By Fiona McGregor
This novel trips into the guts of the Sydney, Australia queer dance-party tradition. It follows a bunch of acquaintances 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 bring about 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 in the back of the play, and the fallow sessions of stillness and foment.
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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. Bee’s mother had married twice, first a Treat then an Icious. The four Mals scanned the room for other cousins. Billy came across Mal Nutrition throwing up in the toilets, Mal Adroit was spilling his drink on the dancefloor. Formation walked past in really badly cut leathers. Retro disco through the sound system, Mal Efic on the decks.
They reckon they can go till six. So the cops are paid up. Look, Billy, there’s just no other way. How many clubs d’you reckon have proper licences in this town anyway? Do they even exist? Can anyone afford them? You may as well blame the government. I know they’re shits but me and Holmes’ll liaise with the management. You’re the main props and graphics person so that’s heaps of work already. You don’t have to worry about them. 44 Chem Text SD 23/7/02 9:13 AM Page 45 Mmm. And the dancefloor takes up most of the space, it’s got like a main section and a dark and sleazy section.
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Chemical Palace by Fiona McGregor