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J LHLS Archives: August 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

They Found The Car
By Gipi
Published by Fantagraphics

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

When I was a child, one of my favorite ways to pass the time on long nighttime car trips was to stare out the window at the darkened houses we zipped past. We would drive on and on, the evenly spaced mailboxes ticking off the time in visually rhythmic increments. Depending on the lateness of the hour, most of the houses were dark. In some, a light would burn from behind a closed curtain. Every now and then, a light would be on, and the curtain in the room would still be open. I loved waiting for these flashing glimpses into other people’s lives. Most of the time, the room would be empty. Occasionally, someone would be sitting on a couch, watching TV or talking on the phone. Once, just once, I saw an elderly couple dancing in their living room and laughing. I spent these road trips wondering about these people, how they decorated their houses, what was important to them. It felt both detached and intimate at the same time. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 05:06 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir
By Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Published by Harper Collins

Review by Logan

I just finished reading "I Am Not Myself These Days" by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Typically I'm hesitant to pick up a gay novel or memoir. The others I've read tend to exist for no other reason than their few explicit sex and drug scenes. I find that the words in between are just filler -- poorly crafted filler at that.

"I Am Not Myself These Days" succeeds in ways other gay novels don't. The novelty and candidness of the author's voice had me laughing out loud by the first chapter. While the book deals with tough topics, namely the tragic demise of a bizarre relationship, the unique metaphors and analogies kept me pleasantly amused and engaged. It's Kilmer-Purcell's witty banter with the reader that separates this from other gay novels. [more]

Posted by Logan @ 02:16 PM PST [Link]

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