Fire Island / Follies is a fictional memory piece consisting of 5 photographs and 43 text segments written and edited in transit on my iPhone’s Notes application. Screencapped, cropped, and assembled into tiny spiral-bound collectibles.
What happens when Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s “Follies” refuses to leave the ears and experience of a man alone in a house full of vacationing women?
Fire Island / Follies is inspired by the ocean, communal living, and
the complexity of queer communities.
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He was with me since my first day, the first hour even, of my life in New York City. I arrived with my parents in their car, and my then-roommates immediately brought him down to the street to greet me. He clawed his way up my sweater — he was only 10 weeks old at the time.
Today he was 16 years old. He’d become totally connected to me over the years, and in the last six months of his slow but steady decline it was impossible for him to be in the same room with me and not be in constant physical contact. Yesterday as I showered, he flopped himself into the water because he could not bear to be as far away as just outside the glass.
He was a loving, adoring, terribly impossibly wonderful perfect little creature that I will never ever get over losing. He gave me more happiness than any one person deserves to feel and now I do not know who I am without him.
People often ask me “Could you recommend a good book?” This is a difficult question to answer, in a way, because there are thousands of good books and whether or not you find a book “good” really depends on what’s happening in your life at the moment the book finds you. I say it that way on purpose. The best books are the ones that choose you. So, I’ve made some reading lists based on various themes. Say you like books about “Spirit Animals” or maybe you like “Bleak Arid Centers” or “New York Shitty.” Find a theme that interests you, trot off to your favorite independent bookstore, snatch up all the books, make a pot of tea, and settle in.
- Love Invents Us, by Amy Bloom
- Look at Me, by Jennifer Egan
- Exposure, by Kathryn Harrison
- Orpheus Lost, by Janette Turner Hospital
- Why Did I Ever, by Mary Robison
- Empathy, by Sarah Schulman
- No Lease on Life, by Lynne Tillman