Double Melancholy

Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Brown Queer Man

According to Didier Eribon, melancholy is where it all starts and where it also ends: the lifelong process of mourning that each homosexual experiences, and through which they construct their own identity. In this beguiling book, an introverted, anxious, ambitious, artistically gifted queer Filipino-Canadian boy finds solace, inspiration, and a "syllabus for living" in art — works of literature and music, from the children’s literary classic Anne of Green Gables to the music of Maria Callas. But their contribution to his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual edification belies the fact that they were largely heteronormative and white, which had the effect of invisibilizing him as a queer person of colour. Part memoir, part cultural commentary, and a hybrid of besotted aesthetic appreciation and unsparing critique, Double Melancholy is by turns a passionate love letter to art and an embattled examination of its oppressive complicity with the society that produces it, and the depths to which art both enriches and colonizes us.

Contributors

C.E. Gatchalian

C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipino-Canadian author and theatre-maker born, raised and based on unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). A graduate of the the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing program, he is a two-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award whose plays have been produced locally, nationally and internationally. Double Melancholy is his first non-fiction book.
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Acknowledgements 1 $0.10

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In the introduction, the author describes his goals for the book: as a performance of decolonization, and a description of his understanding and relationship with art. 8 $0.80

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In this chapter, the author recalls their experiences growing up in Canada’s Filipino community. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 13 $1.30

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In this chapter, the author discusses books that had in impact on their identity growing up. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 13 $1.30

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In this chapter, the author discusses queer artists and art that influenced him. In particular, Tennessee Willams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The material is presented as dated journal … 11 $1.10

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In this chapter, the author discusses queer art in relation to the idea of Geist, nobility of mind and thought. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 11 $1.10

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In this chapter, the author recalls relationships they had while growing up and how they impacted their personal development. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 23 $2.30

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In this chapter, the author recalls their relationships. He also discusses the artistic influences of Camille Paglia and Susan Sontag. The material is presented as dated journal entries with … 21 $2.10

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In this chapter, the author discusses self-improvement and how Maria Callas influenced his idea of self-actualization. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 12 $1.20

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In this chapter, the author discusses the experience of being Filipino in Canada and how his understanding of himself changed throughout his life. The material is presented as dated journal … 12 $1.20

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This chapter takes the form of a dialogue between the author’s inner voices as they try to establish an identity. The material is presented as dated journal entries with commentary. 3 $0.30

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The epilogue summarizes the author’s journey throughout their life. 5 $0.50

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