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This collection of essays spans a long swath of trans time, offering some historicizing of SF and NM in the 90s and early oughts, including dyke/transmasc tensions and a reckoning with past relationships and an inheritance of familial violence. Honestly so much here, a lot of life lived and hard-won lessons learned. The essay on accountability and problematic accountability processes was probably my favorite; I loved a lot else too—the essay on new trans memoir is terrific. Much clear-sighted wisdom to be found here and Bombardier’s image-rich writing is humbly excellent.
An extremely strong collection of memoir essays, centered on themes of queer community, gender transition, reckoning with white masculinity, being a working class artist, relationships, trauma, healing, and accountability. Two short pieces about childhood, "Lincoln Street" and "Boombox", ached with the feeling of the last period of freedom before the full onslaught of gender policing and puberty. Many of the pieces provided a window to a specific queer moment in San Francisco in the 1990s, when punk artist collectives could still afford rent and run wild through the city. Bombardier also writes about working in traditionally masculine spaces, in carpentry, in welding, in construction, and as a college campus security guard. I enjoyed the nonlinear organization of the pieces in this book, and I highlighted several lines which I know I will be thinking about for a long time.
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Moderate: Transphobia, Domestic abuse, and Drug use