Artist Martine Syms on the Queer Epic Novel You Need to Read


“I recently read a book called Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, by Andrea Lawlor. It’s an epic, but set in 1990s alternative communities from Iowa to San Francisco, with a brief detour via Chicago. A lot of the book is a commentary on the minutiae of subcultures. It’s a mythic structure – Paul is this seducer who has the ability to switch genders, so Paul can become Polly. It’s an insane and amazing book – it references queer literature and theory, but it’s super…

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