Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show

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"Breedlove has talent coming out of her ears.—Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle

"Uninhibited humor lends tender insight and perspective to a gender politics debate that often takes place in a fiercely contentious atmosphere.—Billy Tania, The San Francisco Bay Times

"...Offers hilarious, gender-bending comedy that will spread much mirth among your LGBT friends.Tucson Weekly

Through the unusual vehicle ...

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Overview

"Breedlove has talent coming out of her ears.—Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle

"Uninhibited humor lends tender insight and perspective to a gender politics debate that often takes place in a fiercely contentious atmosphere.—Billy Tania, The San Francisco Bay Times

"...Offers hilarious, gender-bending comedy that will spread much mirth among your LGBT friends.Tucson Weekly

Through the unusual vehicle of gender-bending comedy, Lynn Breedlove asks his audience, "Who truly owns and defines the body: self, family, or community? Based on his critically acclaimed comedy performances, this laugh-out-loud collection of outrageous writing celebrates a lifelong defiance of categorization.

With universal appeal, aimed at "Everyone who wants to be able to laugh at their preconceptions about themselves and others, the distinctive humor in Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show delightfully enlightens while challenging societal norms about love, identity, and community.

"Am I a man or a woman? What are you askin' me for . . . Do I look like I know?

Lambda Literary Award finalist Lynn Breedlove is known as lyricist and front thang for the queer punk band Tribe 8, and he is the author of the speed-driven bike messenger novel Godspeed. He has toured throughout the United States and Europe as a musician and comic performer. Winner of a Heritage Award for Creativity, Breedlove currently resides in San Francisco.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933149325
  • Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Breedlove is known as lyricist and front thang for the queer punk band Tribe 8, author of the speed-driven bike messenger novel Godspeed. He has toured as a comic performer in several languages with his One Freak Show. He lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

In the Beginning 9

One Freak Show

Community, What Does That Word Mean? 19

Wrong Bathroom 22

Le Pisse Debout (la peese daboo) 25

Woorrrk! 29

Extra Real Reality TV 32

Alphabet City 35

B is For Bisexual 36

T is For Tranny: A Brief History 37

In Our Family, Apparently, Hate Is Too a Family Value 40

There's No "I" In Team, But There Are There In Genital Mutilation 41

Queer As Get The Funk Out of My Face 42

Double Dutch 43

Appropriate This 46

We Still Got Questions 48

Confused, Confused, Don't Wanna Be Confused 50

Top Ten Reasons To Not Transition 50

Top Ten Reasons to Transition 51

Queer Theory 52

If Duct Tape Don't Fix It 54

Vitamin T 57

The Biz 59

There Are No Good Butches 62

Curtain Climbers 63

Whomperlandia 63

Therapy Jar 66

Bareback Mountain 69

Missed Manners 71

Knuckle Sandwich 74

No Vitamin T In The '60S 78

First Hit 80

Oh My God, Shoes 84

Post-Feminist 86

No Vitamin T In The '70S 88

Belly Trix 91

Fat Man On The Beach 93

Breasticles 94

Fairy Princess Ballerina Realness 97

Confessions of A Poser

Mystery of The Purple Dick 101

Lies I Tell Myself 105

I'll Have What She's Having 108

When Del Met Phyllis 110

Man Up 117

Glossary 127

Websites 127

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    The Outsider's Outsider

    Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show by Lynn Breedlove. Manic D Press, San Francisco, 2009. Softcover, 128 pages. Illustrated.

    This little book's big impact will continue to grow, along with that of Lynn Breedlove's previous novel Godspeed. Breedlove's life is full of drama and scandal and vice and redemption, but what's important about One Freak Show is the perspective.

    Breedlove is the outsider's outsider - both a beloved figure in several communities and a member of no community on Earth. Think you've felt alienated? Next to Lynn Breedlove, the rest of us self-defined weirdos are like lemmings. Try being an angry peacenik, the front person for a dissolved punk band, a cosmic teacher who consorts with sex workers and drug addicts, while your gender identity changes several times a day, you are always a party of one, no matter how lovable you are. Who can relate to your life experiences? Most people would retreat into a hermit's cave, but Breedlove has chosen instead to create an ever-changing performance called "One Freak Show," touring Europe with it before capturing it between the covers of this book.

    One Freak Show is written in short, energetic bursts, with a page now and then of song lyrics or quotes from very young children. Breedlove is not interested in being Spaulding Gray, pouring out Proustian reams on the merits of choosing a sandwich or taking a walk. I found that I could not just sit down with it and read it all at once, though the whole thing is only 128 pages. I also found resistance within myself about reading the book in order. I felt more comfortable opening the book at random and reading two or three pages, then stopping to process it. The photo illustrations include both historical passage points in the author's life, and documented ephemera from an ever-changing life in art and music.

    My favorite thing about One Freak Show is that Breedlove's writing is provocative without being hostile. I've spent so much time reading and watching work whose sole purpose was to vent the creator's anger and disgust. Often I've felt slimed by someone who had promised edgy insight and then spewed bile all over me after I paid twelve bucks and sat on a really hard plastic chair for two hours. Lynn Breedlove never makes me feel disrespected even when the two of us are as far apart as opposite points on a compass.

    And funny? Lemme tell you. Breedlove's imagining what it would be like if the crew from MTV's "Cribs" or one of the reality shows came to see a punk artist's real living space is hilarious. And then there's this: "Down the middle of my once-perfect abdomen, I have a six-inch scar, though. Chicks dig scars. They want to know what happened. I tell them: I got in a knife fight with a surgeon He won. It was only 'cause I was asleep."

    One Freak Show isn't all fun and games. If you can't stand mentions of pornography, street drugs, or peeing on trees in the woods, this book will be too "outsider lit" for you. It's not graphic or shocking, but there are two or three perverse things on nearly every page. There's also plenty of contradiction, with occasional Breedlove vs. Breedlove arguments. Now that's the work of the outsider's outsider's outsider: nobody's always in your corner, even you.

    Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show is honest, entertaining, and sparely written. The chapters are short and separated by topic, so you always know what you're about to get. Fans of Breedlove's

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