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Men in Eden: William Drummond Stewart and Same-Sex Desire in the Rocky Mountain

RESCHEDULED to 3/6/2013!

*Starred Review* Don’t let the subtitle scare you off from this engrossing, eminently readable study of one of the most intriguing figures in the history of the Old West. Stewart (1795–1871) was a Scottish aristocrat who from 1833 to 1837 went west annually in the company of fur-trading company suppliers en route to the annual rendezvous of the mountain men. Thanks to his military service, he was a crack shot, hard rider, and skilled commander—attainments that, along with his habit of packing plenty of good wines, spirits, and fancy duds for the voyage, made traders and trappers alike accept him. He always had in tow some young men, late teens to early twenties, looking for adventure and perhaps more. A historian of sexuality whose scholarly bailiwick is the early American republic, Benemann makes his case by means of documentary evidence that implies and indicates far more than it states. His interpretation is entirely plausible, and meanwhile he tells in satisfying detail the stories of Stewart’s wanderings, capped by his 1843 last-hurrah expedition with a hefty contingent of his preferred young companions, whose adventures, climaxing in a month-long Renaissance fair in the wilderness, are numerous and exciting enough to pack a western movie with action. An altogether exceptional book. - From Booklist

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  • Blue M.

    RADAR event tonight - March 7,[masked] PM (Reception at 6 pm)

    Sister Spit! featuring Michelle Tea, Ali Liebegott, Daniel LeVesque, TextaQueen, DavEnd and Tamara Llosa-Sandor

    California College of the Arts - Timken Hall
    [masked]th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    March 7, 2013

  • Miriam

    In case anyone enjoys maps/visuals, this is kind of neat:

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    for the life of me, I can't get unto this book... looking forward to joining next month!

    March 2, 2013

  • Miriam

    So I believe this is being pushed off a week, to Wednesday March 6th, per discussion w/ Eli yesterday. Hope that works well for everyone...

    February 25, 2013

  • Ian

    How would folks feel about changing the meeting time of the gay fur trappers book to the Wednesday after this one (March 6)? Could you make that date? Does it not work for you?

    February 22, 2013

  • Miriam

    So, I've already bought & started reading the book but I suspect I'm the only this enough time for other people to buy it & read it? I'm worried that two weeks might be cutting it close for some people.
    Also, I'm really enjoying it. It's more readable than you might expect.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Becky

      Considering going to this meetup and reading it. Do you think I could finish it by then? I suppose I would buy it for my iPad so that part would be easy enough. And I suppose even if I didn't finish could still be fun...

      February 21, 2013

  • Ian

    my friend's birthday party's that day; sorry to miss it :(

    February 20, 2013

  • Miriam

    (Also, since we've already met twice this year I'm imagining it might not be a stretch to push our 3rd meeting to March.)

    February 11, 2013

    • Ian

      i support this idea. also, i know someone who wants to come but would prefer an east bay location. though as far as san francisco cafes go i'm partial to wicked grounds.

      February 11, 2013

    • Miriam

      Yeah, Wicked Grounds was a great location.

      February 14, 2013

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