JOE IS JOE

Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6pm EST







JOE IS JOE
a reading performance from Joe Westmoreland’s 2001 classic novel Tramps Like Us
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6pm EST

Hosted by Eileen Myles and Tom Cole

With special guests: Brontez Purnell, Erin Kimmel, Samuel Delany, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Tony Stinkmetal, Lori E. Seid, Ryan McGinley, Johanna Fateman, Roberta Colindrez, and with music by Anohni

This event includes live ASL interpretation by Candace Davider

Tramps Like Us tells a virtually unknown saga of Joe and his buddies and girlfriends on a queer journey through 70s and 80s United States. Tramps lifts the lid on that increasingly utopian analog and mystic searching party time (sweet punk psychedelia) fueled by a flight from repressive family violence dropping us off at the traumatic edge of the early AIDS crisis. Joe banishes the cliché of the 70s and 80s by telling a really deep and felt account of sex and friendship before anyone or anything told us to stop.
































Video player image: Qalbee Cohee and Joe Westmoreland, Land’s End Cliffs in San Francisco, Summer ’79. [In a grainy, high contrast black and white image, two young gay men in leather jackets are smiling as one leans over and kisses the other.]

Background image by Eileen Myles
[A color photogragh at a 45 degree cant of a classic western American landscape. It looks like midday, partly sunny with some semi-ominous rain clouds in the sky, mountains in the background, and an empty 2-lane highway in the foreground.]