A conservative reader might ask his Goodreads friends , “ Is William Burroughs gay? “ as if Burrough knows how it feels like being queer, an offensive slang for homosexual. If he is, it is neither here nor there because he is able to depict the reality of the homosexual world , categorically, the desire to establish an intimate relationship with a straight guy. So if you are gay, you might be able to empathize the situation of the protagonist. But if you are a straight guy, you might end up realizing that not all gays are “ lecherously fellatioes” by nature. They are not far different from “coquettishly fellatrixes” .(laughs )
The book depicts the life of the queer , particularly how they get into an intimate relationship with the same sex. In the story, although not quite clear , the protagonist, Lee wants to build an intimate relationship with Allerton. The story is not clear if he is a straight guy, but the story says that he does not like to make friends with a queer. Eventually, Lee and Allerton becomes friends since Lee is determined to get along with him. They spend time together in the same bed. Again , the story is not quite clear if they make love, for Allerton does not want Lee to keep on touching him. In effect, Lee has secret sexual desire for Allerton; however, he has fear to get in on the act, for Allerton appears to be a straight guy.
If you are a queer, you may be able to empathize with the deeper side of Lee. But admit it. This is the fact to some extent that queers’ real intention whenever they make friends with a guy is to build an intimate relationship. No wonder that the common perception of guys is that queers are cock-suckers. (laughs) But not all queers have this kind of sexual behavior pattern. As a matter of fact, such queers are not far different from coquettish women. People are not just used to this kind of sexual human evolution.
In the Philippines, queers appear to be divided into four categories : they are closet gays, open gays, transvestites, and the transgendered. Closet gays are known as peppermint or paminta in Filipino because they are bound to get pulverized to come out in the open. Open gays appear to be naïve , but still they are known for their effeminate mannerisms unlike transvestites and the transgendered for their flamboyantly feministic fashion. The latter three kinds of gays are likely to be socially accepted because they are more open to their self-identities (despite the fact that the atmosphere is not yet completely conducive. )However, peppermints have a hard time; consequently, they face different dilemmas.
It is my first William Burroughs’s novel. Whenever I thumbed it through on my list, I always wondered why its title is Queer since its paperback picture looks immaterial. When I got the chance to read it, I got Burroughs’s method to his madness: internalizing queers’ feelings.
For this reason, impressed by his unique twist of writing, I heard that his critically acclaimed NAKED LUNCH is a good read. I will buy it at any cost as soon as I spot it. ^^
Rating: 3 / 5 stars