Monday, May 11, 2009

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: an update

The update is that I’m almost finished with the manuscript!!!!

Here’s a preview from the beginning of the introduction:

We’ve grown to appreciate the way our eyes give everything away, our hips sway, our voices flow up and down and then up again: hold me. We’ve embraced our hunger for bushes and beaches, back alleys and bathrooms and anywhere else we can find those bodies we once shunned: our own. We’ve come to terms with our deviance, our defiance, our love for fucking and flowers. We’ve pushed inward and outward at once; we’ve learned to hold one another even if it’s only that moment, that taste, that tongue to tongue or the imprint of sweaty fingertips.

And still, we are losing hope. We wonder how our desires have led to an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, Pottery Barn, and the perfect abs and asshole. As back rooms get shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into “straight-acting dudes hangin’ out,” we wonder if we can still envision possibilities for a flaming faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle.

4 comments:

Michael Faris said...

Love it! especially that last sentence :)

thissouthernfaggot said...

Mattilda. I can't wait for this to be done. I need it in my hands so I can hold and love it right now!

CaroleMcDonnell said...

Hey Mattilda!

Dang, you're brave! A great introduction. Definitely one which will cause those gays who want the status quo to be offended, and will definitely be used by some christians to judge gay folks. But I like your spirit. You're a good soul. Be dangerous and be brave. I think you might like this quotation: "One never needs enemies, but they are so much fun to acquire." -- Eluki bes Shahar, Archangel Blues

-C

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Yay -- thank you, Michael :)

Thissouthernfaggot, yay for holding and loving!!!

Carole, yes yes for dangerous and brave :)

Love --
mattilda