Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man
Paperback | Jun 2019 | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527536 | 224pp | 203x152mm | RFB | AUD$27.99, NZD$34.99
to Didier Eribon, melancholy is where it all starts and where it also ends: the
lifelong process of mourning that each homosexual experiences, and through
which they construct their own identity. In this beguiling book, an
introverted, anxious, ambitious, artistically gifted queer Filipino-Canadian
boy finds solace, inspiration, and a 'syllabus for living' in art — works of
literature and music, from the children’s literary classic Anne of Green Gables to the music of Maria Callas. But their
contribution to his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual edification belies
the fact that they were largely heteronormative and white, which had the effect
of invisibilizing him as a queer person of color.
Part memoir, part cultural
commentary, and a hybrid of besotted aesthetic appreciation and unsparing
critique, Double Melancholy is by turns a passionate love letter to art
and an embattled examination of its oppressive complicity with the society that
produces it, and the depths to which art both enriches and colonizes us.