I feel this is kind of brilliant.
God, I wish I was there in the States to understand all the irony in such ads!
I’ve been reading your blog for several years now, but never commented. After going to my third bookstore in as many days, I finally found a copy of the most recent Advocate. I really enjoyed the article. My only complaint is that it was too short! Hopefully The Advocate will seek you out for future entries.
In response to the content, I have often felt the disconnect you describe in the article. I lack what seem to be important cultural markers in the development of many gay men. I don’t have the same vocabulary. Even coming of age in the late 90s in Ohio steel country, I never lacked for depictions of gay life on television (Will & Grace, Queer as Folk, Dawson’s Creek), or in fiction (Francesca Lia Block). These turned out to be pretty limited representations of what it means to be gay, but they were available.
So, I’ve never seen Auntie Mame and I didn’t know who Dorothy Parker was until now. This frustrates me because these shared experiences seem to be what connects a lot of gay people – what helped to define a sense of community. I’ve never really felt like I was part of a gay community. Perhaps it never really existed, or maybe it is just on manhunt now.
At any rate, how do I get caught up? Is there a list? Do you have a list? More importantly, do you think it is worth it?
One final note: I am more than willing to write to The Advocate with these queries in the hopes they will solicit you to write for them again. 🙂
KIND of brilliant, Faustus? Only KIND of brilliant?
Faustus, I do believe Ryan is asking for you to write another book, some sort of cultural lexicon, perhaps? A primer on gay culture?
Or perhaps I’m just imagining you as a hockey mom. Those red star earrings that “Denise Stevens” was wearing wouldn’t fight the hair, would they?
I teach figure skating, and at the rink this weekend, I saw a bumper sticker saying “Hockey Moms for Obama/Biden.” It made me smile.
Oh my frickin god in heaven!!!! This is brilliant…Hockey mum my bloody arse….
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