It seems like Herko’s traces were left through his acquaintances. Being no small figure, his brilliant viewpoints and queer performances were the traces he left behind through those connections. Through Herko’s final act, he paints suicide in a queer movement light that from my understanding, changes the political meaning of suicide as an act. He was the embodiment of surplus, that “Uncontrollable and potentially disruptive integer”(147). This shows in Munoz’s reflections at the end of the chapter, reflecting on his experiences around suicide and the impacts Herko left on others. I’ve never considered suicide from the frame of utopia.
May 8, 2018