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The Young and Evil

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A milestone in the history of gay literature and of homosexuality itself, and praised unflinchingly by Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein, this stunning and experimental work, first published in 1933 by the Obelisk Press, Paris, is a non-judgemental depiction of gay life and men, told using characters modeled on the authors lives themselves. With the added interracial connota ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by The Olympia Press (first published January 1st 1933)
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mark monday
one of the first queer books ever published, and still one of the most edgy in its writing style and its protagonists' disinterest in being a part of mainstream society's rituals. the prose is super challenging and also super fun. the narrative is haphazard - a great reflection of the characters' lives.

hooray, young and evil, you go! that scene on the bus as the young & evil observe and offend the staid & outraged is brilliant. haha, stupid mainstream.

I was reminded of my own la-di-da 20
Aug 26, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as I am concerned, to fail to be queer is to fail to be fully human. Queerness is essential in our heteronormative world – to engage with, subvert, fuck with gender norms regardless of one’s sexual preferences is the righteous duty of all loving and properly sentient citizens.

Queer texts (and oh my darlings, this lovely book is so very very queer) get to do things straight texts can’t. Finnegans Wake is a wonderfully queer book, perhaps the queerest every printed, and there is a certain
Feb 01, 2014 Alvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a great story in here about bohemian gayboys in early 1930s Manhattan, but it's been rendered nearly unreadable by an annoyingly experimentalist prose style: no punctuation and sentences that range from understandable to ambiguous to utterly mystifying. For all that, it gets two stars rather than one because there are some fascinating scenes (drag ball in Harlem, anyone?) and a few poetic turns of phrase that verge on sheer genius.
Tristan Goding
The book is most definitely dated, but I think that Ford was onto something. There is a kind of novelty in the idea and the scope of this book. I did enjoy how it confronted the behavior exhibited by this band of hedonistic outsiders who garner control over their environments despite being outcasts. The style of the book, though, is wicked campy. The prose is clever, but more often than not it's completely outrageous. Definitely deserving of a read, but it's probably best to take much of it with ...more
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Charles Henri Ford was an American poet, novelist, filmmaker, photographer, and collage artist best known for his editorship of the Surrealist magazine View (1940-1947) in New York City, and as the partner of the artist Pavel Tchelitchew. His very informative obituary of record is here.

"The simplest summation of Mr. Ford's life and work may be that he did exactly what he wanted, and seemingly knew
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