[ Read ] ➱ Valencia Author Michelle Tea – Chainnews.us

ValenciaValencia Is The Fast Paced Account Of One Girl S Search For Love And High Times In The Drama Filled Dyke World Of San Francisco S Mission District Through A String Of Narrative Moments, Tea Records A Year Lived In A World Of Girls There S Knife Wielding Marta, Who Introduces Michelle To A New World Of Radical Sex Willa, Michelle S Tormented Poet Girlfriend Iris, The Beautiful Boy Dyke Who Ran Away From The South In A Dust Cloud Of Drama And Iris S Ex, Magdalena Squalor, To Whom Michelle Turns When Iris Breaks Her Heart Valencia Conveys A Blend Of Youthful Urgency And Apocalyptic Apathy.

[ Read ] ➱ Valencia Author Michelle Tea – Chainnews.us
  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Valencia
  • Michelle Tea
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 9781580050357

10 thoughts on “Valencia

  1. says:

    This book saved my life I was literally in bed so depressed that I was planning on ending it Dramatic yes, but very true Someone had given me the book I picked it up and couldn t put it down She was tortured, but exciting..and honestly in my mental state I didn t even notice how messed up she might be.lol After finishing, I decided that I wanted a life worth writing about I got out of bed, came out as femme and started having my own amazing adventures I can t say it will have the same profound effect on anyone else, but I am grateful for this book Thanks Michelle Tea.

  2. says:

    It s probably wrong to review a book after only 50 or so pages But god, this book is annoying as hell as a queer urban girl from san francisco, Michelle embarasses me, as she rambles long run on sentence paragraphs about her tragically hip dyke radical friends who are so bad, so sad, they cut themselves and fuck on the dance floor and have stupid names like Tricky and Spacegirl Her world consists of Punks , as defined by their clothes, hair and tattoos, who move here and treat the city like their fucking playground This gives San Francisco a bad name Don t call your book Valencia for godssakes and then have it labeled as the definitive voice of queer women.

  3. says:

    For a San Francisco reader in the late 2010 s it s impossible not to read Valencia through a prism of nostalgia The subcultures and spaces Tea captures so vividly have now all but disappeared, so many of the coffee shops and dive bars and affordable apartments that provide the staging for Tea s autobiographical experiences now transformed into trendy bistros, expensive boutiques, and upscale bars with mixologists that take ten minutes to make your cocktail because it requires a dozen different ingredients Perhaps even importantly, the queer particularly the lesbian and kink communities have been long driven away by impossible rent and lack of welcoming places Where Tea s Valencia Street is a expanse of possibility both physical and mental, Valencia Street in 2018 is ground zero for the tensions of hyper gentrification So it was within this context that I savored Tea s tales of heartache and self discovery, relishing the descriptions of the women she loved, befriended, flirted with, pined over, and hopped in the sack with, as well as all the other individuals that wandered in and out of this specific period of her life Her prose is jangly and sharp and operates by the rhythms of spoken word poetry and evokes the type of breathless intensity usually reserved for conversations between intimates rather than the considered and cerebral approach typical of autobiography and memoir An admittedly exhausting read at times, but an utterly enthralling one as well.

  4. says:

    This is a memoir of a 25 year old lesbian in 90s San Francisco documenting her times drinking, not working, and having a lot of latex gloved sex with various girls It s plotlessness really worked for me, and I figured out it was because Tea is completely honest as an autobiographer This became apparent when I was planning on thinking she was pretentious, and that never coming to be I assumed she was going to try and make herself sound really hip, being a counterculture woman swinging in one of the most liberal cities in America, but she basically just told it like it was A lot of times in memoirs, the writer will over dramatize their situation, like how they hit rock bottom and almost died eight times or whatever, but again Tea doesn t force the issue of making herself seem really down, or really cool So that s how I decided the slice of life material was authentic Just one person s account of looking for love in bars and parties Also she s talented in her own right, there were plenty of creative, non cliche metaphors and good one liners to be found One thing that irked me was constant references to astrological signs Anyways, this book was a pleasant surprise My roommate had it assigned to her for school and I just happened to keep reading it after she told me to read a particularly tasteful few pages at the beginning, describing your typical girl on girl fist fuck.

  5. says:

    I loved this book Sure, I m biased because I m from SF and worked alongside Ms Tea at Books, Inc where she hosted crazy book readings with hard liquor Sure, I m biased because I was never part of that scene, but secretly envied it Reading the book, however, I didn t feel a bit of envy I just enjoyed the scenes from afar Sure it s from the era of the 90 s, and therefore dated sure, it s about lesbian sex, drugs, and rock n roll, as well as the famous Folsom Street Fair in SF, fisting, and knives, and sex workers, but it is the perfect book for a light read Advice to the wise read it where you can laugh openly and not be seen as crazy Read it, enjoy it Yes, it s solipsistic, but it s fun solipsism And, it s the perfect book to give a non reading, queer friend It makes that friend feel like a reader It reads fast, is moving fiction well, really a memoir, but who s counting , and has a James Joyce kind of rebellion against punctuation Fun, fun, fun

  6. says:

    This book does a great job of articulating everything I hate about belonging to such a specific subculture The first half of the book was slow for me, and I have a knee jerk disapproval of people who claim a working class background but are as irresponsible and treat work with the abandon that Tea does And while this book isn t all about drugs and alcohol, it is enough about drugs and alcohol to bore the hell out of me Halfway into the book, though, it does have a shining clump of chapters, but it doesn t quite stick out to the end This book did help me place some of my feelings about said aspects of said subculture, but I wanted to like Tea Instead, she reminds me of the people I m forced to hang out with and constantly needing to set my boundaries with.

  7. says:

    san francisco s michelle tea is the most vital writer of her generation, one of the few people from our era they ll still be studying 100 years from now, and in valencia she is at the absolute top of her game dirty, shocking, subversive, with an embracing of a complex sexuality and lifestyle that needs no apologies, tea s work has a good chance of permanently changing your life after being exposed to it or at least getting you looking at the war of the sexes in an entirely new way highly recommended.

  8. says:

    i thought this book was fucking amazing amazing amazing i could not stop reading it and read it really really fast, everywhere on the subway in my bedroom on lunch break from work the writing is real and interesting and a bit stream of conscience y, but i truly got into it because a young crazy radical michelle tea is a narrator i can easily identify with ok so i never went to the dyke march high on speed but i definitely had the FUCK SHIT UP period of my life where my crazy in love moms and i spray painted and wheat pasted our way through lifewhen the pursuit of drunkenness, drugs and queer debauchery was all we needed and all we had this pulled at my nostalgic heart strings for that ridiculous and beautiful time.my only complaint is that the book ended really abruptly and weirdly like michelle tea got tired of writing it and was ready to move on otherwise, a superb read.

  9. says:

    I keep trying to read Michelle Tea s books because she is our local lesbian celebrity, but I find her books a little heavy and over the top But I m weirdly fascinated with reading them, too Kind of like driving by a train wreck and not being able to avert your eyes I feel the same way about some Joyce Carol Oats books Someone described JCO s writing as grotesque once, and that s a good word to describe Valencia, too I mean, how many freaky, unstable 20 something lesbians are there, having sex in nasty bar bathrooms, trying all kinds of drugs, and living in dumpy apartments I guess what I don t like about it is that these girl s lives are considered so glamorous and cool, but really, they are just seriously immature Some things in this book are just gross Then, some parts are funny, and it seems like Michelle is looking back on her younger days with a sense of humor But I don t think the whole book is a farce I think it s an account of what life is like for these girls, and thinking of trying to be like them, or having to try to fit in with that kind of crowd just gives me a headache I m glad for Michelle for being successful, and I m sure there really lots of girls like the ones in this book, but maybe I m just too old I ll write it off to generation gap, but reading this book just didn t make me feel good I felt the same about Rose of No Man s Land, I couldn t finish the Chelsea Whistle Not quite my cup of tea.

  10. says:

    so the planet of me completed its revolution around the heart we will drink cocktails so sweet they pucker our mouths, and we will run through the streets in excellent danger this book took my breath away, and not just because it was one of the first novels i ve ever read that was about dyke culture without being trashy oh sure, michelle tells a seedy story full of drugs and booze and sex, but what she s mostly telling the reader about is her heart like Annie On My Mind, valencia is a story about what it feels like to be a girl in love with another girl or in michelle s case, a few others, and what it s like when those loves end one of the reviews on the back of the book said that in another author s hands the book would have just been depressing, and i have to agree it could so easily have been a morbid book about how our ideas of love can t exist but instead it s a book about how they do indeed exist, except they come to us in ways we could never expect.

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