The capacity -- heck, the need -- for self-deceit
in her 2000 anthology "The Lesbian Pillow Book,"
notes that lesbians have often hoarded less-than-uplifting portraits of their lives. In times past, lesbians "could not afford to be as selective as many of us have since become, insisting upon our right to be so; they found ways to take what they needed from the books they could find, and to leave or rework less palatable matter.
"Long before theories of 'the reader as author'
became modish, many a lesbian was, perforce, an adept."