In a Gentrifying Seattle, a Queer Activist Works to Blur Borders

In a Gentrifying Seattle, a Queer Activist Works to Blur Borders

The New York Times-Books·2020-11-25 06:05

THE FREEZER DOORBy Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

How does one delimit the world when language isn’t enough? Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore seeks to uncover and reconsider boundaries in her new book, “The Freezer Door.” Sycamore, a queer activist whose 2013 memoir “The End of San Francisco” won a Lambda Literary Award, shifts her focus to an ever-changing Seattle, extrapolating from the connections she has made there and throughout her life thoughts about the frustrating limitations of language, the borders of gender and queerness. The problem with relationships, Sycamore suspects, is that everyone wants to maintain separations. “I want the distance to go away,” she writes, hungry for a new form of intimacy.

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