The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard by Tom LegerIn all honesty and transparency, Im giving this 3 stars instead of 2 or 1 solely because it is what it is and Im glad that something of its kind does exist. But 3 stars is generous just considering the quality of the writing here. And of course quality will vary among stories in any anthology, but way too many of these stories are just bad bad irredeemably are-you-kidding-me who-would-publish-this-shit bad. Some were just plain poorly written, like -- sentence-level poorly written. Some just didnt have memorable characters. A few too many centered around trans dude protagonists who were being wronged in some way by their girlfriends. At least one was a shitty Kathy Acker rip-off. One story probably had the absolute most boring narrative arch possible, in which a kid who works at a coffee shop is misgendered by stock character after stock character until finally at the storys end one customer stands up for him and says -- climax! -- His name is Sam. Which, you know, Im not saying that being misgendered doesnt suck, just that this sucks does not also inherently extend into meaning this sucky thing will make for a compelling story. There was another story in which the climactic moment is a dude mouthing off to his doctor about his use of the phrase biologically male. Which again, shitty! But does not! an interesting! story make!
There was only one story that was really great in every way, Casey Pletts Other Women. It was complex and full of characters that felt real and was funny but not hokey and at the same time managed to be one of the only stories to deal with sexual assault. Which is weird, because sexual assault and rape are actual real fucked up things that happen to trans people? And this anthology is full of stories about dudes who are bored with their service jobs and stories about goofy cartoonish trans superheroes and stories about dead/undead lovers or time travel that dont make literal OR metaphorical sense. But really, Im okay with having wasted my time reading every awful story I did because at least I got Pletts story out of it! Maybe dont read this anthology and just buy her book instead. To be fair, there were a handful of other stories that I did enjoy, even if I wasnt floored by them. Notably, Susan Jane Bigelow, Red Durkin, and Imogen Binnies stories. I wanted to like Ryka Aokis story but it fell real flat for me at the end.
I know that good writing by trans authors exists in the this terrible world, so Im chalking the failings of this anthology up to the editors. Im going to guess that they didnt do great outreach for this project. Which is also evident in how little race or class is even mentioned in any of these stories. I do appreciate that they wanted to publish writers who are less established and have never published before but good grief I knooooooow there are unpublished writers out there who are writing good stories. I know it! My one hope is just that now that Topside Press is a little more established they could do a second collection that might attract better writing. And actually my one other hope is that a couple of trans women edit it because I am NOT here for Tom and Riley.
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