Hello! I’m back!
It was a crazy weekend this past weekend. I knew I wouldn’t be able to post. I had a Kindle Fiction update planned for Monday but, to my horror, GoDaddy, my hosting provider had a major server outage due to the work of a hacker. This blog and millions of other sites were laid low because of it. I suppose I could have posted yesterday but, really, who wants to start off their week with a day like September 11th and all that the date places on the American psyche? Nope, I figured I better save my planned review for today.
Last week, unsolicited by me and without warning, it would seem, I received a book in the mail titled, The Dyke Diagnostic Manual by author Mickey Eliason. Now, authors and publishers contact me all the time seeking reviews. If I agree, they send their book along and I give it a read and, usually, a review. I can’t find where I’d ever previously corresponded with anyone about this particular book. It just appeared. I’m fine with that. It seemed to be a decent sort of non-fiction book full of lesbian pathos. I thought it might make an interesting read. What was puzzling was that it came with nothing…not a scrap of paper to say who sent it or why. Was it the author herself? Was it the publisher? What was being sought? I’ve no clue and the return address label did nothing to clear up even the “who sent it” mystery.
Published in May of this year, The Dyke Diagnostic Manual, or DDM for short, is a book that’s all about recognizing and solving the problems surrounding dyke drama. Eliason modeled this sometimes serious, often very tongue in cheek manual, after the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders that is the premier reference for members of the American Psychiatric Association. No, the DDM isn’t an “official” guide, but if you know at least a half dozen lesbians, you’re going to see bits and pieces of them and their pathos “diagnosed” in this book.
34 “disorders” are defined and categorized in this dycology. Along with the diagnosis, we get “Prevelance” – the percentage of lesbians suffering from the disorder or who have had it or who might ultimately suffer it and we get “Treatment” information. Treatments often involves various forms of intervention or taking a hands off approach by partners, friends and the community at large.
I have to say that I enjoyed perusing this book. I saw a little bit of myself in here, although not so much the current me that’s pretty stable but the coming out me, the baby dyke me and the person I was after my break-up with my first long term partner. That stuff was all okay but, I’ve already lived it and moved on. This might have been a help then though, had I had it. No, what was interesting was seeing things about my wife defined:
- The tool obsession some dykes have (not really a bad thing!)
- DDM 30 – Lesbian Emotionally Exhausting Process Disorder
- DDM 31 – Dykolepsy