Chemical Palace by Fiona McGregor

By Fiona McGregor

This novel trips into the center of the Sydney, Australia queer dance-party tradition. It follows a bunch of acquaintances via their lives of raves, relationships, and artistic endeavors as they fight opposed to the adversity of harsh urban existence to create bacchanalian fantasies. Their interwoven paths of creativity, hedonism, tragedy, and love bring about celebrations and rituals whose echoes sound all through their lives lengthy after dawn. Depicted via prose that captures the rhythms of the dance golf equipment are the warmth, the sweat, the surplus, the paintings in the back of the play, and the fallow sessions of stillness and foment.

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Plans for outfits, plans for party designs. I’d like to make something totally over the top for traffic where I can really use my creativity. There’s nothing better than when I can actually make something I’m passionate about, there’s no better feeling. I think what I’d really like to do is create big theatre sets but how can I? Who’ll hire me? So going overseas seems the best option. I’ve got nothing to lose. traffic doesn’t want to go though. Sometimes I think I’m scared of her or maybe it’s just that I’m scared of losing her.

Boy drag all round. Billy slicked her bob back from a centre part, its faded orange a perfect foil for the vintage car tie and a dark brown suit. Bee went for the paisley with flares and wide lapels, pushing her long amber hair into a black mop wig. Shifty applied unctuous moustache and goatie, emulating the look of a gangster from old Shanghai. Billy was finicky with her moustaches, always using her own hair, cutting gluing and trimming it to perfection. traffic went tieless in a safari suit and long white socks, hiding her grown-out mohawk beneath a pith helmet.

What’ve I done now? I can’t even get it out of the tube. It’s really annoying. Christ Bee, you sound like I feel. Are you about to bleed? Don’t trivialise what I’m saying Shifty! I’m not, you self-righteous harridan, you’re not the only one! The phone’s ringing. Put some clothes on will you traffic. Why? It’s hot. Don’t interrupt her, she’s picking her pubes. For you, my darling lover, I’m preening myself for you. Yeh well two other people live here y’know. The light’s better here. Save it for your girlfriend.

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