Screenwriter and comic book artist Ariel Schrag discusses writing for different media, identity politics, and sympathizing with a straight male teen pretending to be trans in her new novel Adam....more
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When the vocabulary of adult queerness isn’t an effort to fix identity, it pushes toward acknowledging and validating ambiguity....more
Over at the New Yorker, Stephen Burt reviews Ariel Schrag’s Adam, a graphic novel about a straight man who finds himself in the midst of New York’s queer scene. Almost as interesting as the novel’s contents is its publicity: where trans characters were once cast as charity cases, psychopaths, anything but simply human, now Adam is being marketed as mainstream literary fiction:
…it tries not to lose readers unfamiliar with the complicated labels and the sometimes surprising bodies of the gender-variant people Adam meets: he’s learning about them, and from them, and (the novel assumes) so are we.
Saturday 3/15: Josef Kaplan and Ann Hirsch read poetry. Kaplan’s latest book, All Nightmare: Introductions 2011-2012 collects the prefatory remarks written while curating the Segue Series. Hirsch’s Twelve, censored as “crude and objectionable,” is a collection of instant messenger chat room scenes....more