By Will Fellows
From huge towns to rural groups, homosexual males have lengthy been impassioned pioneers as keepers of tradition: rescuing and restoring decrepit constructions, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods. Will Fellows explores this genuine and complicated size of homosexual men's lives through profiling early and modern preservationists from in the course of the usa, highlighting contributions to the bigger tradition.
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Extra info for A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture
What These Gay Men’s Lives Reveal 31 Preservation-minded gays have a penchant for meticulous attention to design detail. ” While on a house tour in Savannah, a Georgia preservationist remarked with a hint of scorn, “It seems like new buildings that are built to look like old buildings never have quite the right pitch to the roof. ” Believing that “all existence is rehearsal for a final performance of perfection,” Georgia’s Jim Williams was clearly of the same fastidious breed. Many gays are strongly attracted to restoring broken, neglected things to states of wholeness.
He was at one farmhouse a tender-hearted, indulgent husband, whose delicate invalid of a wife had expressed a wish for a set of old china and he was willing to spend days of search in order to satisfy her whim. ”8 It appears that the Walpole Society included not only a significant roster of confirmed bachelors but also a number of married gay men. One of these gentlemen married an heiress and, with the help of her family’s money, filled three houses to overflowing with antiques. His name was at the top of the list when those who began the Walpole Society started identifying men with antiquarian propensities who might be interested in joining.
She put on her apron and made a survey of the supplies in the cellar and kitchen. As she began handling her own things again, it all seemed a little different,—as if she had grown at least two years older in the two nights she had been away. She did not feel like a little girl, doing what she had been taught to do. She was accustomed to think that she did all these things so carefully to please her father, and to carry out her mother’s wishes. Now she realized that she did them for herself, quite as much.
A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture by Will Fellows