SD Alternative

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Things to do if I ever become a professor, part 1.

Professor Israel must be cackling to herself right now, because Regeneration by Pat Barker is more homoerotic than any other piece of published fiction I have ever read.

I wonder what the rest of my (90% male) class thinks of this book — I mean, not only are there toxic levels of UST between every two male characters who share so much as a single page together, but the author coyly pretends that it is all accidental, that there is nothing besides perfectly manly heterosexual affection going on. I think. Anyway there’s no way I can believe that all the pale thighs and ball-cupping and mock wresting and phallic dreams and atractive young men showering/swimming/walking naked in the rain who have deep feelings for their (Fruedian) psychiatrist are unintentional. Clearly they aren’t (note: only read the first few chapters, it’s possible that at least some of these men are made explicitly homosexual later on (signs point to Burns at least)).

EDIT Oh wait, the reason no one is upfront isn’t that the author is being coy, it’s that she’s using the language of the time. 20th century England = homosexualty largely an unacknowledged concept, plus I think there’s some thematic importance since there are many other things the characters feel equally uncomfortable discussing. This book could be a manual, “1001 ways to delicate imply that someone is homosexual without explicitly saying so.”

In other news, I finally got around to updating the Death Note Links and General Links pages of my website. The Links page was especially outdated — last update was August of 2004! — but sadly, it’s still pretty lacking. I don’t really do that much websurfing, or at least not that much interesting websurfing.