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The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In a joyous and perverse intermingling of fable, myth, heterotopian vision, and pocket wisdom, The Faggots and Their Friends tell us stories of the 70s gay countercultures and offer us strategies and wisdom for our own time living Between Revolutions.

From the new introduction:
These pages sketch a different shape to time and offer instructions for living within it. This
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Paperback, 113 pages
Published April 2016 (first published 1977)
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Megan
A pre-AIDS fable of queer solidarity and anti-patriarchal, anti-capitalist communal praxis, dyke and trans inclusive, ft a cast of characters named Heavenly Blue, Loose Tomato, and the like. Whimsical, charming, dead serious. A gift.
Aonarán
I read this last summer and regret not collecting/ sharing my thoughts sooner when they were fresher....

What a gem that's been polished and brought back to us! The reprinting of this is one of the strongest and best characteristics of small, radical presses: unearthing, reproducing, and distributing incredible, forgotten texts.

Something that really struck me while reading The Faggots was the use of identity, specifically idealized identity. At best, it can be a casual, playful, energizing idea
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Rebecca
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly the sweetest gay fantasy book written during the magical post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS epoch. It's a series of poems/stories about fairy men living in a community, spending time together, wearing spangles, and mocking straight society.
Jefe Carroll
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read. It is sad that so many of us younger queers lost these nuggets to AIDS and heterosexual assimilation tactics.
Jake Krakovsky
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is both a beautiful artifact and a living, breathing blessing. Yes!!
Hanan Buhadana
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Hilarious, brilliant and touching.
M.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this inviting little faggot time capsule made me yet again contemplate and appreciate the power of unabashed fantasy a word I choose over the utopia/dystopia binary. It's a slender volume comprised of connecting vignettes, each only a page or three long. The perspective is outside/adjacent to violent/oblivious straight society. All sorts of fags and trans people make an appearance, and there is not a mention that I can recall of sickness, plague, or AIDS. It really makes me wonder how ...more
Erik
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
A book that seems to reignite a new generation of queer readers with every reprint, Larry Mitchell's unmistakably significant book "The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions" is the queer beginnings story that all queer people need.

A fantastical tale that tells the origin stories of queer people and projects a utopian ideal for how we can fight back against heteropatriarchy, this book truly is a book for our times. I find that the political time in which we are currently living often
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Zusu
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow what a treasure, a biting fairytale of revolution, really touched me!
Hannah
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely gorgeous utopia of faggotry and revolutions!
David Macpherson
A very strange, almost successful artifact from a lost time. This is the tale of homosexuals in the time before and after stonewall as told as creation myth or fables. It doesn't always work. It is fascinating and then boring as hell. It was written in 1977, a time before they even knew what the next revolution would be. I am glad to have discovered it. I listened to an unabridged reading of it on youtube and though it was not a chore to get through, it still took a lot longer than a short book ...more
Jane Werntz
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
many parts of this book were so sweet and dreamy and felt like little glimpses into a world of queer solidarity. race is mentioned maybe twice in the whole book which is the main glaring issue. also for a book written in the 70s their understanding of gender is pretty radical but less so now in my opinion
its easy to read and broken up into chunks so its good when you need a glimmer of optimism but definitely could be updated and improved if it was written today
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Parel
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
I loved everything about this story. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is written like a fable, a fairy tale or maybe even a bible for gay people. I've never read anything like it. I think this might be the most beautiful book I'll read all year.
Nicholas
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I randomly came across this book in NYC at Bluestockings, an LGBTQ bookstore. I didnt plan on buying it. I wanted an iced coffee but the credit card minimum was $10 and so I grabbed the first book that grabbed my attention. FAGGOTS! The Faggots and their Friends Between Revolutions screamed to me.

When I got my coffee I sat down started reading. At first I didnt know what this wasit was fantastical, satirical, poetic, political, mythological, narrative but not, artistic with drawings, was it a
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Sarah Cavar
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, favorites
A gender/sexual anarchist manifesto that made my heart swell with solidarity. This is a work that reveals some unspeakable truths about queerness, queer freedom and joy it understands that it is only possible to do so if we leave realism behind. Mitchell packs into just over one hundred brief pages a resounding critique of cisheterosexuality, war, patriarchy, the state, and medico-psychiatry, in a way that feels not prescriptive but self-evident. Despite the frequently-painful events and ...more
Karie Schulenburg
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist
"The strong women told the faggots that there are two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win."

This book celebrates love, romance, and gentleness in all its varieties. Plus there are illustrations. Very beautiful.
Sam Shuman
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need queer mythologies more than ever...
Larry-bob Roberts
Seminal work of non-mainstream queer consciousness. Introduced to me by Radical Faeries around the time of my first attendance at a gathering in 1988. Sadly it's very out of print and rare now.
Derek Siegel
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an emotional read for me - one made even sweeter by reading the introduction, written by Morgan Bassichis. In the intro, Bassichis puts this story into context - sharing autobiographical details of the author and his communities, as well as pulling key quotes from the book and explaining their theoretical and political relevance. This book is beautifully sex-positive, lovingly anti-capitalist, and full of solidarity between women and various queer communities. Plus the images are great!
Mark
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous, insightful little book about the lives we find ourselves living as queer people and the lives we could live. It reminds me of the fables of Hesse - rather than looking at the harsh realities of queer life, Mitchell describes everything in the language of fairy tales.

Above all, Mitchell challenges us to live our authentic lives as revolutionaries...its easy to forget that being queer does make us revolutionaries. Its up to us to choose what that revolution is.
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Jillian Rorrer
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gay hippie adult children's story for anyone feeling lost in a sea of angry men these days. A good reminder that this moment in history is not the first time people have felt lost without their fairy friends to fight alongside them. Also really appreciated how valued and included women (and women who love women, as the book says) are throughout--not always my experience in reading queer literature written by a man.
Brandon
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-fiction
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George Neville-Neil
A great book to read in 2019 and as radical as it was in 1977 because although some things have changed for gay and lesbian folk, the revolutions related here have not, as yet, come to pass. Nice to be reminded of those revolutionary ideas and to hear the voices that have not been heard in so long.
Jasper
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbt
This book was absolutely beautiful as were the illustrations inside it. I love the camaraderie between the faggots and the women who love women and the way they all play with notions of gender as well as sexuality. I love the spot-on descriptions of the men and their thirst for destruction and power. No words can do this book justice. Its truly something special. ...more
Andy
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I Love This Book!!! Reads as a kind of queer fable written in vingettes. The world building is simple and understated but beautiful and the characters, although never featured for more than a few pages, are interesting and multifaceted. A really good and quick read.
Jake Powell
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whimsical, radical, and delightfully queer. Just fantastical enough that it felt somewhat detached from grounding pragmatism, but still so thoroughly tied to real queer worlds that it felt possible. Reading this book brought me absolute joy and I cant wait to read it again soon. ...more
Ethan Michael
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun if slight, faerie tale meets manifesto. Long live faggots.
Lucy
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A really moving, charming, heartbreakingly pre-plague utopian fairytale about 70s gay liberation. Toes the line between manifesto and fantasy novel like nothing I've ever read before.
Dave
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a treasure and a queer fairytale.
Natalie Frazier
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible.
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Larry Mitchell (1939 December 26, 2012) was an American author and publisher. He was the founder of Calamus Books - an early small press devoted to gay male literature - and the author of fiction dealing with the gay male experience in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s.

With Terry Helbing and Felice Picano, he cofounded Gay Presses of New York in 1981. His book of short stories My Life As a
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“Some of the faggots are trashy. In fact, with the inspiration of the outcast women, the faggots developed "trashy" into a high form of disruptive behavior. When the men talk about the freedom of work and dirtiness of sex, the trashiest faggots move fast to the nearest public place where danger from the men is always present and proceed to spend endless amounts of time having sexual glorious pleasure. The men will do anything as long as they don’t enjoy it or talk about it. The trashiest faggots love who they do and talk of it often.” 1 likes
“The faggots remind us that to become undone is our greatest gift to ourselves. It is truly our greatest path to being response-able - to feel our feelings authentically makes us able to respond to the conditions around us with an open heart” 1 likes
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