Kristal Cooper's Reviews > A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
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Sep 28, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: first-reads
Read from September 12 to 28, 2012

Okay, so this Jewish boy is an alcoholic, drug abuser who also has PTSD from suppressing his desire to be a girl. After a botched suicide attempt, he joins the new church of Scientology where he climbs the ladder for twelve years and becomes a big success. Then he’s suddenly ex-communicated, so he decides to go ahead and become a woman, where he discovers that he’s not only a lesbian, but a super-masochist. All the while, he’s an actor, a playwright/author, and activist.

So, I read a lot of memoirs because I like to learn something completely different and people who feel the need to write a memoir usually have something special to share. Well, there certainly was plenty of material here that was new to me! The problem, I discovered, was that I wasn’t invested in Al/Kate AT ALL. I have no empathy for people with a drug/alcohol problem because I feel like it’s a stupid thing to get addicted to. I have even less of a care for people who get wrapped up in religion because that’s also bullshit. Everything the author did to make a living is my worst nightmare, personally. Also, he’s a full generation older than me, so there are a lot of basic things there that I just didn’t “get”.

I do have gay friends and I strongly support their issues because they’re very current and real – so this read wasn’t a total loss for me. I’ll try and find someone to pass this on to who’ll identify better and get more out of it.

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