Friday, October 24, 2008

Press press press -- yay for press!

First, two brilliant articles in the gay press:

A super-smart review in Windy City Times.

And a wonderful hybrid review/interview in Xtra.

But oops -- the San Francisco Chronicle slams me. No surprise there -- I'll take this blurb anyway: "So Many Ways to Sleep Badly is like William S. Burroughs meets David Sedaris, offering a sort of surreal urban grit with poisoned-arrow that stings and... reveals."

Why does everyone keep comparing me to William Burroughs? Is there something I'm missing, I'll have to revisit some Burroughs -- actually I never read Naked Lunch...

And then, drumroll please... the Utne Reader has included me in the expansive cover story: "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" -- there's a wonderful profile of me that even includes a photo and a great headline, "More Than Marriage." More than marriage, indeed! Here's the whole story online, but it's much more glamorous in print so if you see it on the newsstand then check it out...

Okay, now I have to get ready for my two-day train to Chicago, so I'll be out of range for a little bit...

8 comments:

Tony said...

Honey! I just finished reading the first chapter of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly! Brilliant! Your writing style does seem to have little bits of Burroughs (FYI-If you haven't already, I would suggest Queer by Burroughs, it's a little out of date, but an excellent read), Kerouac (On the Road meets the Dharma Bums), and a touch of Ginsberg!

Great work thus far ~ I am excited to read more...

As far as the press goes, I really enjoyed the Utne piece. I have been working as a Boycott Coordinator for Unite Here International (The Hotel Workers' Union) and we formed a coalition with the No on 8 people, and while I don't give a damn about "marriage equality" - in fact, I think that marriage should be abolished - I do support the idea of coalition building, and bringing various oppressed groups together. Perhaps some synthesis will occur? Well, I have been having some difficulty with marriage movement people, and I am so glad that someone introduced me to your work before I came to this point in my life.

I work with Cleve Jones and a number of marriage movement people, and I often feel like the mainstream LGBT movement is such a waist of time and resources. All this money we are spending on No on 8 and there are people starving???? When did we decide we would - as a community - devote all this attention to marriage?

It is difficult to have an anti-marriage conversation among Queers, and your work does make it a little bit easier.

Thank you sooooooooooooo much!

Lots of Love,

Tony

stephen said...

this is fantastic! congratulations! keep up the energy and go to as many readings as possible cause people need to hear you... i think it's more important than the money or whatever, even though that is a nice bonus...

xoxo

Hilary Goldberg said...

prob. cuz william was openly homo, and did a cut up method of writing which was experimental, and cuz his writing is rather brilliant just like you.

(actually in the current Harper's there is a little piece by him on pg 17 -- prob has an element of creative lineage that you'll see and feel, i would guess)

love, hil

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Tony, yay I'm glad you're enjoying it -- I did read Queer a long time ago, and Ms. Ginsberg + On the Road, but I'm not sure about that canon :)

But Cleve Jones, the paid propagandist for the new Gus Van Sant Milk movie, oh no!

Yay for the anti-marriage conversation, whenever possible!

Stephen, thank you darling, and yes money would be a nice bonus I mean if there was money in this deal... Chicago is next, watch out Chicago!

Hilary, so lovely to hear from you -- I have your movies with me on tour and I keep saving them for a moment when I'm not so exhausted but well, I haven't reached that moment but I want to wait...

Good point about the cut-up style and the openly, okay I'll take the creative lineage -- I just keep thinking about him shooting his wife, that's mostly what I remember so it makes me reject the rest I will look again...

Starting with page 17 of Harper's, although wait is that the issue of Harper's that says something like How to Save Capitalism, I was gawking at that cover I mean gasping and guffawing, oh liberals do such good work!

But page 17 will be a different story...

Love love love --
mattilda

Tony said...

Indeed, I do love the anti-marriage conversations, and your work really does a lot to open up the space necessary for those conversations.

Thank you again!

And yes, Cleve Jones... My experience with Cleve deals mainly with his work for social and economic justice for Hotel Workers and immigrants. He is the LGBT "spokesperson" for our union.

I'd love to learn more about your thoughts about the Gus Van Sant movie, and his career as a director. I am really very upset with the corporate-elite marriage myopic "marketing segment" large sections of the Queer community have become. And my sense is that Cleve and Gus are NOT helping break that corporate anti-revolutionary corporate movement within "our" community.

Unity,

Tony

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Oh, that's an interesting Cleve Jones tidbit.

The marketing of the Milk movie is an atrocity -- I wrote a bit about it a while back (probably you can find it if you search this blog for "Milk" or something like that, but let me know if you can't).

Better go before too much pain...

Love --
mattilda

stephen said...

oh and why didn't the reviews liken your prose style to david wojnarowicz... you read more like wojnarowicz than william burroughs...

lemme guess.....

san francisco chronicle doesn't know who he is??!???

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Stephen, you, my dear, are right right right I'm sure...

Love --
mattilda