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Larry-bob Roberts

August 27, 2012

Larry-bob Roberts

Larry-bob Roberts has been described as “The Stephen Colbert of queer culture.” Since 1989 he has published in print and now online the zine Holy Titclamps. Along with Kirk Read, he co-hosts the monthly spoken word series Smack Dab at Magnet in the Castro. His book, The International Homosexual Conspiracy, published by Manic D. Press, contains 88 short essays on a range of topics. He’s been involved in local San Francisco politics, including a stint as Vice President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. He maintains the local events website Queer Things To Do in San Francisco.

1. What is your hometown?

Born in Boston but raised in St. Paul, Minnesota

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Daniel Weinreb from Thomas Disch’s On Wings of Song.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

John Cusack is the same age as me.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Autobiography of an Androgyne (published 1918) and The Female Impersonators (1922) by Ralph Werther.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Don’t own one of those, but have been watching videos of Elizabeth Fraser’s recent concert at Antony’s Meltdown Festival.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

I’m more likely to see movies that make me scream than ones that make me cry.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Grew up with dogs, most recent pets were cats.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10.    How do you define sin?

A construct that might be helpful for those without an internal moral compass.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Respecting one’s own boundaries.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

“The meaning of life is the creation of art” carved in black granite.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Bard Cole

Holy Titclamps
Queer Things To Do in San Francisco

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