"Crashing the Castle" with Derek McCormack
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2020 @ 2:30pm-3:30pm
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"Derek McCormack will be discussing his new novel, Castle Faggot (Semiotext(e), 2020), which Dennis Cooper calls "really just one of the best books ever." Castle Faggot is set in an amusement park more deranged than anything Disney dreamed up. At the heart of the park is Faggotland, a playland for gay men, and Castle Faggot, the darkest dark ride in the world. As scatological as Sade but with a Hanna-Barbera vibe, Castle Faggot combines McCormack’s love of the lurid and the childlike, of funhouses and sickhouses, into something furiously funny: as Edmund White says, “the mystery of objects, the lyricism of neglected lives, the menace and nostalgia of the past – these are all ingredients in this weird and beautiful parallel universe.”
Derek McCormack is the author of four novels, two short-story collections, and a non-fiction book about the history of Christmas in Canada. He writes about fashion occasionally for Artforum. He lives in Toronto.