Secret Places

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Secret Places

My Life in New York & New Guinea

By Tobias Schneebaum; David Bergman (Contribution by)

University of Wisconsin Press, Hardcover, 9780299169909, 168pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2000

In the swamps of Asmat in West New Guinea, Tobias Schneebaum -- traveler, writer, painter, explorer -- finds the way of life that suits him best. Secret Places reels readers into a world of storytellers and sorcerers, cannibals and carvers, a place where Schneebaum discovers his soulmates and his own soul.

Looking back at a life of wild adventure, Schneebaum seeks in Secret Places to intertwine the varied strands of his experience, pondering the parallel universes of his experience as a gay Jewish New Yorker and his years among the Asmat. The result illuminates both worlds -- as when he juxtaposes the Asmat celebration of the spirits of the dead with a New York City plagued by AIDS and its own sad spirits.

About the Author
Schneebaum was assistant to the curator of the asmat museum of culture and progress in Irian Jaya, Indonesia from 1973 to 1983. Since then he has lectured widely and curated several exhibitions on Asmat art.

David Bergman is Professor of English at Towson University and the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Self-Representation in American Literature and The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture. He is also the editor of John Ashbery's Reported Sightings and The Violet Quill Reader. Bergman has won the Lambda Literary Prize for Men on Men 2000 and the George Elliston Poetry Prize for Cracking the Code, the first of four books of poetry. His essays have appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, and Raritan.