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By Michael Moon

In A Small Boy and Others, Michael Moon makes an important contributon to our knowing of the dynamics of sexuality and id in glossy American tradition. He explores a wide range of literary, inventive, and theatrical performances starting from the memoirs of Henry James and the dances of Vaslav Nijinsky to the Pop work of Andy Warhol and such movies as Midnight Cowboy, Blue Velvet, and Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures.

Moon illuminates the careers of James, Warhol, and others through reading the imaginitive investments in their protogay childhoods of their paintings in ways in which allow new, extra advanced cultural readings. He deftly engages notions of initiation and hope no longer in the conventional framework of “sexual orientation” yet throughout the disorienting results of imitation. even if invoking the artist Joseph Cornell’s early fascination with the good Houdini or turning his recognition to James’s self-described “initiation into variety” on the age of twelve—when he first encountered the homoerotic imagery in work by means of David, Géricault, and Girodet—Moon finds how the works of those artists emerge from an engagement that's obsessive to the purpose of “queerness.”

Rich in old aspect and insistent in its melding of the new with the distant, the literary with the visible, the preferred with the elite, A Small Boy and Others provides a hitherto unimagined culture of courageous and outrageous queer invention. This long-awaited contribution from Moon might be welcomed by way of all these engaged in literary, cultural, and queer studies.

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