Transgender politics is an arena that turns even the most politically aware into George Wallace-type oafs, which is probably why Riki Anne Wilchins starts her book Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion and the End of Gender with a list of “17 Things You Don’t Say to a Transexual.” I remember my discovery of what it means to be “spooked” when the first transgendered person I became closely acquainted with said, “It’s a way that people look at you, trying to inspect you…like what you’re doing right now.” Mea culpa, and thank the goddess for Wilchins’ book. It’s smart and well written, with just the right mix of Foucaultian theory, chutzpah, and humor. Wilchins reads at 4 p.m. at Lammas, 1607 17th St. NW. FREE. (202) 775-8218. (Holly Bass)