Katherine Dunn, the original Freakmother, makes muses of monstrosity in her 1989 masterpiece, about a bizarrely geek-inspired, traveling circus family, born of the stale kernels of boxing reports and advice columns—a celebration of human adaptability trans-parented into a thrilling tale of self-awakening for all the freaks!
What dormant mutant genius will Geek Love awaken in you?
Geek Love is our fourth book read together, and its themes are timely—cultish fervor, freaks, geeks, genetic engineering, sexual fetishism, Otherness versus Normality, the exaltation of the sacred and the profane. What’s not to love?
“They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.”—Katherine Dunn
Meet Your Hosts
Carmen Leilani De Jesus
Carmen Leilani is known for her ability to take the form of the Muse you need the most.
Adept at scenting, absorbing and honoring Shadows & Chaos as well as transmuting them into Order & Light like a Turbo Tonglen Machine. In her free time, she enjoys freezing eigenstates out of the Quanta and recreational ego annihilation (for HerSelf and Others).
Oliver C Rabinovitch
Restlessly seeking rest, Oliver is full of contradictions. After apprenticing in corporate propaganda in the early years of the 21st century he applied himself loosely to anti-corporate projects. Fascinated by the human capacity to reflect one another, Oliver is intensely himself and not, in dense successions. Finding a fluid path between homes, he slides between views, alongside allies and enemies, leveraging the psychotic with the sane. Today he finds himself co-oping with psychotomimetic patience in a virtual waiting room, abiding for any singular-hilarity to happenstance by.
As your resident #litgeeks, we aspire to serve a reading experience and conversation that deepens, enlightens, connects, and cultivates radical understanding. We look forward to reading with you!
The Book We’re Reading
Katherine Dunn, the original Freakmother, makes muses of monstrosity in her 1989 masterpiece, about a bizarrely geek-inspired, traveling circus family, born of the stale kernels of boxing reports and advice columns—a celebration of human adaptability t …
Complementary Reading and Additional Media
A group reading of Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, July 25 – September 1, 2016.
In this hangout on July 28, 2016, we explore ideas from both the novel and one another’s personal experiences. It’s a LIVE Freak out!