By Fiona McGregor
This novel trips into the center of the Sydney, Australia queer dance-party tradition. It follows a gaggle of buddies via their lives of raves, relationships, and artistic endeavors as they fight opposed to the adversity of harsh urban lifestyles to create bacchanalian fantasies. Their interwoven paths of creativity, hedonism, tragedy, and love result in celebrations and rituals whose echoes sound all through their lives lengthy after dawn. Depicted via prose that captures the rhythms of the dance golf equipment are the warmth, the sweat, the surplus, the paintings at the back of the play, and the fallow classes of stillness and foment.
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We got a venue! You are no longer starved of a dancefloor. She went up to the city and bought a stack of new records, incense, bath salts, fresh meat for the cats. Found a bud forgotten weeks ago at the back of the candle drawer, smoked it and put on Krüder & Dorfmeister. She was in debt thousands, the laser hit the best track. She turned it up and cooked dinner dancing. She didn’t have a sampler but experimented with Holmes’s message manually over her latest mix. Hit the button at the beginning at the bridge and again at the end.
The venue had changed but nothing else over the three years since they had been here. Same music same graphics same type of dyke. People loved tradition. The King is dead, long live the King. traffic and Shifty went to the bar, Shifty turning slyly after ordering. Hey traffic, I thought of a new drag name, Mal Practice. Mal! My long-lost cousin! Back at their table they realised pretty soon that due to lesbian incest they had all been named after the same grandfather, traffic a Function and Billy an Adjusted.
He was a steelworks man. How old were you? Ten. I couldn’t understand why they had to take the body away then bring it back when it was going to be buried across the road. I wanted the whole ceremony to take place in the cemetery, I loved the cemetery. They turned onto the empty highway and drove alongside the steelworks, then turned again towards the harbour. I can’t think of one single culture that thinks it’s okay to live close to a burial ground, mused Holmes. The housing’s cheaper dummy. And I wouldn’t call my background a culture.
Chemical Palace by Fiona McGregor