By Tim Miller
This article brings jointly the private, communal, and nationwide political strands that interweave throughout the author's paintings from its beginnings and defines his position as a modern artist, activist, and homosexual guy.
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Speaking of boyfriends, I have been writing a lot these days about my relationship with my lover, Alistair. S. citizenship, for many years we have been dealing with the septic tank of homophobic INS rules and regulations that determine how we can make a life together. This is quite a challenge on top of negotiating the garden-variety difﬁculties that any two men have in trying to relate to each other. Since I keep trying to stay true to my crazy notion that I should always write about what is most truly on the front burner in my life, I am naturally trying to get down on paper in the book I’m currently writing the steak tartar of feelings that this existential binational relationship is bringing up.
But there weren’t enough to go around. This came after the lawnmower dance and before the lifelike recreation of the Hindenburg disaster. People liked being that close to me. . It isn’t unreasonable to just want a little order in your life. But sometimes that’s too much to ask for and you just have to sweep everything into a pile and forget about things making sense or ﬁtting together. Maybe this is where faith or something comes in. Or maybe you just get your brains blown out by a big gun. .
Most people sensibly maintain some pretty ﬁxed boundaries about what is and is not available for public consumption. To “rim and tell” loudmouths like me, these boundaries just function as a tempting dare to dive into what I hope might be a deeper, more naked truth. I have kept a journal consistently since I was in ﬁfth grade. The fact that I ﬁrst picked up a spiral notebook at the age of ten and began writing daily about what happened to me is every bit as important a detail about who I am as the fact that when I was fourteen I realized that I was gay and that it was my fate to love the boy next door.