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In this "work of love from a fag-hag author," humor writer Crimmins (Where Is the Mango Princess? etc.) considers gay men's multifarious contributions to society and celebrates the "golden age of 'Global Queering.' " (Lesbians, she finds, have been too domestic to influence much.) In 10 brief chapters, she reflects on the culture of camp, the popularity of "gay expressions" ("butch," "breeder"), gay restaurants (they have "exotic ingredients and flamboyant presentations"), fashion designers, sex practices, Judy Garland musicals and 1960s game shows (with gay pioneers like Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly) and more. As Crimmins has it, gay men are responsible for the popularity of barbecue (James Beard, who was gay, popularized outdoor grilling) and Abercrombie & Fitch (fraternity boys sporting that brand are aping a gay lifestyle—without knowing it—by buying into photographer Bruce Weber's vision of male beauty). Friends, Frasier and Sex and the City had gay roots and gay writers, she says, and flaunted a code of gay allusion. Few would argue with the thesis that gay men have had a profound and positive cultural impact, but this volume may not be anyone's chosen proof. Crimmins's casual use of words like "fairy," "faggot," "homo" and "nelly" may prove a stumbling block to her readers, as might her persistent stereotyping.
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“Missing is a profoundly brave memoir. Harrison has scoured the painful parts of her history to come to a complicated and compassionate understanding of her mother's fate. The book is as gripping as it is tragic, as moving as it is hot-to-the-touch. I couldn't put it down.”
–Robin Romm, author of The Mercy Papers and The Mother Garden
“Intensely personal...vivid on the page, [about] a mother who desperately loved and needed her children….A well-written account by a youthful author who is bouncing back from grief.” –Kirkus
“Lindsay Harrison and I happen to share the same last name, and we share something more important, the untimely deaths of our mothers when we were too young to withstand or even understand so profound a loss. Missing is a meticulous chronicle of shock and grief; the story that unfolds is one that that waits for nearly all of us, an account of what we fear and will someday face—this isn't a book just for daughters, but for sons, mothers, and fathers, as well.” —Kathryn Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.