Virtual Event: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Ryan Conrad, Berend McKenzie, Miranda Recht
Between Certain Death and a Possible Future:
Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis
October 14, 2021
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes editor MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE and contributors RYAN CONRAD, BEREND MCKENZIE, and MIRANDA RECHT for a discussion of their new anthology, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis.
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About Between Certain Death and a Possible Future
Every queer person lives with the trauma of AIDS, and this plays out intergenerationally. Usually we hear about two generations—the first, coming of age in the era of gay liberation, and then watching entire circles of friends die of a mysterious illness as the government did nothing to intervene. And now we hear about younger people growing up with effective treatment and prevention available, unable to comprehend the magnitude of the loss. But there is another generation between these two, one that came of age in the midst of the epidemic with the belief that desire intrinsically led to death, and internalized this trauma as part of becoming queer.
Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis offers crucial stories from this missing generation in AIDS literature and cultural politics. This wide-ranging collection includes 36 personal essays on the ongoing and persistent impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in queer lives. Here you will find an expansive range of perspectives on a specific generational story—essays that explore and explode conventional wisdom, while also providing a necessary bridge between experiences. These essays respond, with eloquence and incisiveness, to the question: How do we reckon with the trauma that continues to this day, and imagine a way out?
Praise for Between Certain Death and a Possible Future
“An exciting and important collection that reconvenes community and brings our hidden feelings and experiences of HIV again to light and to consciousness.” —Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993
"Between Certain Death and a Possible Future is a must-read for this moment, yet another juncture where we face the collision of brutal inequality, right-wing resurgence, and pandemic. This book is deeply personal, moving, and evocative, and at the same time has an enormous amount to teach us about the political and social conditions that have produced the social meanings of AIDS and sex that have shaped our lives." —Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next)
"I thought I knew everything about how the queer generation after mine was impacted by AIDS, but Sycamore's eye-opening anthology pierced my naive cockiness. I remember my life and sexual coming out before the AIDS crisis, but what if AIDS is all you've ever known? How did that define your queerness? Sycamore breaks open a dam of suppressed stories centered on stigma, from wildly diverse voices, pouring forth with startling honesty and resilience." —Peter Staley, author of Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism
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