A practically walking Encyclopaedia, one would mistake Benjamin Law for a professor in literature with a few several degrees under his belt, or as somebody who earned a doctorate while they were still a hormonal teenager facing the now defunct School Certificate.
This is one of those people whose mischievous word play and wicked wit can inspire millions – though I feel honoured to be one of the few who follows his work as if each article was a new episode of Game of Thrones.
Benjamin Law is brilliant for a number of reasons, and I first came across his talents in my own edition of the Bible: Frankie; “a national bi-monthly based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a magazine that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are.” Following a few (perhaps too many) years coveting every new issue, I was delighted to discover that my bible followed in the footsteps of many conservative Bible-beltians of Kansas and had offspring at a relatively young age – along came The Smith Journal, and with it, more commentaries from Mr Law.
An accomplished Brisbane-based freelance author, he’s previously appeared on ABC’s Q&A opposite one of the most idolised of all femme angels, and one of his own idols, Germaine Greer. It was there I was able to put a face to the name – and although I previously enjoyed the mystery of not knowing the full identity of one of my favourite youthful writers, it became a blessing – it was absolutely wonderful knowing I didn’t care at all what he looked like.
Law also wrote a book containing a number of personal essays that he worked into The Family Law, published back in 2011. Eventually I discovered even more to Benjamin than I had previously known – that he too was a gay man – and it was really here in a 2011 article ofFrankie that I fell back in love with his work/him (albeit, it was a delayed reaction due to the slow delivery to my doorstep in Deutschland during exchange). I started hearing real world opinions on marriage equality and natural gay relationships that actually last. Last year he released another book, to wide acclaim, aptly titled Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, and in it he delves into growing up gay outside of Australia’s sun-kissed borders.
His latest book inspired me more than you all think – I’m off on my own little journey of discovery, or self-discovery, or whatever it is you want to call it, but I’ll always know that it’ll be the time of my life in a foreign land that’ll simply be an ode to Benjamin Law.
Now are those points above reason enough for you to want to meet this genius? Well, a selection of his wondrous works can be discovered on his website. And it’s there that you too may very well fall in law, no, love.