The Bali launch of Imagining Gay Paradise at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is now scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Oct. 4, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Appropriately, given the book’s partial focus on gay ways of creating a sense of belonging through fusing aesthetics and the body, the launch will be held at the gorgeous Taksu Spa in central Ubud. That’s just a few blocks away from the 1930s home of one of the major characters discussed in the book, artist Walter Spies. To read more about the launch or the festival, click here.
“Out in Thailand” has reviewed Imagining Gay Paradise, calling it “an impeccably documented academic study that also reads like a mystery thriller or almost like an exposé. The book is at the same time a historical study, a social-cultural commentary, analytical biography, and gay study.”
The reviewer keenly zeroes in on the central conflict that drives the book: the conflict between the imposition of the “triple supremacist” ideology of romantic heterosexual monogamy and the dissents of the “triple taboo” that emphasize non-heterosexual, fraternal loves among men. Click here to read the entire review.