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Boys Like Her: Transfictions

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  469 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Boys Like Her is a provocative collection of fiction and images from Taste This, a queer performance group including Anna Camilleri, Ivan Coyote, Zoe Eakle and Lyndell Mongomery. Kate Bornstein provides an introduction.

Boys Like Her is a road movie of young queer life. Four distinct voices come together in a tag-team dialogue, interwoven with disturbingly beautiful photog
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 6th 2002 by Raincoast Books, Press Gang Publishers (first published 1998)
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Dec 03, 2009 Rae rated it really liked it
Another smart, hot book about the complex gorgeousness of queer embodiment and performance that makes me sigh and wish I'd invited even more creative messes around me when I was younger. Actually, what moves me most here is that this book was co-written by four strikingly individual voices - I realize that I've never really thought about a tribe writing a book together before. It made me think about the communities of voices I've been a part of, and gave me an opportunity to think about where my ...more
Nov 26, 2007 Karyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every queer kid ever.
Shelves: booksiown, queer
This book is fantastic, beautiful and oh so rare. I read this as a stolen copy from a public library, sold on the internet and bought by my good friend Shannon who is the number one world advocate for this book and it's powers to make everything make sense.

At first I felt like a poser, like I shouldn't be reading these stories on gender ambiguity, but as I read on, I realized that the point of this book is to show the reader that there is a little bit of all these gender representations in all
Jul 08, 2008 Jace rated it really liked it
Boys Like Her is a pretty awesome book. It was my first introduction to the world of butches and masculine minds in female bodies - and to Ivan Coyote's writing.
The stories, poetry and photography in the book are in general very good. The ones I treasured most were the glimpses into their lives and relationships, the stories where they talked about themselves and each other.
I'll just say earnest. and leave it that.
Dec 02, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing
These are my people.
Boys Like Her: Transfictions (1998) is, above all, a collection concerned with border crossings, both literal and figurative. In fact, what Boys Like Her really made me understand is that literal crossings are always figurative in some way and that, perhaps, figurative journeys can be understood in a unique way by thinking of them as literal. The event that Boys Like Her begins with and keeps coming back to is the literal Canada-U.S. border crossing that the troupe Taste This (comprised of Anna ...more
Cher Stanley
Apr 27, 2014 Cher Stanley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with festive hair
Awesome, awesome, awesome! I bought a copy and gave it the local Gay Youth group, but it should be available in every library. Loved Ivan Coyote and Lindell Montgomery's sections, but none of the writers/performers are second rate here. Photos are as thought provoking as the text. I only wish I had the opportunity to see Taste This live.
Aug 28, 2014 Elana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
I first read this book when it was originally published in 1998. I'm not one to reread books; once is usually enough. When I first read this, I absolutely loved it. And it got me thinking about gender and sexuality in ways I hadn't yet been able to verbalize.

I picked it up recently just to see what it would be like to read 15 years later. While it didn't blow open my world the way it did when I first read it, it did however remind what a quality book this is. To me, it speaks volumes that storie
Aug 17, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
This's a mixed bag. Well, no. My reaction to it is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it feels like a period piece, a little encapsulation of mid-90s queer politics and performance, so it's got this weird feeling of The Past to me (which is likely just my idiosyncrasies, but still colors my reaction).

All that aside, though? This book is the real deal. Hilarious, heart-rending, angering, inspirational, and above all: hot, which I mean in the best way possible. These writers and performers kn
Nov 28, 2011 Molly rated it liked it
2.5 I would have liked to have found this book not long after it came out. Instead, reading it was simply like being brought back to just after high school, when I was holding hands with my girlfriend underneath our coast at the movie theatre, reading Holly Hughes and taking women's studies classes and watching performance pieces in which fellow undergraduates gave long monologues in the nude. The design of the book was painful to my contemporary eyes, but it is set up like a zine, something you ...more
Bob Hartley
Feb 05, 2013 Bob Hartley rated it liked it
This might be because it was written 15 years ago, but I don't find any of these stories all that shocking. I can relate to wanting to be a girl and stuff but I think the stories would be more powerful if (the ones that do) they didn't outright say "this is about the time and I'm queer". Though I like that some of them are about acceptance. I can't be arsed reading about sex. My head's everywhere today.
Jun 16, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: genderqueer and transgender youth and their friends
A sweet, passionate, occasionally brilliant road trip through gender. If you've ever loved anyone who didn't fit within neatly defined categories, this book will make you fall in love just a little bit more. I might be too jaded for it now, but there was a time when I slept with this next to my head and close to my heart.
Feb 17, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
Recently became smitten with Ivan E. Coyote, one of the writers in this collection, but am not feeling the same love for this troop in its entirety. Unlike sweet Ivan's, their stories were repetitive and not so much from the heart, seeming more to want to shock and separate from their readers than connect.
Dec 01, 2010 Alison rated it it was amazing

Roommate let me borrow this title after she found me reading one of Ivans book. Didnt really want to give it back though its somewhat comforting to know its still in the house. Im sure the public library where I work had a copy until somebody stole it...

Im just saying
Aug 29, 2012 Red rated it it was amazing
oh, SWOON. this fucking book. it's porn, the whole thing - smart and subtle and fiery and tough and angry and sexy and gut-wrenching and awesome. it's even better if you know what the authors look like and you can picture them while you read it. yum.
Aug 28, 2008 kate rated it really liked it
this was one of my first adventures into gay lit, so my rating might be a bit skewed. to be honest, i don't really remember most of the stories, so perhaps this rating should just be ignored all together. or maybe i should re-read it.
Aug 20, 2013 jillbertini rated it really liked it
This book introduced me to the work of Ivan Coyote, and I've been hooked on her ever since. It's been a long time since I read it, so I can't speak specifically to the content, I just remember loving what I read when I did.
Sep 18, 2009 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
This book made me think of a quotation from Emma Donoghue: "...sentences swallowed and sung back and swallowed all over again. She was made entirely out of words."
Aug 11, 2009 Warren rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer-stories, bios
very sweet and earnest, almost too earnest for me to relate to but interesting for historical context. as in, slight go fish/spoken word flav.
Amy P.
Jun 12, 2009 Amy P. rated it liked it
A great book of short stories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other artistic forms that bend gender and sexuality.
Aug 25, 2007 Xander rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: queer cats and their ilk
Four amazing queers took their stage show and made it a book, essentially. Mostly short stories. Made me laugh and cry.
I think this was for the class that I had with Jean Noble, but I'm not 100% sure.
Cesre Lawrence
Jun 16, 2010 Cesre Lawrence rated it it was amazing
Really helpped me to understand a certain friend of mine better!
Aug 06, 2010 Lee rated it really liked it
if i remember was a long time ago...
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Photography, poetry, memoirs. very good.
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“We are carrying contraband words with us, memorized, tucked away in tattered journals and stored magically on disks in Anna's left pocket. Canadian words, queer words that we spoke on-stage for money in the land of the brave. With no valid permit, license, visa or contract to do so. Felons, really, all of us, and now we intended to flee the scene without paying income tax on the twelve dollars and fifty American cents we each made. It's just this kind of shameless law-breaking that gives all poets a bad name.” 12 likes
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