Boganbefalinger: Moonlight og sorte, mandlige queer forfattere

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In patriarchal culture, all males learn a role that restricts and confines. When race and class enter the picture, along with patriarchy, then black males endure the worst impositions of gendered masculine patriarchal identity.” — Bell Hooks

I mandags så jeg Moonlight, og jeg tænker stadig på den. Den sætter sig i kroppen som en abstrakt melankoli, der nægter at gå væk.

Det er en absolut fantastisk film, som I alle sammen bør se. Jeg regner med den bliver røvet for alle sine oscars i aften, men måske lever vi i et retfærdigt univers, hvor den får den anerkendelse den fortjener. (UPDATE: MOONLIGHT VANDT BEST PICTURE! Og også Best Supporting Actor og Best Adapted Screenplay. God bless.)

I hvert fald fik den mig til at tænke over at sorte homoseksuelle mænd virkelig ikke er noget man ofte ser, og slet ikke i et så autentisk, ømt, og respektfuldt portræt som Moonlight. Det her citat rammer virkelig noget af det, Moonlight  formår at formidle med ekstremt yndefuld præcision (læs gerne hele artiklen):

The film lays bare the corrupting and contaminating terrain of masculinity — its toxicities, its brutalities, its unrelenting banality… The depth and texture of [Chiron’s] life was stolen by the insistence of homophobia and the mask of an almost suffocating masculinity.” — LaLi Mohamed

Ærlig talt: se den. Og så er her nogle sorte, mandlige queer forfattere vi alle bør læse.

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  • James Baldwin (på billedet) – Giovanni’s Room (1956)

Examining the mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.

Hvis I kun læser én forfatter og roman fra den her liste, så lad det være den her.

  • Randall Keenan – A Visitation of Spirits (1989)

Randall Kenan’s daring and innovative first novel weaves a vivid and horrific tale through the generations of a black Southern family.

  • Saeed Jones – Prelude to a Bruise (2014)

Mistake yourself for shadows.
Learn the lullabies of lint.

  • Abdellah Taïa – An Arab Melancholia (2008/2012)

Irresistibly charming, angry, and wry, this autobiographical novel traces the emergence of Abdellah Taia’s identity as an openly gay Arab man living between cultures.

  • James Earl Hardy – B-Boy Blues (1994)

Hardy’s debut novel about the lives of black gay men in New York City is unabashedly and unapologetically written for the African-American male. Rough, sexy, humorous, and authentic, B-Boy Blues is a first-rate love story.

  • Charles M. Blow – Fire Shut Up in My Bones (2014)

A powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South, and gives it an indelible new slant.

  • Melvin Dixon – Vanishing Rooms (1991)

In Vanishing Rooms, the author amply demonstrates his literary promise with a compelling love story of interracial sex and urban violence set in Manhattan’s West Village in the 1970s.

  • Ricky Laurentiis – Boy with Thorn (2015)

The personal and political crash into one language here, gothic as it is supple, meditating on visual art and myth, to desire, the practice of lynching and Hurricane Katrina. Always at its center, though, is the poet himself—confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.

  • Joseph F. Beam – In The Life: A Black Gay Anthology (1986)

29 black authors explore what it means to be doubly different both black and gay in modern America. These stories, verses, works of art and theater pieces voice the concerns and aspirations of an often silent minority.

 

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4 thoughts on “Boganbefalinger: Moonlight og sorte, mandlige queer forfattere

  1. Jeg har endnu ikke set Moonlight, men jeg har hørt meget godt om den. Hvis jeg skal være helt ærlig, så tror jeg, at den vinder en oscar – Information spår den i hvert fald til at vinde “bedste mandlige birolle”. Rigtig fin liste for resten. Den har jeg lagt i gemmerne til senere læseinspiration 🙂

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  2. Jeg har endnu ikke set Moonlight. Men så fortjent at den fik nogle Oscars, især ‘Best Picture’. Du har ret, der burde være meget mere fokus på sorte homoseksuelle i et autentisk lys. Fin liste, selv har jeg kun læst “Giovannys Room”” som varmt kan anbefales 🙂

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    1. Det synes jeg virkelig, der burde! Og taget i betragtning af, hvor svært det faktisk var at sætte den her liste sammen, så kan det kun gå for langsomt :O Ligemeget hvilken slags bøger om emnet det er, bare kom med dem!

      Åh, jeg har endnu ikke læst Giovanni’s Room, men den er øverst på min liste over bøger, der skal købes. Glæder mig så meget til den ❤

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