A History of My Brief Body // Billy-Ray Belcourt

“It is in writing about eroticised alienation, however, that Belcourt stuns: his genius becomes inescapable. Describing his ‘kink’ as the annihilation of his ‘core sense of self’, Belcourt surrendered to the mass sexualised dehumanisation facilitated by hook-up apps. When, in 2014, he downloaded Grindr, he wielded it ‘like a weapon in a war of emotion.’ This was his entrée into the ‘tradition of random sex between men for whom faces are secondary erotic materials – a gay rite of passage.’”

– from my review of Billy-Ray Belcourt’s A History of My Brief Body, published here.

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