Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dresses Like White Elephants, by Meg Elison


(Uncanny Horror) Beni’s a drag queen who reads minds, and he’s shopping for a new dress and the story that goes with it. (2,538 words; Time: 08m)

"Dresses Like White Elephants," by (edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas), appeared in issue 34, published on .

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Review: 2020.291 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: If you like clothes, you’ll probably enjoy this. Beni’s art depends on expressing the feelings of women, and he gets though through his gift.

Con: You know how gay men are really attuned to fashion and know exactly how to make people look nice? Well, I didn’t get that part. The long descriptions of how the clothes were made and what was good and what wasn’t just bored me to tears. The speculative part of the story was a very tiny bit.

When I was an activist in San Francisco back in the 1980s and 90s, I worked with quite a few drag queens, and Beni really didn’t seem like any of them to me, but I guess one size doesn’t fit all.

Other Reviews: Search Web
Meg Elison Info: Interviews, Websites, ISFDB, FreeSFOnline

Follow RSR on Twitter, Facebook, RSS, or E-mail.

1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. My impression was this wasn't just Beni. That this entire second-hand wedding dress market worked this way. One buys the dresses by taking on all the feelings associated with them.