As some of you know, Ryan Conrad and I are part of the editorial collective of Against Equality, a web-based archive of material that interrogates the mainstream gay movement and explores queer possibilities for a radical new future. While the internet offers seemingly endless possibilities for movement-building, it is limited in its access and while web-based conversations can be a starting point, they are no substitute for real-time conversations and organizing. For these and other reasons, we felt it was important to distribute the material as a book as well. Also, listen to us talk about the book on KBOO Radio with Denise from the Old Mole Variety Hour here! This show originally aired on March 22nd, 2010.
Our announcement and the beautiful and fabulous cover design by Chris Vargas after the jump.
The Against Equality editorial collective is excited to announce our first book project, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage. This pocket-sized anthology of writing compiles many of the essays in the marriage section of our digital archives. We are self-publishing this book and it will soon be available through a small handful of independent distributors.
The essays will be published along side striking visuals specially commissioned for the anthology and our hope is that releasing them as a published book allows our critiques to reach a greater audience. The cultural lives of books are very different from that of online texts and the credibility that comes with printed matter still far exceeds the weight of blogging. We are also particularly interested in reaching people with little or no access to high speed Internet browsing like people in prison, older generations, and those living in rural areas.
Edited by Ryan Conrad and with an introduction by Yasmin Nair, this first book focused on gay marriage is just the beginning of our publishing projects! By making as many of the texts in our digital archives available in printed editions, we hope to create even more time and space to have critical dialog about our most radical queer futures and to revive the queer political imagination.
Cover Design by Chris Vargas
Also, listen to Yasmin and Conrad talk about the book on KBOO Radio with Denise from the Old Mole Variety Hour! This show originally aired on March 22nd, 2010.