the fire these times

63/ Queerness, Literature and Revolution (With Saleem Haddad)


Saleem Haddad is the author of Guapa, the director of Marco and a 2nd time guest on The Fire These Times. Patreon supporters got early access to this.

Topics discussed:

What constitutes queer literature?; Muhammad Abdelnabi; Ocean Vuong; James Baldwin; The Personal is Political; Pedro Lemebel; Israeli pinkwashing; criticizing the so-called ‘gay international’ by Joseph Massad; how ‘anti-imperialism’ and ‘post-colonialism’ is used by authoritarian groups and regimes including Hezbollah and Assad; Queerness in revolutionary settings (in the Arab-majority world); Revolutionary feminism; LGBTQ liberation and the Syrian revolution; being sensitive to authoritarian logic; queerness as a changing and developing identity; understanding social constructs;

Books/Works Mentioned:

  • In the spider’s room: a novel by Muhammad Abdelnabi
  • On earth we’re briefly gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin
  • Manifesto (I speak for my difference) by Pedro Lemebel
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Cleanness by Garth Greenwell
  • The appointment by Katharina Volckmer

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Music by Tarabeat.

Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

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