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Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

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Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century. In doing so, Drag Race became not only a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Penguin
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    Taylor
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Queerness asks for, if not demands, a level of presentation higher than that of straight or cisgender folks, who don’t, after all, have to come out about their straightness or cisness. There’s no reveal, so there’s no need to present. Queer folks never stop coming out, which means the desire or need to present as queer always exists in our lives in ways big and small.

    This book is a thoughtful and extremely well-researched meditation on the queer experience through American history using the
    ...more
    Jamie
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    At the beginning of this, the authors say they expect you to read it with one hand always googling the folks they write about to get a deeper knowledge than they can give. Let me tell you: they are right. Much like a great oral history (I’m thinking of EDIE or MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM), Tom and Lorenzo’s book is catnip for people wanting an entry into a world they think they know, but have barely scratched the surface on. LEGENDARY CHILDREN is sneaky af in getting you to pick it up for the Drag ...more
    Alaina Cyr
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    [ARC review] This book is a wonderful read! It serves as an intro to gay (American) history framed through familiar and common aspects of RuPaul's Drag Race. The book is at it's best when using RPDR as a starting point to trace back and contextualize the show within the history of oscillating gay rights (or more often, lack thereof) and the plague, and the role drag and drag performers played in affecting change. The lesser parts are those when the authors uncritically idolize RuPaul. The ...more
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    Taylor
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Queerness asks for, if not demands, a level of presentation higher than that of straight or cisgender folks, who don’t, after all, have to come out about their straightness or cisness. There’s no reveal, so there’s no need to present. Queer folks never stop coming out, which means the desire or need to present as queer always exists in our lives in ways big and small.

    This book is a thoughtful and extremely well-researched meditation on the queer experience through American history using the
    ...more
    Jamie
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    At the beginning of this, the authors say they expect you to read it with one hand always googling the folks they write about to get a deeper knowledge than they can give. Let me tell you: they are right. Much like a great oral history (I’m thinking of EDIE or MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM), Tom and Lorenzo’s book is catnip for people wanting an entry into a world they think they know, but have barely scratched the surface on. LEGENDARY CHILDREN is sneaky af in getting you to pick it up for the Drag ...more
    Alaina Cyr
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    [ARC review] This book is a wonderful read! It serves as an intro to gay (American) history framed through familiar and common aspects of RuPaul's Drag Race. The book is at it's best when using RPDR as a starting point to trace back and contextualize the show within the history of oscillating gay rights (or more often, lack thereof) and the plague, and the role drag and drag performers played in affecting change. The lesser parts are those when the authors uncritically idolize RuPaul. The ...more
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