BOOK Tinderbox

FREE PDF É BOOK Tinderbox Ä ROBERT W. FIESELER ä [Download] ➵ Tinderbox By Robert W. Fieseler – Buried for decades the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement In revelatory detail Robert W Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that c Fusing proper burial rights the city impervious to the survivors’ needs revealing a world of toxic prejudice that thrived well past Stonewall Yet the impassioned activism that followed proved essential to the emergence of a fledgling gay movement Tinderbox restores honor to a forgotten generation of civil rights martyrs TinderboxRobert W FieselerBook Review | 📚📚📚📚 45This is a must read for anyone interested in LGBT historyWhy I was interested in reading this book The prologue talked about the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub and how so many people from all walks of life rallied together to show their support and recognize the tragedy as an American tragedy not just a gay one It then compared that public response to a very unknown tragedy from the 1970s that fought to even get its own community to publicly rally together during a time of need I had not heard of the fire at the Up Stairs Lounge The book did a great job piecing together the personal accounts of the traumatic experience from personal testimonies to public records and other publicationsThe book’s formatThe book was presented in three parts Before the fire The fire itself The aftermath following the fireMy assessmentAuthor Robert Fieseler did a great job citing all of the sources to back up his fact based statements There were hundreds of footnotes As a textbook that is terrific and it definitely lent credibility to the depiction of the tragedy Unfortunately it also made the book feel like a textbook But the reader should get past that The second issue was that there seemed to be an identity crisis in how the story was told There were parts that were again very fact based and testimonies that were called out as coming from interviews and articles There were other parts that felt like a story The Before the Fire part of the book seemed to have the most push pull of narrative testimony and author commentary that seemed to be a little cliche in its descriptions But the reader should get past that While that type of disconnect made it difficult to connect with the people being depicted it did help set the stage for the following sectionsThe section that told the story of the fire itself was so fast paced and dynamic that I could not stop reading it This is why the readers should forgive the first section’s writing style The second section really makes it feel like the reader is in the moment along side the victims and survivors It was emotional and realistic making it difficult to not feel empathy for all involvedThe final section of the book really did a good job of illustrating the chaos of what occurred in the aftermath This part of the book was well written and offered eual parts that frustrated the reader with its hopelessness while also offering hopeReaders should get past the first section while making sure to pay attention to who the characters are and then the rest of the book will go uickly This is an important book The author’s premise to share this piece of history now to gain public awareness of the fire and also the challenges of being gay in the 1970s is validated and an important historic “never forget” book about one story within the fabric of the LGBT family in the United StatesStories of the human conditionWhat I find most important about this story is that it truly shows a broad spectrum of the human condition the spirit to overcome adversity the pain of tragedy and loss the struggle and fight to survive the inspiration of hope As a story it packs a punch That it is a true story makes it all the emotional and important TAGS#RobertWFieseler #review book #bookreview #TuggleGrassBlues #Tinderbox #UpStairsLounge DISCLAIMER I received this book via Netgalley for the purposes of a review I reuested this book because it seemed fell into my wheelhouse of what I am most interested in This review can also be read on my blog

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Buried for decades the Up Stairs Lounge tragedy has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement In revelatory detail Robert W Fieseler chronicles the tragic event that claimed the lives of thirty one men and one woman on June 24 1973 at a New Orleans bar the largest mass murder of gays until Written in the wake of the Pulse shooting Tinderbox recounts the untold story of the fire at the Up Stairs Lounge a senseless act of arson in 1973 that killed dozens of gay men and destroyed one of New Orleans’ central working class gay bars The book is divided into three parts with the first focusing on the events leading up to the fire as well as the fire itself the second on the tragedy’s immediate aftermath the third on community leaders’ attempt to memorialize the long forgotten disaster decades after it happened Across all three sections author Robert Fieseler sketches moving portraits of the fire’s victims and he precisely charts the state of gay life in New Orleans during the seventies Fieseler unfortunately is far less successful in connecting the fire to the rise of gay liberation which comes across as a force alien to the deeply closeted city and the book’s thesis isn’t entirely clear Tinderbox has many compelling scenes but the author often seems uncertain about the significance of the fire

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Tinderbox2016 Relying on unprecedented access to survivors and archives Fieseler creates an indelible portrait of a closeted blue collar gay world that flourished before an arsonist ignited an inferno that destroyed an entire community The aftermath was no less traumatic families ashamed to claim loved ones the Catholic Church re For all its libertine reputation it wasn’t easy to be yourself as a gay man in New Orleans in 1972 One of the places that made it easier was an upstairs bar known as the Up Stairs Lounge The bar was freuented mostly by working class gay men and the efforts of the bar manager ensured that it was a home for these folks and their friends It even served as the location for the local MCC services for a timeIt was a safe place or as safe as one could be which meant that when an arsonist started the fire that burned 32 individuals alive and injured many others the heart was cut out of New Orleans’ gay cultureThe author relates the story of the disastrous fire its aftermath and the long term effects on gay liberation in this beautifully written and often devastating book He teases out the many threads and with the benefit of hindsight situates the Up Stairs Lounge in terms of the burgeoning national gay movement as well as in local politics This is an important book when it comes to understanding our history