The queer art of failure

Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure:

This hidden history of pessimism, a history moreover that lies quietly behind every story of success, can be told in a number of different ways … I tell it here as a tale of anticapitalist, queer struggle … This is a story of art without markets, drama without a script, narrative without progress. The queer art of failure turns on the impossible, the improbable, the unlikely, and the unremarkable. It quietly loses, and in losing it imagines other goals for life, for love, for art, and for being.