Mind blowing in many respects with many aspects re-evaluated. In his forthcoming study "Homosexuality As A Career" sociologist Winston Dinky seeks to explore the world of the "professional gay" where the subjects in question seem to have become popular just because of their homosexuality. Well it is in "vogue" in more ways than one, although are there many "false gays" who climb on the gravy train?
Its A Queer World is one of my favourite books by Mark Simpson.
There is something about the way he appears both beautifully innocent and devillishly astute about the weird world of 'heterosexual' culture.
From stag dos, to porno cinemas to package holidays to children's TV Simpson casts his ascerbic eyes on the end of the 20th century, and decides it's well gay.
But some of the writing is simply beautiful, sad, romantic even. It caught me by surprise, in the middle of this witty repartee, to find for example, the story of Simpson's journey to Tijuana in the search of army boys. I don't know what he was expecting to find in that dusty border country, and he came away disappointed.
It's A Queer World didn't disappoint me though, and I return to it often. It's a shame I can't pop back to the 20th century too. Simpson makes it sound brilliant!
'MARK SIMPSON CASTS A COOL EYE ON THE PARADOXES OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE 90S. THIS COLLECTION SHOWS HIM AS HIS SCATHING AND IRREPRESSIBLE BEST; A QUEER CRITIC WITH A FIERCE ANALYTIC INTELLIGENCE, A ZIPPY AND INCISIVE WAY WITH WORDS, AND AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SENSE OF ADVENTURE.'