Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

March 12, 2020 - Comment

A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo A New York Times New & Noteworthy book From the singular voices behind Tom and Lorenzo comes the ultimate guide to all-things RuPaul’s Drag Race and

A definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race as a touchstone, by the creators of the pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo

A New York Times New & Noteworthy book

From the singular voices behind Tom and Lorenzo comes the ultimate guide to all-things RuPaul’s Drag Race and its influence on modern LGBTQ culture. Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is RuPaul’s Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century. In doing so, Drag Race became not only a repository of queer history and culture, but also an examination and illustration of queer life in the modern age. It is a snapshot of how LGBTQ folks live, struggle, work, and reach out to one another–and how they always have–and every bit of it is tied directly to Drag Race. Each chapter is an examination of a specific aspect of the show–the Werk Room, the Library, the Pit Crew, the runway, the Untucked lounge, the Snatch Game–that ties to a specific aspect of queer cultural history and/or the work of certain legendary figures in queer cultural history.

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Anonymous says:

Needed & Fabulous! For someone who grew up in a culture where “gay” was a byword in the 60s, whose acquaintance with drag and indeed most LGBTQ issues began late in life, Legendary Children is a much needed primer as well as a celebration. I cried within the first ten pages. I laughed within the first ten pages. As an avid listener of TLo, their voices shine through, but don’t get in the way of the story. This is no ego fest, but a love song. Read it, as TLo recommended, at your desktop (boomer), with your…

Anonymous says:

Fabulous Attended the book tour and the excerpt that was read already taught me so much. I can’t wait to dive into this book!

Anonymous says:

Fabulous and very very smart Joy to read — Gossipy detailed analysis of Drag Race in relationship to the history of drag. You learn how culture — especially cultural life of marginalized groups — works within the dramatic, theatrical and Very Real Lives of performers, activists, and everyday people. Just a fun read, quick-paced and I learned a lot — including the historical and cultural gestures of the lipstick sign-off. Highly Recommended.

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