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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
DRAG: The Book by Matthew Burgett is filled with photographs of drag queens from a variety of places, though more from Ohio than anywhere else. It includes some autobiographical information with a few professionally shot photos for each of the performers. These autobiographies range from a simple paragraph to a handful of paragraphs. One can peruse DRAG fairly quickly as the photos for each performer are quite similar to each other, and the insights into each performer are quick, easy reads. If one is curious about the world of drag, this book will give a tiny peek. DRAG might make a nice coffee table book for some readers as well.
The fact that DRAG: The Book is out there is amazing. Those in the LBGT community and friends of those in said community should be supported, respected and honored. Unfortunately, Matthew Burgett's book does not give much real insight into the performers' life history or experiences. Taking a stand for drag performers, sharing the work they love and the lifestyle they love being a part of (drag as a lifestyle/career - not the "lifestyle" of being a part of the LBGT community as that isn't a choice per se) is great. Yet, this book only gives a taste of their lives and experiences, but not any more than that. Many of the photographs are in the same setting, whereas it would have been intriguing to see variations to each performer's photographs. However, DRAG: The Book still makes for a nice coffee table display and deserves its rightful place next to other performers' books on living room shelves and coffee tables worldwide.