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In this funny, lyrical, and piercingly insightful collection of essays and poems, trans writer, artist, and activist Cooper Lee Bombardier explores his experiences of gender and sexuality against the backdrop of early '90s, punk-fueled San Francisco queer culture.


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In this funny, lyrical, and piercingly insightful collection of essays and poems, trans writer, artist, and activist Cooper Lee Bombardier explores his experiences of gender and sexuality against the backdrop of early '90s, punk-fueled San Francisco queer culture.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    An extremely strong collection of memoir essays, centered on themes of queer community, gender transition, reckoning with white masculinity, being a working class artist, relationships, trauma, healing, and accountability. Two short pieces about childhood, "Lincoln Street" and "Boombox", ached with the feeling of the last period of freedom before the full onslaught of gender policing and puberty. Many of the pieces provided a window to a specific queer moment in San Francisco in the 1990s, when An extremely strong collection of memoir essays, centered on themes of queer community, gender transition, reckoning with white masculinity, being a working class artist, relationships, trauma, healing, and accountability. Two short pieces about childhood, "Lincoln Street" and "Boombox", ached with the feeling of the last period of freedom before the full onslaught of gender policing and puberty. Many of the pieces provided a window to a specific queer moment in San Francisco in the 1990s, when punk artist collectives could still afford rent and run wild through the city. Bombardier also writes about working in traditionally masculine spaces, in carpentry, in welding, in construction, and as a college campus security guard. I enjoyed the nonlinear organization of the pieces in this book, and I highlighted several lines which I know I will be thinking about for a long time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Torrey Peters

    Got an advance copy, read it in a single night. This book contains the sort of gentle wisdom sorely lacking in the world around me, and it was a balm.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This collection of essays spans a long swath of trans time, offering some historicizing of SF and NM in the 90s and early oughts, including dyke/transmasc tensions and a reckoning with past relationships and an inheritance of familial violence. Honestly so much here, a lot of life lived and hard-won lessons learned. The essay on accountability and problematic accountability processes was probably my favorite; I loved a lot else too—the essay on new trans memoir is terrific. Much clear-sighted wi This collection of essays spans a long swath of trans time, offering some historicizing of SF and NM in the 90s and early oughts, including dyke/transmasc tensions and a reckoning with past relationships and an inheritance of familial violence. Honestly so much here, a lot of life lived and hard-won lessons learned. The essay on accountability and problematic accountability processes was probably my favorite; I loved a lot else too—the essay on new trans memoir is terrific. Much clear-sighted wisdom to be found here and Bombardier’s image-rich writing is humbly excellent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Beautiful craft. I appreciate the difficulty and complexity of the subject matter. Bombardier explores the subtlety of years spent as "passing" inconsistently as a man or a woman, as being perceived by other queer people to have an ambiguous or complicated gender, and of making the effort to establish himself physically and socially as a man — but without entirely rejecting the meaning and legacy of the experiences that came before. A personal journey affects one's chosen community, and these dis Beautiful craft. I appreciate the difficulty and complexity of the subject matter. Bombardier explores the subtlety of years spent as "passing" inconsistently as a man or a woman, as being perceived by other queer people to have an ambiguous or complicated gender, and of making the effort to establish himself physically and socially as a man — but without entirely rejecting the meaning and legacy of the experiences that came before. A personal journey affects one's chosen community, and these discussions blend. Queer community has always knit around the challenging parts of individual experience. If, due to social progress, these specific challenges eventually fade or change in nature, what will it then mean to belong to queer community? Bombardier leaves it open-ended, a question that belongs to the future. The penultimate essay, "The Fourth Level," is about trauma, abuse, misunderstanding, and restitution. It has hard-won insights with a clear-headed perspective, and it challenges all of us to think about how we act and react and how we judge others.

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