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A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture
     

A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture

by Will Fellows
 

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Fellows turns his focus to a theme that emerged from the process of writing his first book, Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest—the involvement of gay men in historic preservation. Combining information about deceased and living preservationists of buildings, objects, family and community histories, the text recognizes some of the

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Fellows turns his focus to a theme that emerged from the process of writing his first book, Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest—the involvement of gay men in historic preservation. Combining information about deceased and living preservationists of buildings, objects, family and community histories, the text recognizes some of the distinctive dimensions of gay male lives beyond sexual orientation. Using interview transcripts and autobiographical writings, Fellows shaped personal narratives of some 30 individuals from throughout the U.S., which are grouped by geographical region to reflect the unique cultural and historical backgrounds in which the individuals have engaged in preservative enterprises. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299196806
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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.

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