A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture


by: Fellows, Will
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description From large cities to rural communities, gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture: rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, saving artifacts and documents of historical significance. A Passion to Preserve explores this authentic and complex dimension of gay men’s lives by profiling early and contemporary preservationists from throughout the United States, highlighting contributions to the larger culture that gays are exceptionally inclined to make. Review ?Compelling . . . stories and first-person accounts from gay men across the country . . . provide a colorful picture of a landscape that has not really been painted until now.”? The Advocate ?A concept at once original and yet so obvious it is surprising that no one has attempted it before.”? Library Journal ?A rich and detailed examination of an important and heretofore neglected aspect of our urban heritage.”?Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class "Anyone who shares a love of the past will undoubtedly find this book inspirational and moving. Will Fellows has done an excellent job of...recounting the exploits of past 'bachelor uncles' and 'temperamental men' who saved buildings from the wrecking ball of progress and urban renewal."? Bay Window "Clearly Will Fellows has hit a nerve with many gay men, and many of them write about their collecting and preserving, from childhood on, often sacrificing friends, livelihoods, careers, and lovers to do so. As with his previous book, Farm Boys, Fellows presents the material in people's own voices as much as possible and the best of these essays (and there are many) are wonderfully readable capsule biographies and histories."?Darden A. Pyron, author of Liberace: An American Boy From the Back Cover "The main strength of the project is the actual oral histories recorded here by the editor. Fellows is a wonderful preservationist himself; the book's impressive range of contributors speaks to the care and skill he brings to his work."--David Román, professor of English and American Studies, University of Southern California About the Author Will Fellows is the author of Farm Boys, which was honored as a best book of 1996 by Esquire Magazine and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1997. He lives in Milwaukee. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. "I'm one of those people, like a lot of gays, who are drawn to history, art, aesthetics. I love to look at things, to study how they were made and why they are beautiful, and to restore things. My grandfather was a furniture doctor and had a little shop where I would work with him during summers and holidays. It was wonderful to listen to my grandfather as he worked over an old piece of furniture. As he rubbed it with a special kind of oil, he would say, 'This wood is coming alive again because I'm putting my energy into it.'"--excerpt from interview with Jack Richards from A Passion to Preserve


Product Code: 9780299196806
ISBN: 0299196801
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2004-05-15
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1
Dimension: 6.38 x 0.91 x 9.25 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.23 pounds