Brother Dumb is the memoir of a reclusive American literary icon. Brother Dumb is a how - to manual for meaningful critical engagement with the real world. Brother Dumb is a celebration of innocence, youth, and altruism. Brother Dumb is a true story of self - imposed exile. . . . Brother Dumb is also a work of fiction. Brother Dumb begins in the mid - 40s, but spans decades, delving deep into the five tortured relationships that have shaped one writer's psycho - sexual history - but it also details his bitter literary decline and withdrawal from public life. Brother Dumb is a misanthrope. His withdrawal from the world is as famous, or infamous, as his writing - something that he takes great pains to explain is not a desperate cry for attention. Attention is the last thing Brother Dumb wants. So why publish this memoir? Why expose himself to a world of stupid, lecherous, greedy, evil, and calculating people? Because he can't not write. And because, somewhere out there, a kindred soul might actually be reading. . . .
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Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder, and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America's largest gay and lesbian theatre) for 18 years. His novels Guilty, St. Stephen's, I Am Kasper Klotz, and Brother Dumb were critically acclaimed. ECW published his two previous collections of poetry: Digressions of a Naked Party Girl, Temptations For A Juvenile Delinquent and also his theatre memoir Ejaculations From The Charm Factory. He has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Pauline McGibbon Award for theatre directing, and he was the recipient of The Margo Bindhardt Award (from the Toronto Arts Foundation), The Silver Ticket Award (from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), and the ReLit Award (for his fourth novel, An English Gentleman). Of his recent novella Wit In Love The Globe and Mail said: ""This little surprise package may be one of the best and funniest books published in Canada this year."" Dr. Gilbert holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.Review:
"Guilty is pleasure . . . fabulous." —The Village Voice
"Gilbert is a world class rambler . . . nothing but entertaining." —The Toronto Star
"A fictional 'memoir of a reclusive American literary icon' in the voice of 'cranky old' J.D. Salinger . . . Gibert's prose (which has always been Salingeresque) skips along as smartly and readably as ever." —The Globe and Mail
"A well-paced and provocative book that sets itself an enormous creative challenge." —Quill & Quire
"Brother Dumb is especially fascinating when he talks about art and culture, the publishing industry, what makes a work of art successful and the perils of fame." —Now Magazine
"Gilbert's story of art and refusal is rich with reminders of the existential vicissitudes of corporeal existence, and of how pain shuns the spotlight of language." —Canadian Literature
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