This is a special web edition of the book. The physical item is 4.25"x5.5", costs $5,
and makes a swell gift for people with taste, style, and wit.
This Is Me in Europe
Photographs by Jean Sirius
© Copyright 2003 by Jean Sirius
This Is Me in Europe, an adventure
When a girl from Kansas gets to Europe, there's going to be dawdling, and there's going to be gawking, and there's not a thing you can do about it. Brush my hair as I might, I was never quite sure I got all the hayseeds out.
From May Day until the Summer Solstice I was nothing but a tourist in England, Holland, Belgium and France. This was enough time to take 9000 digital photographs. Here are fourteen of them.
This book is a shout-out to Tee A. Corinne, who will not be happy until every living lesbian artist has written her biography. She hates when we're invisibilized, and loves when she can pick us out.
Mad props to the women in Europe who showed me around, fed me, gave me a bed, made the trip possible: Marian Bakker, Lieve Snellings, Michelle Campbell, Rosy Martin, Sharon Whittington, Jill Posener, and Mara Hartwig (whose people, as it happens, are from Kansas).
And finally, to Sarah Carroll and Lisa Kahaleole Hall: you rock my world.
This book was made possible by generous grants from
The Darling Daughter Charitable Trust
The travel on which the book is based was funded by
the late Dotcom Bubble.