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Michael Deagler The Puerto Rican drag queen is a recognizable personification of New York in the s, the neighbor and opposite of the white, Gordon Gekko-style master of the universe with his slicked-back hair.
In The House of Impossible Beautiesdebut novelist Joseph Cassara brings this stock character into the foreground in order to recognize her humanity and her history.
Cassara immerses us in a New York that we may think we know from countless other novels and films, but which is, in fact, significantly more complex and more urgently relevant to us today than previously imagined.
I met Cassara last winter at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was editing the final draft of the novel.
What first drew you to this milieu? There was this perfect combination of grit and fabulousness. I had always loved Paris Is Burning and I thought I would write a short story that drew inspiration from the people we meet in the film.
I was in my first semester of grad school at the time and I submitted the story for workshop. It was about 43 pages and my peers kept saying, much to my chagrin: The documentary served as a launching off point.
Angel, Hector, and Dorian are based on real people. Paris Dupree and Pepper LaBeija were also real people who have minor appearances in the book. The artist Keith Haring is mentioned very briefly. On the other hand, Juanito and Daniel are completely fictionalized.
One has a purple spot on his neck, probably a hickey.
They look so young to me now. I always imagined their faces when I was writing Juanito and Daniel. This is both a historical novel and a novel that takes a very specific subculture as its topic. What sort of research did you have to do to tap into the ball culture of s New York?
I watched the documentary about a million times. It felt like the ultimate treasure trove—not only do the subjects talk to the camera, but we also see them in scene. Sometimes they contradicted themselves, which is so beautiful and human.
I was fascinated by how many levels of performance were taking place. My goal was to study these moments in the film as closely as possible so that I could render something similar on the page with precision.
Then there were the smaller things that came together to create the milieu. I curated an informal archive of photos. Some images had people from the documentary, while others showed the subway or the streets of NYC.
It was like a collection of primary sources that I used to inform my descriptions of the place and time. I interviewed some people when I could. For example, one of the characters in the book has dreams of becoming a dancer. I know very little about dance. I took Ballet in college to fulfill a physical education requirement, and I learned many things about myself in that class, none of which are related to grace or flexibility.
So I have a friend who is a very talented dancer.Yes, the Manicheans who divided the world into all good and all evil, and who gave us our indispensible term “Manichean” to describe a juvenile belief in nuance-free black-and-white narratives about the world.
The poet of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight may well be referring to such episodes when in the first of the three titillating bedroom scenes. Sir Gawain remains Arthur's chief knight.
a group of French writers produced what modern scholars refer to as the Vulgate Cycle. A Comparison of Perfection in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Perfection in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The heroes of both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are fighters.
On the other hand, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (late fourteenth century) and Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queen (), two of the great quest narratives from early English literature, also have what modern readers must consider cartoonish elements. At King Edward’s School he came into contact with Beowulf, Pearl, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in their original tongues.
And in his last year at school, he encountered the Kalevala in W. H. Kirby’s translation (Bio, 46, 49). the divergence between an individualistic psychologism in the historical investigation of literature and a schematically causal approach to the literary orde r.