on February 25, 1999
Improper Bostonians bravely leaps to conjectures which gaydar identifies as gay personalities, missing no few of course in a small work. One miss, however, is Boston's International Homophilics Institute and its enormous Encyclopedia Homophilica -- now coming out at South Bank University in London, neither of which the authors bothered to consult (and missed much for that reason). One can only surmise that this was intentional and because IHI is Essentialist rather than Effeminist and would have offended the postmodernist sensibilities of the compilers (as well as the politician). The attempt to force present-day 'genderality' upon the 17th and 18th centuries is hopelessly acontextual. Multicultural postgenderists can't toss 20th-C bodies into a 17th-C spider and expect to get the same chowder, obviously; but resultantly, we get a stew, a Mitteleuropaisch adaptation of Novanglian culture that tastes startingly foreign -- and all the more interesting to Yankees for that I'm sure. Notwithstanding, there are few errors and many sure-footed aurexical leaps which will leave the reader breathless. The compilers have done a remarkable job salvaging homophilica which homophobes should never have attempted to suppress. Sooner or later, all homophobes get caught out with their lies -- and in this Improper Bostonians is a triumph.