Might as well take advantage of the down time while it lasts, I guess. After all, I have every intention, if I do someday become a university professor, to work until I'm senile and they force me into retirement. XD
Anyway, suffice to say that I'm not bored. No, not quite yet. Give it a few more weeks. *sighs*Baker, James Robert. Tim and Pete. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.Summary
: Tim and Pete have broken up, but fate throws them back together when Tim gets left stranded and seeks out Pete's help. What ensues is an adventure around Los Angeles, taking them eventually to Pete's concert, after which they reconcile, and in pursuit of Joey, the boy Pete is mentoring for AA. Turns out that a quartet of HIV-positive gay men have decided to go terrorist, and while at first they plan on targeting the Reagans, they change their minds and head out for a right-wingers' conference out in La Jolla, which Tim and Pete inadvertently learned about while calling on Pete's mother, who works for a Republican. They get her out of the conference before any shooting starts with a ruse about Pete being crucified and then head off to bed for some well-deserved rest.Comments
: Though I don't know much about him, I do know that the author committed suicide in 1997. Whether it was AIDS-related or not...? Dunno. However, there is plenty of talk in this novel about making one's death mean something, about not going quietly into the night and all that. And while this novel was written over a decade ago in the shadow of the L.A. race riots and, since then, Arab suicide bombers have proven to us that such behavior only incites further censure and prejudice, one does wonder where all that leftist rage with which Baker infuses his writing has gone. If we needed it back then, my God to we need it now! Baker must be rolling in his grave... In any case, this book was sexy (these guys mix years of celibacy with brief periods of orgy, apparently), deliciously funny, and provocative; I'm quite surprised to see it under the "serious" Simon & Schuster imprint at all (though Alyson has the reprint rights now). In any case, though Tim and Pete have numerous and involved fantasies of the way they might take out Republicans and conservatives, they do not actually do it. Talking about it, or, in Pete's case, writing lyrics and then singing about it, suffices, providing a creative, non-violent outlet for the anger. I suspect that this is what Baker intended to do writing this novel. Though it attempts poignancy in places, it works much better as an expression of outrage. Easy, but still lots of fun to read. Notes
: trade paperback, 1st edition, out-of-print; reprint trade paperback edition from Alyson availableRating
- Angry in places, witty in others. An enjoyable read, but not a classic one.