By Sky Gilbert
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Small things is a book of mini-anti-essays, part of Sky Gilbert's project to dismantle and challenge the rigid classifications of genre, thus challenging 21st century notions of truth. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Foucault, and the post-structuralist project, the small writings in ... Read more
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Small things is a book of mini-anti-essays, part of Sky Gilbert's project to dismantle and challenge the rigid classifications of genre, thus challenging 21st century notions of truth. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Foucault, and the post-structuralist project, the small writings in small things are story, essay, and memoir combined. They question the notion that an essay is necessarily fact, or fair opinion, or even informed opinion, while at the same time challenging the dictum that fiction might necessarily be free of didacticism, or at least, ideas.
Sky Gilbert is a writer, theatre director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was the founding artistic director (1979 to 1997) of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre—one of the world’s longest-running gay and lesbian theatres. There is a street in Toronto named after him—Sky Gilbert Lane (you can google it!). He has had more than forty plays produced and has written seven critically acclaimed novels and three poetry collections. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, and the Silver Ticket Award. His latest novel, Sad Old Faggot (ECW Press), was critically acclaimed. His book Shakespeare Beyond Science: When Poetry was the World will be published by Guernica Editions in 2020. He lives in Hamilton.
These ideas are not popular, they are outrageous and they are tinged with necessary sexuality. Sky Gilbert tells all. Arguably he has done that before. But here he creates a new form, the ‘anti-essay. ' Are feminism, gay liberation, and gender ‘small things'? Not necessarily, says Gilbert in this provocative collection of tiny narrative rants. Penises are, however, much smaller than we imagine them to be. Does size matter? Most definitely, when it comes to ideas and their relations.
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- Dimensions 170 pages, 4.25 x 7 x 0.25 in
- Published October 1, 2018
- Publisher Guernica Editions
- Category Literary Collections
- Keywords Essays , Canadian
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