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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Balls Out

McSweeney's Internet Tendency is consistently excellent and addicting. Philip Graham had a wonderful column there, 'Philip Graham Spends a Year in Lisbon,' which was eventually expanded into his luminous book, 'Moon Come to Earth.' And right now I'm loving Tim Peters' Notes From the Caddieshack. And I think my mother and brother and all golf-lovers and summer-job lovers out there would love it, too.

In this post, though, I especially wanted to plug Casey Plett's column on transitioning genders. Her 19 entries made me laugh and moved me to tears and I highly recommend them to you all! Her writing exudes a maturity, an honesty, that's ironic and beautiful. Below, a lovely excerpt from her fine column, 'Balls Out: A Column on Being Transgendered.'

Your confusion is not a weakness. Don’t get hung up on the world, it’s changing and accepting more with every day. The closet is worse, and there are all kinds of closets. I can’t pretend I know what you may have to go through or what you will become. But for divining the choice yourself you are beautiful, you are beautiful, you are beautiful, and you always will be. I promise you.


  1. I am not sure if confusion is, or is not a weakness. I am not sure if I would rather always be confused, or feel certain. Certainty is an illusion, at least for me.

  2. Hm. I for sure think that confusion is not a weakness.

    On a side note, I'm so annoyed about the spacing problems Blogger has been making for me. I want to point out that the wierd extra spacing on my recent entries is not my fault. It really annoys me but I have yet to figure out how to make it look more normal. Normal, of course, being a relative term...

    Til next time, Kate