Splice of Life

A Memoir in 13 Film Genres

Movies and memory intersect in this compelling and unconventional memoir from queer writer, film aficionado, and Jeopardy! contestant Charles Jensen. "Splice of Life" follows Jensen from his upbringing and struggles with sexual awareness in rural Wisconsin to his sexual liberation in college and, finally, to the complex relationships and bizarre coincidences of adulthood. Exploring what it means to be male and queer, each essay splices together Jensen' s lived experiences with his analysis of a single film. Deftly woven, "Splice of Life" shows us how personal and cultural memory intertwine, as well as how the stories we watch can help us understand the stories we all tell about ourselves.


Charles Jensen earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2004.

Praise for this book

A must read for anyone who understands how it feels to be on the outside, looking in.

Monica Holloway Author of "Driving with Dead People"

A bruising chronicle of coming of age, coming out, and coming into one's own.

Manuel Betancourt Author of "The Male Gazed"
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Date published
Santa Fe Writer's Project

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