rich writes in her introduction, June Jordan “wanted her readers, listeners, students, to feel their own latent power—of the word, the deed, of their own beauty and intrinsic value.” (Publisher’s copy)

Affirmative Acts: Political Essays
Jordan, June

“Piercingly intuitive, eloquent, and caustic, Affirmative Acts is an address to the social, economic, racial, and political conflicts that mar the otherwise beautiful human experience. In this new collection of political essays, Jordan explores the confusion of an America in the grip of pseudo-multiculturalism and political intolerance… Jordan acquaints readers with moments of American life threatened by social negligence and economic despair. With her characteristic insight, Jordan unveils how these too-frequent bouts of civil unrest bring out the weakest parts of the American spirit and challenges readers to remain inspired as society approaches the millennium.” (Publisher’s copy)

Soldier: A Poet’s Childhood
Jordan, June

A profoundly moving childhood memoir by a noted poet, essayist, teacher, and journalist. “SHORTA not uncommon story is here captured with astonishing beauty” the childhood of a gifted daughter whose immigrant parents must struggle in order to provide her with the educational and social opportunities not available to them or, for that matter, to most blacks of her generation. In vivid prose that re-creates the heady impressions of youth, June Jordan takes us to the Harlem and Brooklyn neighborhoods where she lived and out into the larger landscape of her burgeoning imagination. Exploring the nature of memory, writing, and familial as well as social responsibility, Jordan re-creates the world in which her identity as a social and artistic revolutionary was forged.” (Publisher’s copy)

Civil Wars
Jordan, June

“June Jordan’s battleground is the intersection of private and public reality, which she explores through a blending of personal reflection and political analysis. From journal entries on the line between poetry and politics and a discussion of language and power in “White” versus “Black” English to First Amendment issues, children’s rights, Black studies, American violence, and sexuality, Jordan documents the very personal ways in which she meshes with the social issues of modern-day life in this country.” (Publisher’s copy)

Full Disclosure
Garrett, Camryn

Full Disclosure was “adopted” by a friend of the Bi Pan Library! Find out more about “adopting” books for the library here.

Simone Garcia-Hampton is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.
Keeping her viral load under control is easy, but keeping her diagnosis under wraps is not so simple. Simone’s first instinct is to protect her secret at all costs, but as she gains a deeper understanding of the prejudice and fear in her community, she begins to wonder if the only way to rise above is to face the haters head-on. . . .
” (Publisher’s copy)

Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life
Marjorie Garber

Garber’s pathbreaking study of bisexuality as an erotic, social, and cultural phenomenon explores such topics as schoolgirl (and boy) crushes, sexual threesomes, the possibility of a “bisexual gene”, the compatibility of bisexuality with marriage, and bisexuality in film, psychoanalysis, biology, and classical myth.” (Publisher’s copy)

Point Red

When Eve modeled she loved exposing her most intimate parts to a room filled with men and women — their lust for her luscious body made her flesh tingle! Eve’s fantasies lead her into the thrilling eroticism of bisexual passion…” (Publisher’s copy, 1981)

Very little information about this title is available online.

The Three Way Household
Remington, A. R.

“Marriage on the rocks? The old solution has been a combination of attorneys, courtrooms, judges, grounds for divorce, and then the official-looking papers that were ften the result of nothing more than a mutual misunderstanding of the natural boredom of a man and a woman who did not add up to a perfect twosome. The new solution that is being practiced — thought often surreptitiously — is a radically different one: The couple, recognizing boredom for what it is — a human failing — do not get twin beds, do not go to their separate ways; instead, they invite a broad-minded third man or woman, and they… get a bed large enough to hold three!” (Publisher’s copy, 1974)

Very little information about this title is available online.

Bisexualities: Theory and Research
edited by Fritz Klein, MD and Timothy J. Wolf, MD

An unbiased and revealing look at bisexuality, an important variation and aspect of homosexuality. Leading sex researchers of bisexuality look at this often-misunderstood sexual minority and explain the major issues affecting bisexual men and women today. The authors bring to this book a solid understanding of the issues involving bisexuality and clarify many misconceptions surrounding this controversial area of human sexual identity.” (Publisher’s copy)

What You Always Wanted to Know About Switch Hitters
Knudsen, Hildegaard

“This extraordinary documentary covers that sexual phenomenon — the female homosexual. This authoritative book presents the detailed case history of one such woman, Daphne Swanson, wife of a brilliant young director, whose world with the passing years, has grown more narrow and circumstcribed. Life with her husband, both in and out of bed, has become bland and predictable. Is homosexuality in any way inferior to heterosexuality? Do sexual relations with a person of the same sex represent a deviation or a short-circuiting of a very definite biologic intention? These are some of the queries settled by Hildegaard Knudsen. Here is a truly honest work by a distinguished educator that respects your intelligence, recognizes your concerns, and answers in full… what you always wanted to know about switch hitters — but were afraid to ask.” (Publisher’s copy, 1971)

Very little information about this title is available online.

Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

A woman’s coming-of-age journey through the rugged landscape of Wales to the reflective quiet of a retreat center. Along the way she questions and explores the depth of her Methodist faith as she comes to terms with her bisexual identity. Andrew skillfully and seamlessly weaves the threads of spirituality, sexuality and the creative process out of the compelling events of her life. Her inspiring memoir stretches from the faith of her childhood, in which she was “taught to look for the Word in the Bible,” to her revelation as an adult that “the word of God resides in each of us–it dwells among us, full of grace.” (Publisher’s copy)

Dusty! Queen of the Postmods
Annie J. Randall

“Dusty Springfield became the first British soloist to break into the U.S. Top Ten music charts with her 1964 hit “I Only Want To Be With You”–a pop classic followed by many others… In this penetrating look at her music and career, Annie J. Randall shows how Springfield’s contributions transcend the narrow limits of those descriptions and how this middle-class former convent girl became perhaps the unlikeliest of artists to achieve soul credibility on both sides of the Atlantic.
Randall reevaluates Springfield’s place in sixties popular music through close investigation of her performances as well as interviews with her friends, peers, professional associates, and longtime fans. As the author notes, the singer’s unique look–blonde beehive wigs and heavy black mascara–became iconic of the mid-sixties postmodern moment in which identity scrambling and camp pastiche were the norms in swinging London’s pop culture. Randall places Springfield within this rich cultural context, focusing on the years from 1964 to 1968, when she recorded her biggest international hits and was a constant presence on British television. The book pays special attention to Springfield’s close collaboration and friendship with American gospel singer Madeline Bell, the distinctive way Springfield combined US soul and European melodrama to achieve her own musical style and stage presence, and how her camp sensibility figured as a key element of her artistry.
” (Publisher’s copy)

Zines added this in October & November

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