Drag King Dreams

Drag King Dreams From award winning and best selling author Leslie Feinberg comes Drag King Dreams the story of Max Rabinowitz a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings dykes dressed as m

  • Title: Drag King Dreams
  • Author: Leslie Feinberg
  • ISBN: 9780786717637
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • From award winning and best selling author, Leslie Feinberg, comes Drag King Dreams, the story of Max Rabinowitz, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings, dykes dressed as men, perform.A veteran of the women s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max s mid life crisis hits in the midst of the post 9 11 world Max is lonely and uncertain about hFrom award winning and best selling author, Leslie Feinberg, comes Drag King Dreams, the story of Max Rabinowitz, a butch lesbian bartender at an East Village club where drag kings, dykes dressed as men, perform.A veteran of the women s and gay movement of the past 30 years, Max s mid life crisis hits in the midst of the post 9 11 world Max is lonely and uncertain about her future fearful, in fact, of America s future with its War on Terror and War in Iraq with only a core group of friends to turn to for reassurance Max is shaken from her crisis, however, by the news that her friend Vickie, a transvestite, has been found murdered on her way home late one night As the community of cross dressers, drag queens, lesbian and gay men, and genderqueers of all kinds stand up together in the face of this tragedy, Max taps into the activist spirit she thought had long disappeared and for the first time in years discovers hope for her future.

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    1. This little feller made me throw up all over the place, over and over and over. I think I hate Feinberg as a fiction writer. Which is fine- ze still does lots of really good work as a historian, organizer and union activist- I just feel like the characters were kind of flat, the idea that different oppressions are connected was SO overstated, video game narratives make me explode, instant messenger conversation transcriptions make me want to die, and you do NOT ask a transwoman what her "real na [...]

    2. After reading Stone Butch Blues, I expected so much from this book. I had seen Feinberg speak and I loved what I heard; however, after doing so many inspirational talks, Feinberg seems to have lost the literary spark that made Stone Butch Blues so incredible. I found Drag King Dreams to be an incredibly obvious book. Lessons intended to shock and educate fell flat and failed to enhance the story. Many details were not well researched (ie: a Deaf drag king performing with an amazing multimedia di [...]

    3. For all its gender revisionism and its message of blurring the borders, this book suffers from a failure to rethink all categories - it is very avantgarde in the queer sphere, but when it comes to politics, it's very much in the states-nations-communism-vs-capitalism -mindset. For example, read in one sitting, it felt more than a little bit obvious that one of its central messages is: as groups, even the weak and repressed have power - oh and trade unions are totally a necessity (a message I do [...]

    4. I eagerly anticipated this book for years, since Stone Butch Blues is one of my all-time favorites in terms of characterization and narrative voice. However, I could not even finish this book. It was very disappointing. The writing is forced and didactic. Although I can appreciate Feinberg's attempt to write about activist Queer communities and issues of social justice--communities I am a part of-- I was unable to relate to the characters at all. They did not seem like complex, emotional "people [...]

    5. I honestly don't understand why this has so many negative reviews. I loved it! It reminded me so much of my life living in the queer neighbourhood in Seattle post 9/11 and why we left America. Like Stone butch blues there were parts that made me cry and parts that made me smile. The main character wasn't perfect but I could identify with hir struggles. I liked the way people were able to reach beyond their own communities to start helping each other. The message of this book was that the oppress [...]

    6. This book was so inspiring and heartbreaking. The story lines are complex but easy to follow. I had such compassion for the characters and was inspired by their tenacity. I think the most profound point this book made (for me) was the creation of one's own family in the queer community. So many GLBTQ people are isolated and cast out of their biological families, that they must create their own. Often the bonds of this chosen family are stronger than biological bonds. This is definitely the case [...]

    7. It's in a very similar style as Stone Butch Blues and it reminds us that the fight isn't over. The gender war is still raging, discrimination against varied gender expressions is still rampant. It is starkly written but strangely still emotionally provocative! LOVED it!

    8. Maybe it's just because it's set my beloved Jersey Cityor because I love Leslie Feinberg like crazybut I LOVED this book. I read it twice within the first week I had it, and that is kind of rare for me. Love it.

    9. Drag King dreams unfolds mainly through learning about relationships between people. What could have been the shocking plot twist comes right at the beginning of the book. The following story is about the effect of a friend's death on a community who all think 'that could have been me'. Though their grief, the characters are kind, personable and resilient.

    10. Gotta write a quick review while it's still fresh in my mind and before I have to get this back to the library. So. Like many other people, I have to give this a critical review. First - I read this because of the information it provides (I'm really into LGBT* culture and history currently) and in this, the book didn't fail at all. It even gave me more - NY life, early 2000s history (that was really cool) and also jewishness hadn't expected that last one at all, nice surprise. Then also, I didn' [...]

    11. Complete trash. This book has some of the worst prose I've seen outside of the freshman composition class I taught at NAU. Also consider that the characters are so poorly developed that they can't even be stereotypes due to inconsistency. To make matters worse, Feinberg focuses on technology as one of hir turning points in the story, but ze clearly has no idea what she's talking about.(view spoiler)[Technology is neither an enemy nor a friend to queer liberation in Drag King Dreams. The avatars [...]

    12. "Stone Butch Blues" is a favorite, and I have immense respect and admiration for Feinberg. HOWEVER: This book was alarmingly bad. The story never evolved into something compelling, though I hoped and expected it to. As a reader I learned very little about the main character, who came off as embittered, angry at the world and expecting a fight with every individual she came into contact with. Granted, I have never tried to pass/live as male and deal with the discrimination that may follow. Howeve [...]

    13. i had no idea what this novel was about and was a bit blindsided by the heavy content. cw: transfeminine character death within the first few pages, post-9/11 state terrorism against brown folks.drag king dreams feels like it's supposed to be a sort of surreal dystopian reality check, but it falls a little off, both because the narrative is not very solid (there are loose threads never tied up), and because the technology is described in speedy-zoomy-super-futuristic ways but at this point is he [...]

    14. Good points, but very disappointed sequel to Stone Butch Blues. Max Rabinowitz is challenged living in Jersey City in the post 9/11 atmosphere. The chains of thought between ethnicity, gender and race in this time period, with an edge of communist intentions, really comes off strongly in very unconnected ways. There is no real glue that holds these pieces together, and unforutnately, the text suffers. Feinberg seems to tried too hard to bring about a similar narrative as in Stone Butch Blues, bu [...]

    15. I liked this book overall. The story was a bit disjointed and there were some proofing errors, so it didn't feel all that polished. Some parts were confusing, and not in a good way - for example, I spent half the book thinking Max & Ruby were a couple. I wanted more clarity on Max's gender identity - it seems so strange that a regular old butch lesbian in NYC in 2006 would get that many stares and jeers, not to mention the frequently mentioned bathroom issues, so I kept thinking Max was tran [...]

    16. I feel the need to rate and reflect on this book because of the lack of love currently there. I think so many people fell in love with Stone Butch Blues that the only thing that would have made them happy is if Drag King Dreams was a continuation of that story, and its not. So you need to look at this as not a continuation but for what it is. I do love SBB more, but DKD has some amazing aspects few books have ever tried for. Reading it just for the gender aspect is so much fun. Try to box Max or [...]

    17. Snoopy gave this book to me to read. I think I honestly couldn't put it down. I literally cried at some points in the book, mainly for connection. It made me feel connected with my Jewish heritage through my mother's side and through my history of activism, which I've realised has been sorely missing. I felt my eyes open in a similar way to the main character. I cried at the ending, because it was just so beautiful to me.I really grew to love the characters. It felt just right that it was a "day [...]

    18. I went into this book with the best of intentions but left feeling disappointed. Feinberg's first novel, Stone Butch Blues, was amazing and as much as I tried not to compare the two, of course I did. Drag King Dreams, sadly, fell far short. Apart from a handful of poignant scenes, it lacked the raw emotional impact of SBB. I also felt slightly out of the loop with the terminology and historical references. Clearly, with a title like Drag King Dreams, Feinberg is appealing to a particular audienc [...]

    19. Queers and transfolks, New York, Yiddishkayt--how could it go wrong? It did. Massively. It's really bad. I mean really bad. Within thirty pages I was reminded of an old piece of writing that I stopped after almost 50 pages because it was so bad I didn't feel it was worth continuing; I stopped because the plot was so bad and the subject matter was being handled terribly, and I was reminded of it because Feinberg's covering much of the same subject matter and even has some similar major plot point [...]

    20. I can't believe I'm giving a Feinberg book two stars, yet here I am. I originally planned to give it three, but since two on this site means "It was OK," that's what I'm sticking with.The book's plot seemed a bad match to me as far as morals and lessons go; too obvious and fundamental for those of us who have been there, not obvious enough for those of us who have not.I simply wanted more character development, more feeling. I hate to say that there were several parts that left me bored. I kept [...]

    21. I really liked a lot of the vocabulary regarding the LGBT community that I wasn't aware of at the onset of reading this book. However it would have been nice to have some sort of reference in the back as i had to keep looking it up on the internet. That being said I just didn't understand the storyline. it feels more like chunk of someones life and not based around a plot.I also wasn't a fan of the characters. There was no one to like because i didn't get to know them well enough. I couldn't pic [...]

    22. This book takes place in the highly politically charged time directly after 9-11 in New York City. I recommend this book for people who are directly personally involved in the gender queer community. I think it is important for this type of book to exist: the main character is a baby boomer-aged self-identified gender queer lesbian. This said, I found the book itself: the dialogue, the storyline, the plot, the characters, highly didactic and one dimensional, and some of the metaphors made me cri [...]

    23. Max Rabinowitz is a bartender at an East Village nightclub. A long time ago, ze was part of a large activist community. Ze was a huge part of the womens movement as well as the gay movement. But now, Max's friends are pushing for a new revolution - and ze realizes that somewhere inside, the activist spirit never died.I enjoyed this book because it's an interesting commentary on sex and gender, as well as the ties within the LGBT community. It also comments on the 9/11 turmoil that the city faced [...]

    24. This book is in no way Stone Butch Blues. I know it really couldn't be, but I wanted it to be. In that it was a disappointment. I had a hard time becoming attached to the main character because s/he was so much of a solitary person that it was hard for me to feel like I understood him. It is a fascinating look at a totally different life experience than mine and has interesting politics in it. I learned from it and don't regret reading it, but am not sure what to tell people about it. I think I [...]

    25. If you've heard Leslie Feinberg speak you know she hits hard the connections between people and struggles and has worked her whole life to foster these connections in order to create a society where everyone is respected, equal, and taken care of. What stirs souls in a speech may not always translate into fiction, however, and the first third of this novel is clunky, forced, and uninspired. Once we hit the funeral, however, the larger themes as mentioned above come through the characters and the [...]

    26. Definitely not Feinberg's best; it's not even good. The plot was choppy and contained lots of passages that didn't lead anywhere. The language seemed to straddle a weird line between preaching to the converted and treating the readers like stupid babies. And the italicizing of every gender-neutral pronoun? Super annoying - anyone would understand that they aren't typos after the first 17 times. I had trouble understanding just who the audience is supposed to be for this - maybe Feinberg did too. [...]

    27. I wanted to read this book, because I have read every other published book by Leslie FeinbergI liked this book because its characters are queer, working class/poor, and political. I didn't like this book so much because a lot of the writing seemed forced. The writing didn't flow and I never lost my awareness that I was reading a book.It's not the worst fiction I've ever read, but it's far from the best. Maybe Feinberg should stick with writing essays and other non-fiction.

    28. This is one of those books that's more important than it is good. Books like this need to exist, but it has a few flaws. It's formulaic, the prose is naïve, and it's more than a little obvious in its message. Full marks for being good for the community, but it's hard to say that it's good. It's not bad.

    29. Another life altering story from Leslie.I relate to so many of the lines of thought presented in this book and the inner turmoil about identity politics. What really stands out to me are the little chants/poems about gender. I have saved them because they just so frankly say what I have always felt.

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