By Kate Bornstein
“I was once born male and now I’ve bought scientific and govt records that say I’m female—but I don’t name myself a girl, and i do know I’m now not a guy. . . .”
Scientologist, husband and father, tranny, sailor, slave, playwright, dyke, gender outlaw—these are only a couple of phrases that have outlined Kate Bornstein in the course of her striking lifestyles. For the 1st time, all of it comes jointly in A Queer and delightful Danger, Kate Bornstein’s stunningly unique memoir that’s set to alter lives and enrapture readers.
Wickedly humorous and disarmingly sincere, this is often Bornstein’s so much intimate booklet but. With knowledge, wit, and an unwavering solution to inform the reality (“I must never inform lies”), Bornstein stocks her tale: from a pleasant Jewish boy starting to be up in New Jersey to a strappingly good-looking lieutenant of the Church of Scientology’s Sea flagship vessel, and later to Nineteen Nineties Seattle, the place she turns into a emerging megastar within the lesbian neighborhood. In among there are other halves and fanatics, heartbreak and triumph, bridges mended and damaged, and a trip of self-discovery that would mesmerize readers.
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Captain Nicholas Balaskas faced me across a desk in a forbidding office on Lekkas Street which displayed the blazing phoenix: the compulsory logo and insignia of the dictatorship. At the British embassy, which was then run by a genial old diplomat whose son had been with me at Balliol, I had to sit 26 through a lunch where a reactionary creep of a Labour MP named Francis Noel-Baker gave a lecture about the virtues of the junta and (the first but not the last time I was ever to hear these two arguments in combination) both denied that it tortured its prisoners while asserting that it would be quite justified if it did do so!
I proposed stepping into the Queen’s Lane coffee house. I don’t remember how it went: I was in Oxford to keep some pressing political and sexual engagements that seemed important at the time. The man seemed nice enough, if a bit wispy, and had an engaging grin. He was called Timothy Bryan, which I also remember thinking was a wispy name. I felt no premonition. But next time I saw her, my mother was very anxious to know what I thought of him. I said, becoming dimly but eventually alert, that he seemed fine.
The English army had just won the war. — The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper : “A Day in the Life” N A N C I E N T P I E C E of Judaic commentary holds that the liver is the organ that best represents the relationship between parents and child: it is the heaviest of all the viscera and accordingly the most appropriate bit of one’s guts. Only two of the six hundred and thirteen Jewish commandments, or prohibitions, offer any reward for compliance and both are parental: the first is in the original Decalogue when those who “honor thy father and thy mother” are assured that this will increase their days in the promised or stolen Canaanite land that is about to be given them, and the second involves some convoluted piece of quasi-reasoning whereby a bird’s egg can be taken by a hungry Jew as long as the poor mother bird isn’t there to witness the depredation.