A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture

A Passion to Preserve Gay Men as Keepers of Culture From large cities to rural communities gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings revitalizing blighted neighborhoods saving artifac

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  • Title: A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture
  • Author: Will Fellows
  • ISBN: 9780299196844
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • From large cities to rural communities, gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, saving artifacts and documents of historical significance A Passion to Preserve explores this authentic and complex dimension of gay men s lives by profiling early and contemporary preserFrom large cities to rural communities, gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, saving artifacts and documents of historical significance A Passion to Preserve explores this authentic and complex dimension of gay men s lives by profiling early and contemporary preservationists from throughout the United States, highlighting contributions to the larger culture that gays are exceptionally inclined to make.

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    1. Many of the introductory essays were more interesting than the contributions. The best contribution was from Mark Doty, one of my favorite authors, but was just a reproduction of some of his previously published work. It was also the first contribution, leaving the rest dull in comparison. The book tries both too hard and very weakly to proclaim its focus on gay men, even those who "played both sides" and might have been more accurately described as bisexual and/or queer. Haven't we moved past H [...]

    2. Inspired by the gender-nonconforming roles of gay men that he interviewed in his prior work, "Farm Boys," Fellows explores the role of gay men (and their similarities to straight women) in the work of historic preservation. He provides theories for why gay men are drawn to preserving architecture and other cultural forms. While his conclusions are based on inference rather than direct scientific testing, this book is an important documentation of the role of gay men in our society. Whether his t [...]

    3. The strength of this book is the anecdotes from gay men who clearly love these places they have devoted themselves to, in many cases their homes. While I am reluctant to concede to any arguments of gendered traits and proclivities, in the vein of "girls and gay men love pretty things," Will Fellows does a fine job of presenting his case that there is something instinctual about the desire to preserve historic architecture. The stories themselves are lovely and compelling, and I enjoyed this book [...]

    4. Will Fellow's style is that of telling many anecdotes to illustrate his points, and he does this very well. This book makes the case that it is women and gay men who work to preserve historical buildings, documents, and artifacts that keep our culture safe. It's a beautiful book that brings to our attention something that most of us have never thought about and helps us to know a little better the gay individuals among us.

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