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Betsky, Aaron, Queer Space: Architecture and Same-Sex Desire. New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc. 1997.

Betsky attempts in his book to try and describe what he means by the phrase, “queer spaces.” It is a kind of space that he finds liberating, and that he thinks might help everyone avoid some of the imprisoning characteristics of the modern city. It is useless, amoral, and sensual space that lives only in and for experience. It is a misuse or deformation of a place, an appropriation of the buildings and codes of the city for perverse purposes. It is a space in between the body and technology, a space of pure artiface. Queer spaces have their origins in the “closet,” the “mirror,” the “gesture,” and in the theatrical scene “of myth, of stories of which you do not know whether they are true or not.” Betsky identifies what he believes have been historically “queer space,” and whay they are queer, beginning with the “Kanigara Men’s House” in New Guinea and moving to the present describing spaces like Frank Israel’s Bedroom in a Goldberg-Bean designed house (Los Angeles, 1992) and into future queer spaces. [L. McReynolds]