Freezer Door

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Authors: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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  • Publisher : Semiotext(e) (November 24, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1635901286
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1635901283

A meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity.

When you turn the music off, and suddenly you feel an unbearable sadness, that means turn the music back on, right? When you still feel the sadness, even with the music, that means there's something wrong with this music. Sometimes I feel like sex without context isn't sex at all. And sometimes I feel like sex without context is what sex should always be.
The Freezer Door

The Freezer Door records the ebb and flow of desire in daily life. Crossing through loneliness in search of communal pleasure in Seattle, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore exposes the failure and persistence of queer dreams, the hypocritical allure of gay male sexual culture, and the stranglehold of the suburban imagination over city life.

Ferocious and tender, The Freezer Door offers a complex meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that relentlessly enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity while claiming to celebrate diversity.


I really love Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's The Freezer Door. In a happy paradoxcommon to great literature, it's a book about not belonging that made me feeldeeply less alone. I so admire its appetite to get down and dirty,to wield non sequitur with grace and power, to ponder the past while stickingwith the present, to quest unceasingly. I stand deeply inspired and instructedby its great wit, candor, inventiveness, and majesty.
--Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's The Freezer Door is the kind of book Iread in excited bursts, then had to put down for a minute to absorb. I gasped,I laughed out loud on public transportation, I felt seen and changed and sorelieved to live at the same time as this truth-telling genius. How lucky weall are to have this meditation on bodies, sex, friendship, cities, loss,loneliness, and, of course, pleasure!
--Andrea Lawlor,author of Paul Takes the Form of a MortalGirl

About the Author

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (mattildabernsteinsycamore.com) is the author of three novels and a memoir and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2014, and her previous book, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her novel Sketchtasy, was one of NPR's Best Books of 2018. She lives in Seattle.