i hope the food tastes better in heaven
i know there's lots of rad queer boys up there
i hope everytime they talk to you
they know they're lucky to be your friend
It took me a while to hear that Sasha Soldatow had died. And reading some of his papers at the archives on Sunday I realised how little I know about him. Only really what I'd gleaned from Jump Cuts.
He was a radical queer whose blunt loving honesty jumps from the page to remind you of truths you had hoped were not forgotten. And they say he was a good cook, friend and gardener. What more could you want to be?
There are obits at:
The Australian, 15 Sep 06, by Bruce Sims and George Papaellinas
Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Sep 06 by David Marr
And a beautiful personal one by Pam Brown with great photos. This one really makes me want to live more. And eat more fungi.
You can also check out Sasha's pamphlet from the 80s: What is this Gay Community Shit? The Sydney Gay Mardi Gras and the Left. Worth a read for sure. There's some good analysis of where things went terribly wrong, some stuff about homo-misogyny and also he calls folks "honkytonks".
It's also strange that now my favourite pickle has a new cousin, 1 day old and also called Sasha. Maybe this bodes well for the new little one.