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Boys Like Her: Transfictions

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  516 Ratings  ·  28 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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Oct 31, 2007 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 13, 2012 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
Jul 08, 2008 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.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These are my people.
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap
4.5 stars.

I’m definitely too young to remember this era of queer lit and culture, but I loved the style of this anthology: it’s full of explorations and take-downs of gender concepts, both straightforward and ambiguous, prosaic and poetic. I will be honest and say that Ivan is my favourite writer (and pretty much my favourite living writer in general) but none of the other three let down the standard at all – though they might seem to be coming from alike perspectives on the surface, in practice
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
Aug 14, 2011 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
Jun 21, 2011 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
I enjoyed this a lot BUT had gaps of time where I just wasn't motivated to read it. I loved Anna Camilleri's stuff, and I really like the way Ivan Coyote writes (although I get the impression we would not at all get on irl). I'm kind of over AFAB-only queer trans stuff though, so I guess that accounts for me not feeling totally into it. I also think I probably would have preferred it as performance. Still, will prob read again, there was some really pertinent, poignant and hot stuff in it, and i ...more
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Taste This is a queer performance group including Anna Camilleri, Ivan Coyote, Zoe Eakle, and Lyndell Mongomery.
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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.” 14 likes
“She's the stuff that lava is made of, not rain.” 4 likes
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