I bring that up for several reasons.
1) You can miss a lot of community book coverage if you don't pay attention. You can read it and love it and not register, "There was book coverage." (The community always wants more book coverage. It's a constant request.)
2) There have been a lot of women who've taken to telling their own stories in the last two years.
3) I'm glad we have taken part in covering them.
I was at a bookstore this weekend. I went over to the music section and looked at the biographies. There was the Joni, Carly and Carole bio. There was the Wilson sisters' new autobio and that was it. A huge shelf filled with nothing but men telling their stories and men telling the stories of other men.
I really couldn't believe it. Carly Simon's planning on publishing her autobiography shortly. I look forward to reading that and to weighing in. (We've already agreed that if Carly's autobiography comes out while we're still online, we'll cover it in roundtable format at Third.)
Women have made their way in the music world. But even so, look at all the crap in any bookstore music section and you'll quickly grasp just how few women bookstores will stock.
And I'm sorry to point this out but bookstores are not 'macho' retail. In other words, it's women who are doing this, not just men, who are helping to erase and minimize women's contributions.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"