“Avidly Reads Making Out” by Kathryn Bond Stockton— A Non Binary Childhood

Stockton, Kathryn Bond. “Avidly Reads Making Out”, NYU Press, 2019.

A Non Binary Childhood

Amos Lassen

“Avidly Reads is a series of short books about how culture makes us feel. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood and Sarah Mesle, Avidly—an online magazine supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books—specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to thinking and feeling. Avidly Reads is an exciting new series featuring books that are part memoir, part cultural criticism, each bringing to life the author’s emotional relationship to a cultural artifact or experience. Avidly Reads invites us to explore the surprising pleasures and obstacles of everyday life.”

Kathryn Bond Stockton sees making out as a prism through which to look at the cultural and political forces of our world: race, economics, childhood, books, and movies.  This is Stockton’s memoir about a non-binary childhood before that idea existed in her world. We think about kissing as we go with Stockton “to the bedroom, to the closet, to the playground, to the movies, and to solitary moments with a book, the ultimate source of pleasure.”

Here is the Table of Contents:

Preface xi

1. Making Out Is Kissing, Reading,

Sex with Ideas 1

  1. 2. Making Out Enterings, Outings,
    and Remains 15
  2. 3. Communal Making Out 55
  3. 4. Just Say No to Making Out 89
  4. 5. Making Out the Face 125

Coda 145

Acknowledgments 149

Notes 153

About the Author 161

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