By Justin Vivian Bond
WINNER OF A 2012 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD
"Like Bond, the memoir is droll, pensive and choked with zingers teetering among humorous and ferocious."—The big apple Times
"Bond's fabulosity is matched through a trenchant wit, and [V's] over-the-top tales are neatly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise."—The manhattan Times
Recently hailed as "the maximum cabaret artist of [V's] generation" in The New Yorker, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond makes a super literary debut with this staggeringly candid and hilarious novella-length memoir.
With a up to date analysis of consciousness deficit illness, and information that his first lover from adolescence has been imprisoned for impersonating an undercover police officer, Bond remembers in vibrant element coming of age as a trans child. regularly haunted via the data of being "different," Bond was once additional pressured whilst the bully round the corner desired to meet secretly. Their trysts went on for years, and made Bond conscious about sexual strength and vulnerability. With inimitable sort, Bond increases matters approximately LGBTQ early life, homophobia, parenting, and sexuality, whereas being totally entertaining.
Singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated functionality artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half the functionality duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the realm, headlining at Carnegie corridor, the Sydney Opera condo, and London's Queen Elizabeth corridor, and starring in a Tony nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. His movie credit contain a task in John Cameron Mitchell's function Shortbus. Bond is at present liberating a list, Dendrophile, and is writing a play with Sandra Bernhard.
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I sat bolt upright in bed and cried, “What? Why are you going to …” And then I stopped. There could be only one reason they were going to sell my car. There was going to be no surgery to restore my sight. This was it. This was the nub around which everyone had been circling. Now I knew. Slowly, I sat back in bed. I heard absolutely nothing else that was said in the room that night. This darkness, this total absence of light, had become my reality. And not just my reality until they could do some kind of surgery, oh no.
Knight Commander gracefully vaulted the fence. By now the hunt was ahead of me. Leaning forward, I gave Knight Commander his head. He could run; he could run fast. The trees flashed by, and I caught up with the rest of the field. That hunt was a long one. The fox outsmarted the hounds over and over again, and there were long periods of time when we had to stand still and wait for the hounds to pick up the scent. Then we’d be off again. Over the course of the day, I followed the same routine of hanging back to give Knight Commander room for the next fence.
Learning braille had become a comfortable task. I looked forward to each day when I knew I would sit down with my braille book and spend several hours working through the new characters. Working on braille was an activity in which I found real purpose. My days began to take on some structure. I began to shed those feelings of hopelessness and pointlessness. 07 | living again IT WAS DURING THIS SAME THIRD LESSON THAT I ASKED VERA about her cane and her use of the cane. “My vocational rehab counselor told me that I’d need to have an orientation and mobility specialist to teach me how to use a cane,” I began.
Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond