At Certain Points We Touch

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At Certain Points We Touch

At Certain Points We Touch

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I don’t mean that, as a compliment, only a thought that comes to mind when I think of the world where left to deal with now”. I didn’t blame the heroine for her terrible taste in men, but I felt I zero connection to either the terrible Thomas James or the less-terrible Adam who provide the corners of this nasty little love triangle.

the other less than half of this book was frustratingly repetitive across an unusually jumpy timeline. There's way too much detail (and nasty at that) to the point you don't care about the story anymore. The narrative delves slightly into her backstory which begins to shed light on her nature but there's not enough to make her sympathetic, or more unlikeable, or anything really. In the present, they constantly countdown ‘10 years since we met, six years since we last spoke, four years since your death’.Please note that for the sake of my being unaware of how the main character—JJ—would like to be addressed I will be employing ‘they/them’ pronouns. He’s described as selfish, professing both to kinks and to political views that are either ironic or despicable. Plot-driven readers will probably go a bit mad waiting for more “things to happen”, but interiority-driven ones will lap this up.

There was no narrative drive to speak of - the story just seemed an interminable stream of pages with no ebb or flow or discernible structure - and the central axis (that two people who had no common ground whatsoever but some kind of intoxicating sexual chemistry in a brief open relationship for a couple of months) had no believability whatsoever. I found this so fascinating and so powerfully articulated: the often unacknowledged division between those in our community for whom complicated queerness is as incomprehensible as its opposite is to others. The romance was doomed, not least because Thomas, though charismatic, appears to have been a pretty toxic character. In fact, the parts about digital preservation were some of my favourite bits of writing in the book, musing on how a MySpace profile could endure if civilisations couldn't. Royal biographer, Robert Hardman's new book “Charles III: New King, New Court, The Inside Story” is loaded with scoops: one of its most monumental revelations is a second-by-second account of the day Queen Elizabeth II died.

In a story about a dead man, everyone becomes a ghost, and the title of the book does reflect its self-conscious ephemerality.

From an electrifying new voice, a "stone-cold masterpiece" (Olivia Laing) of queer friendship, first love, and unbridled youth. But why should a Myspace profile be preserved when whole civilisations have been annihilated to boost the egos of European monarchs? I was pleased to see mention of Ocean Vuong around the 85% mark because there are so many things about At Certain Points We Touch that reminded me of Vuong’s work.

But something about the writing felt a bit forced and laboured to me: 'heaving your gangly build, unwieldy as a bicycle frame, up on a makeshift stage', 'you were like a found photograph, black and white, black and white, of a little boy, bundled onto the Kindertransport by his desperate mother', 'you sealed the cave [i. It is, by the way, “very gay”, in terms of the graphic sex scenes and lens with which male bodies are displayed, talked about, and sexualized, with, you know, lots of sex. Lauren John Joseph is exploring some interesting themes here, using fiction as a medium, around what we do with memory and grief, and how looking back at our lives changes what we see, and I appreciated the nuance with which they tackle this subject matter, especially around the things that we can discover about ourselves when looking back at the people we used to know. Therefore, should you have come upon my little review sent into the void of the inter-webs, please note that my sentiments are purely subjective. Would it insult your pride to know that I began to entertain your advances because I wanted you to replace Lulu with me; so that I could, in a way, become her, even if only in my mind and in your arms?

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