Plastic Jesus by Poppy Z. Brite
Whenever I’m sick or I can’t sleep, I read TVTropes. Much like the Internet itself, it is infinite, so there’s no lack of new or interesting things to read about or analyze–I’m particularly fond of alternate interpretations of certain properties. While working my way around TVTropes, I stumbled upon a reference to Plastic Jesus, a novella by Poppy Z. Brite. It sounded interesting–what if a Beatles analogue had affected the course of gay rights? But getting my hands on a copy proved difficult. Physical copies are obtainable at upwards of thirty dollars on Amazon, and my usual thrift stores are nowhere near getting a novella like Plastic Jesus donated. But finally, I found a copy of it available on Barnes & Noble’s website, as an eBook. It was even half off, so I knew it was time to cross it off the list.