queer seattle book club

Welcome!       

The Queer Seattle Book Club meets at SASG on Capital Hill
every Wednesday, 6-7:15pm.

We read one book each month and discuss that book all month.
Some members come every Wednesday; some join us once or twice a month.

For busy people, four opportunities means not having to worry about missing out! And spreading the discussion over a month allows us to approach  topical questions in depth, for readers to dive back into the text and  explore thoughts different from their own.

OUR BOOK FOR AUGUST

Crazy for Vincent
Hervé Guibert

Okay, we’ve had our month of laughs with David Sedaris. CRAZY FOR VINCENT by Hervé Guibert is like a reality document, and it’s sobering stuff. Vincent and the author are both dead now, one from suicidal recklessness and the other from AIDS. The book is an examination of that experience almost all gay men know, erotic obsession, the spellbound state of fascination you go into with some guy who obsesses you physically. We grow out of these as we get smarter – or we don’t. My life has had a number of these powerful obsessions, often with straight guys who cross the line – where someone who doesn’t quite feel the same begins to share almost enough to satisfy your obsessive craving. It’s out of control stuff, but it’s

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an essential aspect of the gay sensibility and this book consists of excepts from Guibert’s diary after Vincent’s tragic death in the first sentence of the book.

Vincent is a teenage skateboarder who’s goofy from drugs and occasionally permissive and who, in the first sentence, high on pot and meth, leaps from a three-story building thinking to use his bathrobe as a parachute. Vincent is a very worldly 15 when Guibert meets him, and their connection lasts years and goes the complete spectrum of sex and drugs, until Guibert dies of AIDS at age 36. The diary clips are sometimes sex acts, sometimes situations, each one almost like a poem, snapshots of their very powerful bond. The lovely book is only 93 pages of big print, and it starts on page 23, so we’re talking majorly short. I suspect this book is going to trigger some very intense responses.

Nick

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List of previous books

Come join us any Wednesday, 6-7:15pm at

S
ASG
115 15th Ave. East Suite 201
Seattle 98112

SASG phone: (206) 322-2437

Feel free to just show up, whether you’ve finished the book or not.

For more information, contact Nick at
seattlegaybookclub@comcast.net.

Read the SGN interview with Nick about the club

Read all about SASG, our hosts

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Previous books

2009

Breakfast with Scot Michael Downing

Orange Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

I Am Not Myself These Days John Kilmer-Purcell

The City and the Pillar Gore Vidal

The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith

Fun Home Alison Bechdel

Queer William Burroughs

A Fairly Honourable Defeat Iris Murdoch

The Thief’s Journal Jean Genet

Wild Dogs Helen Humphreys

The Gifts of the Body Rebecca Brown

Death in Venice Thomas Mann

2010

The Immoralist Andre Gide

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood

The Pure and the Impure Colette

The Last of the Wine Mary Renault

Satyricon Petronius

Maurice E. M. Forster

Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman

Dog Years Mark Doty

Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg

Confessions of a Mask Yukio Mishima

Stuck Rubber Baby Howard Cruse

My Father and Myself J. R. Ackerley

2011

Hindoo Holiday J. R. Ackerley

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

Dry Augusten Burroughs

We Think the World of You J. R. Ackerley

Just Kids Patti Smith

The Counterfeiters Andre Gide

Union Atlantic Adam Haslett

Teleny and Camille Jon Macy, adapted from Oscar Wilde and His Circle

Moffie Andre Carl van der Merwe

The Ladies Doris Grumbach

2012

The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst

We the Animals Justin Torres

Jack Holmes and His Friend Edmund White

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson

Are You My Mother? Alison Bechdel

The Swimming-pool Library Alan Hollinghurst

Mars Vs. Maple School Nick DiMartino

Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind Christopher Isherwood

The Picture of Dorian Gray (uncensored) Oscar Wilde

Mr. Fortune’s Maggot Sylvia Townsend Warner

Changes: In A Little Gay Bar Nick DiMartino

2013

Becoming A Man Paul Monette

Borrowed Time Paul Monette

Heaven’s Coast Mark Doty

The Gallery John Horne Burns

Stories for Boys Gregory Martin

Money Boy Paul Yee

The End of San Francisco Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore &
Toast Nigel Slater

The Story of the Night Colm Toibin

The Dream of the Celt Mario Vargas Llosa

Rough Music Richard Gale

The Two Hotel Francforts David Leavitt

The Devil in Love Nick DiMartino

2014

Fairyland Alysia Abbott

Vainglory Ronald Firbank

Our Lady of the Flowers Jean Genet

Tell the Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt

The Normal Heart Larry Kramer

Firefly Noel Coward

Young Torless Robert Musil

The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy

Arctic Summer Damon Galgut

The Life to Come E.M. Forster

Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov

Sea Baby Scarlett Phelan

2015

The Golden Handcuffs  Nick DiMartino

Totempole  Sanford Friedman

The Days of Anna Madrigal Armistead Maupin

Bettyville George Hodgman

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers
Plotted Against the Plague
Joyce Brabner

On The Move Oliver Sacks

Tales of the City Armistead Maupin

The Boatman John Burbidge

Gaysia Benjamin Law

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House John Whittier Treat

The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith

Landscape with Traveller Barry Gifford

2016

The Professor’s Wife Nick DiMartino

These Things Happen Richard Kramer

Hide Matthew Griffin

The Blackwater Lightship Colm Toibin

Sergio Y.  Alexandre Vidal Porto

Dancer from the Dance  Andrew Holleran

Don’t Let Him Know  Sandip Roy

Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe  John Boswell

Guapa Saleem Haddad

While England Sleeps David Leavitt

Straight Nick DiMartino

2017

A Place Called Winter Patrick Gale

Insomniac City Bill Hayes

The End of Eddy Edouard Louis

Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris

Crazy for Vincent Hervé Guibert

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