Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

12 February 2005

How Does Someone Who Grew Up as a Woman Learn to Pick Up Chicks Like a Man.

Last Week's "This American Life," which is probably the BEST radio show ever, was entitled "What Is This Thing (Called Love)?" It's a must-listen. Act One is about romance novels and the romance novel industry. Fun and occasionally moving stuff, but par for the course with this show. Act Two, though, is about how transgender men look at love now compared to how they looked at love when they were women. SO INTERESTING and emotionally powerful. Act Three is a brief, humorous, essay from Sarah Vowell (The Incredibles) on the love story of Johnny and June Carter Cash.

My favorite quote (from a woman who tried really hard to be a lesbian but is now transgendered man who likes men): "I'm the only person I know who has been G, L, B and T."

Go here to listen to it. You'll need RealPlayer.