The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions (Paperback)
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This joyous little mythology is, well, magical. If the title doesn’t grab you, the illustrations have to.
Larry Mitchell writes in choppy, whip-smart parable about the faggots, the queens, the fairies, and all those who are in opposition to the staid, stodgy, power-hungry men. He writes, specifically, of the liminal spaces they find themselves in, the love those spaces and these people find in one another, and the revolutionary energy that liminality and love potentiate.
Originally written in 1977, this classic does have some seams that show – one might read a bit more gender essentialism here than one might hope – but for all the ways it does hold up, it’s incredibly impressive. Plus, it’s just a very fun read about queers doing queer stuff together. What’s better than that?
The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions is a beloved queer utopian text written by Larry Mitchell with lush illustrations by Ned Asta, published by Calamus Press in 1977. Part-fable, part-manifesto, the book takes place in Ramrod, an empire in decline, and introduces us to the communities of the faggots, the women, the queens, the queer men, and the women who love women who are surviving the ways and world of men. Cherished by many over the four decades since its publication, The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions offers a trenchant critique of capitalism, assimilation, and patriarchy that is deeply relevant today. This new edition will feature essays from performance artist Morgan Bassichis, who adapted the book to music with TM Davy in 2017 for a performance at the New Museum, and activist filmmaker Tourmaline.