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Queer and Loathing: Rants and Raves of a Raging AIDS Clone

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"The ultimate gadlfly of the epidemic . . . here's one book that truly deserves a place in a time capsule."--Armistead Maupin

This is as close to the truth as I can get, writes David Feinberg in what he calls his personal Portrait of the Artist as a Young Diseased Jew Fag Pariah. Queer and Loathing is a collection of autobiographical essays, gonzo journalism, and demented F
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Penguin Books (first published 1994)
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A collection of essays written in the early 90s by Feinberg, a young gay man with AIDS. A math geek and computer programmer, Feinberg spends his free time going to friends' funerals, trying to prevent and treat his snow-balling health problems, and doing huge amounts of activism. He's very funny, but he's also clearly very angry, and rightfully so. Not a single anecdote passes without needing footnotes--nearly every person he mentions is dead by the time each essay was published.

Feinberg died i
I have had this book for ages, since college, probably, though I don't remember at all how I acquired it. I do know it has sat on my shelves for many a year. I'm sure I felt there was no urgency to read another AIDS book after I've read Paul Monette and And the Band Played On. And once I'd gotten to this point, well, why now? Now that the crisis has passed its hottest point of urgency. Not that an unreasonable number of people aren't still being infected, not that prevention still remains shroud ...more
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was about the saddest book I've ever read. His humor is sharp and biting but he tells the realities of AIDS symptoms, and what makes the lot of it unbearable is looking up his dates of birth and death, and realizing that he never met his goal of living to 40 years. ...more
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Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
At times I feel my body has been transformed into a factory of infection, a vessel of virus. The wheels and cogs are constantly turning, manufacturing more toxins and poisons. My body is merely the host.
David B. Feinberg, "Bleeding Gums from Hell", 96.

The final wishes of an atheist are ultimately meaningless. I mean, I would like to be cremated after any salvageable organs have been donated to right-wing Republicans and religious fundamentalists because I'm really not bitter after all). But ulti
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book captured the tragedy of being gay in the 80s and 90s, and trying to get the government to do something while your friends, lovers, doctors, coworkers, and acquaintances die. David B.’s dark sense of humor made this topic palatable, but i still cried a lot. For anyone who enjoyed this book (and wants to cry more), i suggest checking out the blog of his very best friend in the whole world, John Weir. He has an essay about the days leading up to David’s death.
June Amelia Rose
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about the AIDS Crisis I've ever read. Feinberg is relentlessly humorous, absolutely floundering and bitter in the hopelessness of his situation. He died three weeks before the book was published. ...more
Jaykumar B
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"A lot of people say they've lived their lives with no regrets. They're lying."

Did I take my sweet time reading these essays, which with their dazzling wit and incomparable humor made the grim subject palatable... Feinberg manages to mingle grief, anger, fear and his towering fury with a spoon of full of his unique blend of sarcasm and neurosis... Having read his debut novel, Eighty-Sixed, I could appreciate this unbelievable fusion and also probably get an idea of this man who desperately wante
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Can I call this collection of essays 'delightful?' Well, I must. It is funny and brave and thoughtful. One of a handful of works on the AIDS crisis that I hope stands the test of time. Feinberg doesn't fuck around with his feelings. And why should he? Why should any of us? History repeats itself and I think we'd all be wise to remember one of the atrocities that too many of us think is "behind us." ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you ever wondered what it was like to be a part of the NYC queer community in the middle of the AIDS crisis, then read this book. This book is humorous but filled with sad realities of a world where an entire community is ravaged daily by death and despair.
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David Feinberg was a novelist, essayist, and AIDS activist who also worked as a programmer and a linguist.

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