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Anonymous asked: Do you have any recommendations for gay literature?
oh um hmm. this question has made me realize how little I actually read specifically gay literature?
but then again what is “gay” art? Art made by the gays? for the gays? about the gays? art with some kind of gay aesthetic?
does asking these question reify some homogeneous “gay identity”?
Things that come to mind are Angels in America, James Baldwin, orlando by virginia woolf…
capitalism and gay identity by john d’emilio (basically the thing that caused such a fundamental shift in the way i view EVERYTHING)
judith butler’s cool. obv Foucault…
oscar wilde is really gay. “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young”
also into john d’emilio, although I’ve heard that there are some critiques of his “capitalism and gay identity” (though I don’t really know what there are). just a reminder to read critically. and I liked “another country” by james baldwin.
the miseducation of cameron post (fiction) is really great. I don’t know about stories with gay/queer boys, but good lesbian/queer girl fiction is super hard to find. bastard out of carolina by dorothy allison, it’s semi-autobiographical. you probably know the perks of being a wallflower, that’s good, if slightly overrated now.
yeah, I also feel like this has made me realize I don’t read that much explicitly queer stuff. 1. bc I feel like I’m so queer everything I read/watch is a little queer (but I also know the perils of queer baiting) 2. honestly, most of the queer lit I’ve come across is really terrible.
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