Book launch, reading and discussion with authors Mary Cappello, James Morrison, and Jean Walton.
Set in 1980s Buffalo, three intricate, interrelated essays, meditate on the limits of expression, on the gender of ambition, on secrecy, eroticism, academic time, and snow. Combining the narrative-exegetical with the lyric-intellectual, they evoke the process of coming-into-queerness in a time and place not always conducive to it.
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“Smart, honest, and beautifully written, these three tales of grad school life in the 1980s could be called Love in the Time of Deconstruction. A hothouse world of brains, bodies, books, and doubt (in Buffalo, no less), it’s all a bit mad, but in the exciting, necessary way of life in your twenties. Buffalo Trace is a strange, original, wonderful book.”
“By following the tenderly intertwined intellectual and sexual awakenings of three friends, Buffalo Trace eroticizes academia…. This trilogy can also be read as an ode to Buffalo, the deeply American town that provided cover and even salvation for these three writers. Who can resist the assertion that ‘Buffalo was itself a kind of Paris of the rust belt?’ Ultimately, this is a love story, among friends, lovers, literature, and even Buffalo.”
–Lucy Jane Bledsoe