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About Amos Lassen


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When I began my review site I was living in Arkansas but I have since relocated to the greater Boston area and am now living in Brookline, Massachusetts. After living in Arkansas for six and a half years, it was time to move on and while I have nothing bad to say about it, Arkansas limited me in many ways. Nonetheless, I was lucky to land there after Hurricane Katrina and not somewhere else. What follows is the original information about me.

I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in what is now notoriously known as the ninth ward the hardest hit area by the storm. I was scheduled to teach at the University of New Orleans two weeks after the storm hit, but Katrina changed all of that.

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I grew up in New Orleans but left right after I finished my M.A. and moved to Israel. I had always been active in Jewish youth groups and knew I was destined to go to Israel to live and the war in Vietnam was nipping at my heels. I figured that if I had to go to war, I might as well fight for something I really believed in. I got to Israel just before the outbreak of  The Six Day War in 1967 and stayed for many years. I never thought I would return to America but a serious offer came my way and I decided to come back for two years in 2005. No sooner had I arrived than I was hit by the storm and my life changed completely. Knowing I would be here for a while, I brought everything with me and all was lost. I actually was evacuated by the National Guard and flown to Arkansas. I spend several months living at the Red Cross shelter in Pine Bluff and then went on to Little Rock which I  called home. Let me say this to you all, you cannot imagine what it is like to suddenly realize that you have nothing.Things that we take for granted like band aids,scotch tape, a screwdriver suddenly become luxuries. It is a rude awakening to realize that the books and the movies you love, your favorite shirt, your diplomas and your credentials have been lost forever. To be yanked away from your memories, from your material possessions and from everything you know and to be brought to a strange place and have to start all over again is not easy. I must say that the people of Arkansas were wonderful and after a year of not really knowing who I was, I finally felt at home. However, life is about moving on.

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I have always been somewhat of an activist. Marching for civil rights, integrating the New Orleans public school faculties by being the first white teacher in a black school, speaking up for what I believe in have always been a part of me. Having come out when teaching at a rich boy’s private school way back when was a decision I made and when I did, I left the closet far behind. I cannot look at intolerance and stand by quietly. This does not mean that I’m not discrete. I do not believe in throwing ideas or issues in the face of people but, on the other hand, I will not allow intolerance to be part of my life. In Israel, I was a founder of the Society for the Protection of Personal Privilege which eventually became the gay liberation movement of the country and we sued El AL Airlines for domestic partnership rights and won. This was the breakthrough and Israel has gone on to be the most tolerant place in the Middle East for gays and lesbians. There is a brand new gay community center in Tel Aviv and I suppose we are directly responsible for the change of the government’s policies on gay life. In fact, Israel is on her way to becoming the center of European gay life. All of the noise about World Pride and the religious issues are really not what they seem. The American media has a way of distorting things, as we all know.

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I have also always been an academic. My fields are gay studies and existential philosophy and I am currently working on two projects: one is an existential view on the raising of gay consciousness and the other is a book on growing up gay and Jewish in the South.

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Let me thank all of you for reading my posts. Now I have reviews to write so I had better get back to work.

in the sinai--amos and yossiThe picture above was taken in 1976 in the Sinai Peninsula before it was returned to Egypt. With me is my ex. You see the waters of the Red Sea on the right.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. M J Webb

    I saw your post and thought I’d chance my arm. I was wondering how I submit for review my self published novel, Jake West – The Keeper of the Stones? It’s available worldwide having been written and published for my children, though I am struggling to market it myself due to limited finance and time, despite an excellent reaction from all who’ve read it.
    You have a great reputation and…… Well, I thought I’d ask. Thanks.

    M J Webb

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  2. Etienne Desrsosiers

    Dear Amos,
    Thank you very much for your kind review of “Mirrors”. It is very nicely written and as a director having such intelligent critics about my film, especially a short, is a joy.
    Nonetheless, could I ask you to remove the streaming film from your blog, notably because it is still in its dvd release time frame with Peccadillo and Salzgeber. It might also come to your knowledge that this initiative is not permitted without legal agreements. Thanking you for your understanding and congratulating you agin for your acurate critics, I wish you a great day. Etienne

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  4. Thomas Donnelly

    I’ve seen your reviews of movies on Amazon for many years and came to search for your insightful comments about movies with which I had questions about seeing. You were/are better than the NY Times or the Guardian. I had no idea who you are. I imagined with a name like Amos you might be black. I also greatly appreciated your opinions on gay movies which I often rent – you commented on the plot and character development and not on soft pornography that might be of prurient interest. So, I watched the movie Concrete Nights (Finland, 2013) and loved the style, but was confused about the stories – I thought it might be about post sexual assault distress in the boy, or inhibited homosexuality, or just depressing nihilism of the poor trapped in welfare. Your review, which I Found on your website (Which I found by searching for reviews on the movie) was a blessing. I Loved reading about your life, your outspokenness, your life in Israel. Thank you so much for creating your website and sharing your opinions. And I love your comment on losing it all – I have been there twice in my life, and am so grateful for the welcoming love shown to me my friends, colleagues, and students in my new locations.

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  5. Fiona Tanner

    Amos, it was affirming to read about your beliefs and your actions. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of your life through your words. I saw your review on John’s book Tau bada The Quest and Memoir of A Vulnerable Man, and want to thank you for it. We have shared your review the last couple of days. Fiona.

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