York – the homosexual son of a disapproving father. His father was an IBM engineer, and in the early sass, his family eventually moved down south to North Carolina. This exposed the fledgling author to the bustle of city life.
By his own accounts, his tenure in New York was spent in an exceedingly rural location, which contrasted sharply with his new setting in North Carolina. TO complicate matters, Seeders suffered from a compulsion to lick light switches throughout his adolescence. The good news is, he did eventually grow out of it; unfortunately he then became a crystal meet addict (Preston).David Seeders always dreamed of growing up to be a famous writer. The unconventional wit and humor (Burroughs) that he displays in his writings more than likely descended, in part, from his unusual career path.
In the late sass, Seeders abandoned his studies at Kent State University to take a series of odd jobs, while hitchhiking about the country and began “writing a diary on placemat in diners” (Mirrored). This proved to be the perfect way for Seeders to refine his humorous narrative style while developing commentary about the mundane events of life.As Seeders’ writings gained in popularity, he eventually relocated to New York City, and his career took off. Seeders’ writing style has earned him a reputable place amongst the greats of American Literature. He is often compared to Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and James Thurber. Most of his stories are autobiographical in nature, and he often involves himself as one of the principle characters. He finds insight and points out the satire of ordinary circumstances in daily life, captivating the reading audience with sarcasm, wit, and humor.
He was quoted on the UK aerogram The Telegraph, saying ‘M/hat other people call dark and despairing, call funny. ” He accomplishes irony and sarcasm by drawing subtle comparisons via illusions and symbolism. Dorothy Allison was born in 1949, to a 15 year old mother, in Greenville, South Carolina.
Dorothy and her younger sister did not get to know their father, who died when they were still babies. When Dorothy was five, her mother married a salesman who began sexually abusing Dorothy. Her mother learned of the abuse, took the girls away from their stepfather for few weeks, but then returned when the defeater swore he would stop.The abuse did not end for another two years, at which point she and her sisters found ways to discourage their stepfathers sexual advances (Dorothy Allison, 2014). Ellison’s stepfather eventually lost his job and the family decided to make a fresh start in Central Florida.
Despite continuing poverty and her mother’s worsening health, Dorothy found relief when her classmates and teachers recognized her intelligence despite her ‘petite trash” working class background. She was the first in her family to obtain a high school diploma.In her essay, “A Question of Class”, Allison notes, “because they did not see poverty and hopelessness as a foregone conclusion for my life, could begin to imagine other futures for myself. ” Like Seeders, Allison moved to New York, but her intent was to pursue a master’s in anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Describing herself as a feminist and a working class storyteller who writes to change the world, Dorothy Allison frankly tackles gender, class, violence, and sexual orientation (Dorothy Allison, 2014).Early in her career, she was an award inning editor and writer for early feminist and lesbian and gay journals.
She is also known as a maverick lesbian-feminist activist, and helped found the “Lesbian Sex Mafia,” a support group for lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, and transsexual women engaged in consensual bondage, discipline, sadomasochism, and alternate gender identities. Allison won the strongest mainstream praise for her largely autobiographical novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1 992), a best seller and a finalist for the National Book Award.Her frank portrayals also gained her the distinction of having the book banned in any libraries, primarily in the South. In Bastard, Allison offers a loving, humorous, and unsentimental portrayal of a girl from a poor family who suffers sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather (Dorothy Allison, 2014).
Unlike Seeders, who has been criticized for descriptions and stories that seem to be intentionally exaggerated and manipulated to maximize comic effect, Ellison’s work is viewed as an accurate portrait of poor, rural Southern life.It is often peppered with touching accounts of a family in difficult circumstances. Like Seeders, she often uses humor in her stories while ascribing horrendous scenes and situations that make most readers squirm. Dorothy Allison discusses author Ron Rash in our assigned video, explaining his style of “voice”, and explains how the “story is the voice that tells you the story’. Her stories tend to highlight the “dysfunctional”, and most critics are shocked and flustered with her vivid descriptions of incest, and family violence; however, her “voice” is an “art” that allows her to tell riveting stories.While Seeders uses the art of wit, sarcasm, and humor to tell his stories, Allison employs her voice to encourage the reader to explore both themselves, and the outside world – particularly pieces of society that we choose to ignore. Allison lives in the San Francisco area with her long-time partner, Alex Layman, and son, Wolf Michael. She maintains a busy speaking schedule and is often invited by Universities as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Seeders has been with is partner, Hugh Hammock, for the over 20 years. He moved to England, where he and Hugh divide their time between London and West Sussex.