Monday, May 12, 2008

The rumors are true -- the expanded second edition of THAT'S REVOLTING! is finally out...

“That's Revolting! is a pre-emptive line in the sand… It calls us all, regardless of our specific sexual and gender identities, to resist the pressures to assimilate into an increasingly belligerent and racist normality. Ranging from New York to San Francisco, from prison cells to the prison camp life of occupied Palestine, That's Revolting! does more than map out the nether regions of queer identity politics. The articles and interviews gathered together here are full of the collective wisdom of generations of activists determined to take the social space needed to live their lives.” —Left Turn

This expanded edition contains the original work by dozens of troublemakers, including Patrick Califia, Dean Spade, and Carol Queen, as well as five new selections that cover everything from rabble-rousing with the Gay Liberation Front in the 1960s to blowing up buildings with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, current-day rural queer youth organizing in Massachusetts to stripping naked to fight global AIDS.

Of course, there is going to be a devastating San Francisco launch, so mark your calendars now:

THAT’S REVOLTING!: Radical queer activism -- past, present, and future.
Thursday, June 5, 6pm
San Francisco Main Library
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room (downstairs)
100 Larkin Street
(415) 557-4566
Co-sponsored by the National Queer Arts Festival.

Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore to celebrate the arrival of the expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, with a dangerous and illuminating discussion featuring Carol Queen, Bo Brown, Ralowe T. Ampu, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Eric Stanley and Gina de Vries.

Has the nightmare of gay marriage sandblasted the dreams of ‘70s gay liberation revolutionaries? Has the feverish potential of queer sexual splendor been annihilated by the consumerist frenzy of assimilationist gay culture? Is there hope for radical queer troublemaking in the hyper-gentrified monoculture of current-day San Francisco? Bring your questions, ideas, plots and dreams, and this will be one of the first opportunities to get the book (at a slightly discounted rate) and develop more questions, ideas, plots and dreams -- and you can get it signed! And set up dates with the hot editor and contributors!

If you can't make it to the launch, and/or you want to order the book directly from the publisher, you can work that magic here.


grantatee said...

i'm so excited about the launch.

and that cover is still so glamorous. love it.

you know, it was some straight guy who i gave a little zine i made titled 'things i think about while riding my bike' who said, have you ever heard of that person mattilda? i read about this book launch at the library about queers and assimilation and i think it would interest you.
well i missed that show, but found you when you came back from the tour to wrap up at modern times.

just a little memory i wanted to share.


mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Yay, I'm glad you're excited!

And that's a great story -- I love it!!!

Love --