Shawn Hitchins; A BRIEF HISTORY OF OVERSHARING; ECW Press (Nonfiction: Essays) 14.99 ISBN: 9781770413269
Byline: Christine Canfield
Hitchins's mix of raw emotion and salty hilarity works beautifully.
It takes a special kind of person to write a play-by-play description of masturbation that is simultaneously hilarious, repulsive, and sweet. That person is Shawn Hitchins.
Hitchins is a Canadian comic perhaps best known for organizing the first Ginger Pride event in 2013, where he led hundreds of redheads through the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, politely demanding respect for the "red, orange, and pale."
His book is at turns bawdy and beautiful, exploring what it was like to grow up as part of what he calls "the placeholder generation," coming of age in a time when the previous generation had been decimated by the AIDS epidemic and the sweeping tide of marriage equality had not yet begun.
Though Hitchins exposes some of the most intimate events in his life, from the moment his father cruelly outed him to an old family friend to the tornado of emotions that come with agreeing to be a sperm donor for lesbian friends, there is never a sense of self-pity or wallowing.
Each event has its place, with a lesson learned, a...