VLOG & VIDEO
Awkward humour and animal puppets—not usually my modus operandi, but today I’ll make an exception. While I sometimes hope to appear both wise and scholarly, I’m quite aware of the limitations of my mental prowess … or lack thereof. And so rather than try to fake an exhaustive knowledge of gay literature and culture, I’m going to try to get my point across with puppets. I know—how very clever of me. But, really, given my marked absence of creativity, how else am I to discuss today’s recommendation? After all, Zoe Whittall’s novel Bottle Rocket Hearts deserves better than pretence and douche-baggery.
For newcomers unfamiliar with this project, The ZS Roe Vlog is my place to share the best in storytelling. Every two weeks I’ll recommend a novel, short story, poem, or film, and bring you along to the places in which these stories have particular significance.
So, without further adieu, I give you:
Bottle Rocket Hearts tells the story of Eve, a nineteen-year-old lesbian who longs to move away from home and live in Montreal. Once there, she falls in love with a troubled older woman, becomes close friends with her two queer roommates, and embraces a life of punk rock and feminist politics. Hers is a life of rebellion and political activism; a life that sees Valentine’s Day as a “celebration of corporate hetero-normativity” and monogamous relationships as “falling into traps set by expectations, co-dependency, and unreasonable romanticism.” But as Eve soon realizes, some beliefs are easier believed than practiced.
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