Inapt Neologisms


Recently I've been mulling over neologisms that aren't bad conceptually, but are so clunky and inelegant that I stop paying attention to ideas and start gaping at how ugly the words are. [insert examples] I think there's more in play here than simply a tin ear. Instead, I've noticed some…

Tony Kushner on Fabulousness


[caption id="attachment_683" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Warren's fav part of this 1993 march, these men chanting: "we're here; we're queer; we're fabulous--don't fuck with us.""][/caption] What are the salient features of Fabulousness? Irony. Tragic history. Defiance. Gender-fuck. Glitter. Drama. It is not butch. It is not hot. The cathexis surrounding Fabulousness is…

Disney Aphorisms 1


[caption id="attachment_628" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Mickey-Mondrian by Mick Haggerty. 1976"][/caption] Years ago a character in one of my stories claimed that “theme parks are the death camps of the twenty-first century.”  Yet here I am teaching a class on Disney. Some first thoughts, still at the aphorism stage. Innocence Disney films,…

Shared by An Experience of Friendship


"Friends do not share something (birth, law, place, taste): they are shared by the experience of friendship.Friendship is the con-division that precedes every division, since what has to be shared is the very fact of existence, life itself. And it is this sharing without an object, this original con-senting, that…