You may remember that I recently posted a review of Kushner's Angels in America, namely focusing on how damn disappointed I was with it. It's a play that's lauded as the quintessential example of gay literature and art of the AIDS epidemic, but completely fails at providing any kind of universal experience. Reading Angels, I found it unsympathetic, gentrified, and unnecessarily brutalistic for its own sake, attempting to criticize the Reagan era but simply being a product of its exact time. Turns out, I was just looking for The Normal Heart this whole time.
I love punk music. I love memoirs. I love strong badass transgender women. I love Tranny by Laura Jane Grace.
Every once in a while we'll leave the realm of reviews to deal with my own personal thoughts regarding a topic. This time: makeup.
Welcome to your regularly scheduled Book Blog post! Today, we are moving into the very scary world that is... not books. It's actually not that treacherous of territory, I had known from the start that this book blog would delve into subjects that were not contained in dead trees and on the shelves of Barnes and Nobles stores. Thankfully, while once in a blue moon we will look at things that aren't books on this here Queer Books Blog, I promise that all things we will examine have plenty of pure, undiluted queer.
It's become canonized as one of the greatest works of American theatre and literature, Kushner's masterpiece of a "gay fantasia" exploring the AIDS crisis of the Reagan era through two plays, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. It won the Tony Award and the Pulitzer, catapulting Kushner to fame and becoming one of the most influential pieces of LGBTQ culture. It's been hard for me to cope with the fact that I didn't like it.
There are very few books I've read that gave me the same feeling I did upon reading the Odyssey. Sure, there are books I've liked a lot more. Yet nothing quite replicates the sense of mystical discovery I felt even upon the opening lines of this truly epic poem. That is, until Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Susan Stryker's Transgender History was a book I picked out as part of an independent reading project for my women's studies class without very high expectations that I'd find anything greatly interesting. I have never been happier to have my expectations broken.