A Queer Mixture

“When I teach writing I tell my students that the invisible, unwritten last line of every essay should be *and nothing was ever the same again.* By which I mean the reader should feel the ground shift, if even only a bit, when he or she comes to the end of the essay. Also there should be something at stake in the writing of it. Or, better yet, everything.”
— Cheryl Strayed
“A dream I dream alone is just a dream, a dream we dream together is reality.”
— Yoko Ono
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
— James Baldwin
“'In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.'”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance”
“A writer, like an athlete, must ‘train’ every day. What did I do today to keep in ‘form’?”
— Susan Sontag

In Provincetown one recent summer, we danced together at the A-House, one of the resort’s larger and more popular nightclubs. On weekends the place is always packed with wall-to-wall dancers, gay people from everywhere, it seems, who all end up in Provincetown for the same reason we do: queer ubiquity.

We find a spot on the dance floor and try to step into the rhythm of the dance that’s already at work. … Soon enough I find my step and begin to dance. I turn to look at Richard; he too has found his rhythm, and we are now dancing with hundreds of others. I draw him near me, bringing his sweaty body closer to mine. Here, on the dance floor, I experience the incredible intimacy of sustained touch, an erotics that so often seems permissible only on the dance floors of queer clubs. In these moments I feel very much in love with him and indebted to the queers who have come before us so that he and I can dance in this sweet embrace.

— David Roman, “Dance Liberation”
“Disco was the theme music of gay male sexuality in the late 1970s”
— Wayne Koestenbaum, The Queen’s Throat
“One must remember Sisyphus happy.”
— Albert Camus, on writing.