A Room with a View: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Jordy Rosenberg

Join us as we celebrate the forthcoming release of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book, The Freezer Door.

Part of the A Room with a View series.

Join us as we celebrate the forthcoming release of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book, The Freezer Door, published by Semiotext(e). The evening will be hosted by the author of Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg. 

The event will take place on Zoom. A link to join the conversation will be provided shortly before the event.


About The Freezer Door: A meditation on the trauma and possibility of searching for connection in a world that enforces bland norms of gender, sexual, and social conformity.

The Freezer Door records the ebb and flow of desire in daily life. Crossing through loneliness in search of communal pleasure in Seattle, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore exposes the failure and persistence of queer dreams, the hypocritical allure of gay male sexual culture, and the stranglehold of the suburban imagination over city life.

I really love Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s The Freezer Door. In a happy paradox common to great literature, it’s a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone. I so admire its appetite to get down and dirty, to wield non sequitur with grace and power, to ponder the past while sticking with the present, to quest unceasingly. I stand deeply inspired and instructed by its great wit, candor, inventiveness, and majesty.” 

—Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of three novels and a memoir, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco (City Lights), won a Lambda Literary Award, and her anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (AK Press), was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Hermost recent novel, Sketchtasy (Arsenal Pulp Press), was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Sycamore’s writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Bookforum, Boston Review, BOMB, The Baffler, Fence, Ploughshares, New Inquiry, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. Sycamore’s novels include So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy.er anthologies include Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.

Her next anthology, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2021. Mattilda is currently working on Touching the Art, a book about her fraught relationship with her late grandmother, a visual artist from Baltimore. Sycamore lives in Seattle, where she loves the rain almost as much as she loves the sun.

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, a New York Times Editors Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, the UK Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award, and longlisted for The Dublin Literary Award.Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature, and the Feminist Press, among other places, as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy’s work has been supported by fellowships and residencies including The Lannan Foundation, The Ahmanson-Getty Foundation, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. Jordy is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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