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Gus and Waldo's Book of Love

Sun 29 Apr 2007 In: Books View at NDHA

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love Massimo Fenati Orion: 2006. Once upon a time, two small gay, anthromorphic bug eyed penguins spotted each other on adjacent escalators and went off to cohabit within a picture book. I know, I know, this is relentlessly cute, but surely I can't be expected to write about things like hate crimes, same-sex marriage and the Christian Right all the time? Anyway, the small avian couple in question are blissfully happy, engaging in retox and detox centred on chocolate, sporting fetish wear, kissing underwater, picking forbidden flowers, and experiencing the usual matrimonial differences over snoring, attitudes toward shopping and credit card bills, sunglass frame colours and other issues that lead straight to a chameleon relationship counsellor, who informs them that "penguins mate for life." (Actually, not all of them. According to LGBT zoologist Bruce Bagemihl, Humboldt penguins are the only species to do so, while King Penguins are sluts, either straight lesbian or gay, and Gatoo penguins do straight sex with females on top. But assuming our pair of lover birds are Humboldts...)... "Fighting's neither fun nor clever/Gus and Waldo love each other Forever!!!" And the little fellows have their own website! Recommended: Massimo Fenati: Gus and Waldo's Book of Love: London: Orion Books: 2006 Bruce Bagemihl: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity: St Martins Press: New York: 1999 Craig Young - 29th April 2007    

Credit: Craig Young

First published: Sunday, 29th April 2007 - 12:00pm

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