By Sky Gilbert
The 12 months is 2050 and opposite to renowned trust, Judy Garland didn't die in 1969, yet quite, after numerous liver transplants, she has lived to the grand previous age of 138. Re-embracing her genuine identify, Frances Gumm, she turns into a feminist student engaged on her PhD and writing her thesis on a little-known homosexual Canadian playwright sprint King, whose occupation led to medications and promiscuous intercourse. Frances is enthusiastic about King's antiquated inspiration of homosexual politics, and his tragic tale triggers her personal meditations on what it skill to be an addict. this can be the serious verbal exchange among Frances and her PhD consultant in a dystopian destiny that holds various surprises. incorporated in those electronic missives are musings on every thing from the advantages of post-structuralism, the way forward for queer concept, and a passionate monologue concerning the previous and the long run by way of one of many most advantageous divas of our time.
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What’s occurring right here? Aren’t you my good friend anymore? I swear, if i may see your face it'll make all of the distinction. there have been methods you was stern with me. One used to be in case you have been protecting your obstacles. i do know you could have loads of them. for those who have been doing that, it was once critical and frightening. It was once all approximately you, and that i must dig my heels in and obey since you have been extra scared than i used to be (even although you are going to by no means admit worry, simply convey the anger). Then there have been the days whilst the littlest smile could creep onto your face, since it was once now not approximately your concerns in any respect. Your barriers weren’t threatened; you have been simply attempting to support me and educate me a few lesson. i'll inform by way of taking a look at you that you simply have been simply being stern with me since you enjoyed me. ok, you aren’t her, very well? yet it’s not easy for me to recollect you aren’t my mom whilst I can’t see your fucking face. I resent your response to the sprint King enterprise — it brings up all my mom bullshit. There’s whatever approximately sprint that pursuits me. So? Can’t I flirt with rules sometimes? Can’t you could have unconditional love for me and settle for that with out challenging each remark be a bankruptcy of a fucking PhD thesis? in fact, you recognize i will be able to cross there. i will swap over in a single moment, and that i should be the professor, the surgeon. That’s what I’ve spent the final 20 years of my lifestyles turning myself into. My educational checklist is, as you recognize, a superb convenience to me. yet occasionally i'm wondering if that’s all there's — that's an outdated Peggy Lee track that i actually want I’d recorded prior to I died. you notice, I’m no longer superstitious approximately tossing out comments that increase the earlier, simply because that’s the total aspect of being the place i'm this present day, of doing all this paintings, of my courting with you. i'm going to not be tested at each second and demonstrated. The checks are over. ok, ok, I pay attention you. You’ll inform me that checking out me is taking good care of me. That I by no means discovered to care approximately myself simply because I wasn’t correctly parented. certain, certain, it’s actual. I don’t understand how to reply whilst individuals are severe. exams are strong, and it’s now not approximately unconditional or conditional love. you're not no longer loving me through asking me to justify myself. ok, so right here is going. i'll try and solution your query. you will want me to inform you why I’m enthusiastic about sprint. It’s not only an irrational emotion. It’s no longer a few strength from the previous drawing me again. certain, there's a theoretical foundation (or possibly I should still say, ironically, an anti-theory theoretical foundation) for my pursuance of the sprint King papers. maybe I’ve been on skinny ice with you — as a result of antiqueness of his obsessions and their attainable dating to my earlier. additionally, i do know you rejected all that queer stuff in the past with the remainder of the area. Now we are living in a post-theory — or what has been postulated as post-theory — period. And we're, in truth, getting into what can be referred to as the post-post-theory period. i'm completely conscious of that. actually that my curiosity in sprint King can simply be on the topic of the post-theory place.