Co-publication of Toronto Photographers Workshop and Riverbank Press
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Preface : Don't cry for me, Project P / by John Greyson [p. 1-4] -- Introduction / by Lorraine Johnson [p. 5-8] -- Sideways glaces : looking at porn, looking at art / by Lorraine Johnson [p. 9-24] -- Mega scenes [photographs] / by Ho Tam [p. 25-28] -- The Wardens of memory / by Robin Metcalfe [p. 29-42] -- On children, innocence, and definitions of sex / by Mary Louise Adams [p. 43-50] -- Children and sex / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 51-52] -- Blind bird in flight [excerpt from a novel-in-progress] / by Hamish Buchanan [p. 53-58] -- Children and art / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 59-60] -- Please don't touch the art : sex, art, and controversy in Canada's public museums / by Su Ditta [p. 61-80] -- Seizure story / by Kiss & Tell [i.e. Persimmon Blackbridge, Lizard Jones and Susan Stewart] [p. 81-84] -- Community standards, artistic merit, and the censorship of the arts / by Brenda Cossman [p. 85-98] -- Community standards / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 99-100] -- Archaeology and censorship / by Thomas Waugh [p. 101-118] -- Forbidden sex / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 119-120] -- Aha [photographs] / by Shonogh Adelman [p. 121-124] -- More chilling tales : a series of memory sketches / by Elaine Carol [p. 125-134] -- Homophobia / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 135-136] -- Uncompromising positions : anti-cencorship, anti-racism, and the visual arts / by Richard Fung [p. 137-150] -- Hate / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 151-152] -- Accountability, elitism, access, and censorship : a dialogue between two professional arts bureaucrats / as imagined by Andrew James Paterson [p. 153-162] -- Culture as a censorship shell-game / by John Marriott [p. 163-170] -- Accountability / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 171-172] -- If pornography is the theory, is inequality the practice? / by Thelma McCormack [p. 173192] -- Empowerment / compiled by Lorraine Johnson [p. 193]
“John Greyson … has published numerous projects, many masquerading as writing, all using his unique and convoluted strategem of fiction contained within ‘reality’ (a word which Nabokov claims must always be enclosed by quotes) contained within additional layers of fiction and ‘reality.’ The whole is immersed in a lesser or greater atmosphere of ironic but restrained intelligence, a characteristic which we might find akin to ‘camp.’
"This book came to its current form by a rather circuitous route. It is an amalgam of two projects: a compendium of John’s queer writings for Art Metropole, and a publication that developed out of an exhibition of John’s video and film at The Power Plant, curated by Barbara Fisher. As the video, film, writing and cartoon format works are all manifestations of John’s particular deviant style, they make appropriate bedfellows.
"John has reworked all of the projects herein, so that in addition to being a record of a history of media activity, they also continue that activity. The one exception is the transcript to his film, Urinal, which is faithful to the completed film, although not to the original script.”
– from the preface, Reality, by AA Bronson.
A queer film classic on John Greyson`s controversial 1993 film musical about the AIDS crisis...which refutes the legend of patient zero, the male flight attendant accused of bringing the AIDS crisis to nNorth America