Category Archives: GLBT non-fiction

“BOLD: Stories from Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People” by David Hardy— Who We Are


Hardy, David. “BOLD: Stories from Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People”, The Rag & Bone Man Press Inc., 2015.

Who We Are

Amos Lassen

“BOLD” is anthology in which 50 older LGBTI people share their stories and images. We read of first love and family, of struggle and defiance and resistance and pride. Include here are prominent Australian activists including Bob Brown, Sally Goldner and the Honorable Michael Kirby and others from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, America and Ireland. What really distinguishes is the diversity. This collection of stories celebrates the many ways we identify as LGBTI people. The stories get us angry and some agitate us while others comfort us. We laugh, we cry, we become angry— I found it impossible not to react top each of those included. The diversity is seen in ideas, thoughts and prose. Divided into fifty-six chapters that touch many different topics in our lives. The key words here are intimacy, poignancy and vibrancy. A lot of what we read here are memoirs but there are essays, stories, poems and even a song.

The 56 stories are about seventy people of which half are by or women and half are by men and there are those that identify as trans, bisexual and intersex. Most are from Australia, from every State and including regional and rural centers. There are also four stories from New Zealand, three from the United States, and one each from United Kingdom and Ireland.

“This is a book about ordinary and extraordinary people who have, at different levels and in different ways, helped change the world in which we live. This book builds on the efforts of earlier writers to unsilence silenced lives, particularly those living in areas where even today it can be difficult to ‘come out’.”

“Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery” by David Michael Fawcett— Sex and Recovery

lust men and meth

Fawcett, David Michael. “Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery”, SFL Center for Counseling and Therapy, Inc., 2015.

Sex and Recovery

Amos Lassen

Dr. Michael Fawcett gives us a deep and intense look at gay men who struggle with sex and recovery and at the professionals who work them. Here we have essential information on the problems of drugs and sexuality as well as solutions and tools for those who support them. The book is a blend of therapeutic perspectives of addiction and sex therapy. There are also case studies included from which Dr. Fawcett has integrated the most useful concepts and tools. Additionally, detailed case studies will assist clinicians who, in Dr. Fawcett’s many trainings for professionals, have asked for material on substance use, identity, and sexuality in gay-identified men. These insights and tools will be helpful not only in the early stages of sobriety, but for an individual’s continuing personal evolution of recovery as well.

The book is divided into three sections. In the first part, “The Perfect Storm,” we see how, through the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters, methamphetamine has phenomenal power to change one’s mood and entice the user to use increasing amounts of the drug.  We read of the excitement that the uses experiences as well as the risk of becoming too dependent. We learn of the vulnerabilities of some gay men who turn to meth because they feel that they are unattractive, left out and/or disconnected and so they use the drug to alleviate those feelings. There seems to be an unfortunate intersection of meth, the gay community, and the rise of dangerous health concerns such as HIV/AIDS.

In the second part, “Exploring the Sexual Universe,” we read about a sex therapist’s perspective on sexual desire and how eroticism develops in the brain along with an elaborate world of sexual templates, scripts, and themes that methamphetamine penetrates and distorts. In the this section we also learn of the discoveries of neurobiology and the direct impact of the brain that comes about because of the combination of sex and meth. Dopamine is the central player here. It is interesting to read how drug use influences sexual desire. Fawcett shows the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to compulsive behaviors and it is here that we learn about consequences of drug use and get clues about recovery.     

The third and final section “Restoring Your Life” looks at the process of recovery from the drug and does so in detail. We have chapters on specific skills derived “from thousands of hours working with clients, managing of feelings, and rethinking perspectives on sex”.  Increased distance from the drug and from the emotions of vulnerability, anxiety, or shame, that were once buried by meth use, now can be used to give direction to emotional transformations and influence sexual and emotional life. We see how relationships are rebuilt. Here we become very aware of meth abuse in the LGBT community and see that there is hope for recovery.

New from Bruno Gmunder December 2015

New from Bruno Gmunder, December, 2015.


Robert W Richards

“Seduction -
Erotic Illustrations by Robert W Richards”

 New York-based multi-talent Robert W Richards has made a career out of seducing people. Since his earliest homo-erotic illustrations in publications like The Advocate and Mandate, Richards’ unique style has become highly recognizable for its high-end simplicity and sexy idiosyncratic style.

Seduction: Male Erotic Illustrations traces the artist’s work from the present back to its beginnings, proving that seduction is something at which Richards is a true master.


Gengoroh Tagame

“The Contracts of the Fall”

 The Contracts of the Fall is the latest collection of graphic stories from the skilled hands of master manga maker Gengoroh Tagame to be published in English. Featuring four epic tales of dominance, slavery, and humiliation: “The Contracts of the Fall,” “Lover Boy,” “Pochi” and “Der fliegende Holländer” (aka “The Flying Dutchman”).

space Ohm Phanphiroj

“The Space Between Us”

 Eight years after his critically-acclaimed Nighthawks, Ohm Phanphiroj returns with The Space Between Us, a limited edition (1000 copies) photo-memoir from new publishing label Bruno Gmünder Portfolio1000.

A photo-journalistic journey of his life and the men he’s encountered—some intimate, some casual, some shameful—Space explores that strange side effect of human interaction: The more we try to get close to someone, the more distance we feel between us.


Manuel Moncayo

“Guys, Light, and Nature”

 Known for the brilliant way he captures color, Manuel Moncayo enjoys capturing life’s beauty as a way of satisfying his keen desire to better understand the world. His first book, Guys, Light, and Nature, a limited edition (1,000 copies) photobook from new publishing label Bruno Gmünder Portfolio1000, celebrates light as it showcases two of his favorite subjects: men and nature.

“Why Marriage Matters” by Evan Wolfson— The Beginning

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Wolfson, Evan. “Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry”, Simon and Schuster, 2005.

The Beginning

Amos Lassen

Evan Wolfson’s “Why Marriage Matters” is one of the books that I lost when Hurricane Katrina hit and took my library from me and I had not yet reviewed it. I decided to get a new copy and finally get around to posting a review. A lot has happened in the ten years after the book’s publication and what did come to be turns out to have been generated by this book. Wolfson tells us that, “At its core, the freedom-to-marry movement is about the same thing every civil rights struggle has been about: taking seriously our country’s promise to be a nation its citizens can make better, its promise to be a place where people don’t have to give up their differences or hide them in order to be treated equally.”

Wolfson gives us a compelling, intelligently reasoned discussion of a question at the forefront of our national consciousness. He has dedicated his life to the protection of individuals’ rights and our Constitution’s commitment to equal justice under the law and is regarded as one of the most influential lawyers in this country and was just selected by “The Forward” as one of the five most influential Jews in America today. Here he has written a clear, easy to understand thesis on the significance of the right to marry in America — not just for some couples, but for all.

Some of us have wondered why the fight for marriage equality has taken precedence over other important issues that the LGBT community faces and Wolfson explains why the word “marriage” is so important by asking these questions: Will marriage for same-sex couples hurt the “sanctity” of the institution? How can people of different faiths reconcile their beliefs with the idea of marriage for same-sex couples? How will allowing gay couples to marry affect children?

By giving answers to these questions, Wolfson demonstrates why the right to marry is important — indeed necessary — for all couples and for America’s promise of equality. Wolfson regards the movement for marriage equality as “one of the first important civil rights campaigns of the 21st century” and he has gone to the long-established protest traditions in U.S. history: abolition, the women’s suffrage movement and the racial equality movements of the 1950s and ’60s. Unlike those who support gay marriage as a way to regulate what they see as the self-destructive sexual practices of homosexuals, Wolfson pushes the moral issue to the side and discusses the right to marry as part of each citizen’s inalienable claim to what the Declaration of Independence calls the “pursuit of happiness.” He has framed his argument strictly in terms of civil rights and grounding it in conventional definitions of the public significance of marriage. Wolfson excises “gay marriage” from the debate entirely, “writing that the term “implies that same-sex couples are asking for rights and privileges that married couples do not have, or for rights that are something lesser or different from what non-gay couples have. In fact, we don’t want ‘gay marriage,’ we want marriage.” When he wrote this book, gay marriage was available in Boston.

Wolfson’s book addresses the concerns of the everyday American with respect and accuracy. Wolfson looks at the issues from the religious response to the historical argument, from racial equality to what the opponents of marriage equality do not want you to know. We are very aware of consistent reverence to the founding principles of our great country and he reminds us of those principles by giving inspiring quotes from American leaders through the ages.

The true message of the book is one of unity and hope—now we see how that hope has indeed paid off. The arguments  are compelling and the examples of how marriage impacts individual lives holds us.

Wolfson addresses this subject in layman’s terms but without being too simple. He answers the questions (and explains his answers) that are we all think about. He shows that marriage equality is a civil right and explains how marriage equality parallels other civil rights issues, dissecting arguments made against marriage equality. We see how the same arguments that have been used at various points over the past two hundred years to deny other citizens their constitutionally guaranteed civil rights continue to be used to this day to deny marriage equality.

Addressing the anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendments that had been voted on in several states in the past, we see why, after these battles are over, there will still be much to struggle for in the days beyond. Wolfson tells what he sees coming in the future and he prepares us to understand exactly what is happening.

Wolfson’s arguments are succinct and he clearly outlines and explains the fairness of bringing about marriage equality in America while showing how this issue is ultimately everyone’s struggle.

“Out of the Firing Line . . . Into the Foyer: My Remarkable Story” by Bruce Copp and Andrew Merriman— Hiding

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Copp, Bruce and Andrew Merriman. “Out of the Firing Line . . . Into the Foyer: My Remarkable Story”, The History Press, 2015.


Amos Lassen

“Out of the Firing Line…” is unique story of a gay war hero who was forced to hide his sexuality for half of his adult life. Bruce Copp, a war hero, has lived a unique life in which “he has formed lifelong friendships with celebrities, swam regularly with a James Bond, hung out with Lenny Bruce, and spent an unforgettable night with Marlene Dietrich”. He was in the army throughout the Second World War and he witnessed the deaths of his comrades, suffered a nervous breakdown, and tried to commit suicide by walking into enemy fire. Not only did he survive but was mentioned twice in dispatches for bravery.

In his book, Copp tells about his extraordinary experiences as a young gay man in the army giving us unique insight into how homosexual relationships persisted with “the tacit agreement of the authorities”. His memoir covers nearly a century of social history and personal experiences and it is all being told for the first time.

This biography captures Copp’s personality – his joy for life, his charmed life, and his time during the army, his long and successful career in theatrical catering and the heart-breaking story of losing the love of his life, Daniele. He is still going strong at 95 years old.

To give you an idea of what is in the book, I have included the table of contents below:

Foreword By Dame Judi Dench; Preface; One Charabancs, Marigolds and Scrumpies; Two A Modern Babylon; Three Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major; Four An Accidental Hero; Five Cunning Linguists; Six Hattie and Other Players; Seven You are Offal, But I Like You; Eight A Mermaid, a Dame and an Ostentation of Peacocks; Nine The Establishment; Ten Another Opening Another Show; Eleven MI Casa ES SU Casa; Twelve Swimming and Garlic; Some Savories; Plates; Copyright.

“She: Ekla Cholo Re” by Satosh Avvannavar and Dr. Shayan Haq— Finding Identity


Avvannavar, Santosh and Dr. Shayan Haq. “She: Ekla Cholo Re”, (edited by Rajashree Ghosh), Hoffen, 2015.

Finding Identity

Amos Lassen

Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, “She” is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. Kusum, is at the center of the story. She is a brave person who feels she does not belong anywhere and certainly not as a “he” or as a “she”. She finds inspiration in a song, “Ekla Cholo Re”. I see this book as a step toward looking at social awareness and taboos that exist in today’s society.

the book is a bold step towards social awareness and discussing a few things that are still considered as taboo in the society. Kusum, is a girl who was born a biological boy who wants live in a different way. Society, however, sees that as sacrilegious Even her father, a doctor himself, loses it and begins monitoring Kusum’s each and every activity; forcing her to behave, talk, play and eat like a boy. However, he cannot control her mind and, slowly she blooms by retrieving all the feminine traits.

It seems that whenever she gets her life together, something happens and her dreams, her love, and her fall apart. The story speaks on behalf of all those who find themselves trapped in between “he” and “she”. This gender dysphoria causes Kusum a great deal of unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

This is a touching love story about internal conflicts and where we learn that transsexuals can have romantic relationships. Two different men fall in love with her. This is not a study of the emotional and psychological disturbances that transsexuals experience— it reiterates the fact that they are normal people whose gender does not fall into the two categories that society has pre-fixed.

When someone like Kusum decides to move on with her life despite all odds, she deserves to be supported as she searches for her real self.

“The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis” by Brian Glavey— The Poetry of the Visible

the wallfower

Glavey, Brian. “The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis”, Oxford University Press, 2015.

The Poetry of the Visible

Amos Lassen

Brian Glavey does something quite amazing here—he united the poetic way of describing something seen, ekprhasis, with queer theory from major scholars such as Eve Sedgwick and Lauren Brerlant (Judith Butler has been considered a scholar in queer theory but her ideas about racism and apartheid exclude her from my list).

“The Wallflower Avant-Garde” highlights a strain of formalism that is visible in both modernist literature and contemporary queer studies and he draws attention to an aesthetic that is as quiet and odd as it is queer. In studies of Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, Richard Bruce Nugent, Frank O’Hara, and John Ashbery, Glavey argues for a recalibrated and renewed understanding of the relation between sexuality and the aesthetic by revealing a non-oppositional avant-gardism that opts out of some of the binary imperatives that have structured recent debates in queer theory. By refusing to decide “between positive and negative affects or to side with either utopian or antisocial ambitions”, Glavey explores models of reading and writing about art that can be interpreted either deeply or just on the surface.

He begins with a revaluation of modernist ekphrasis, a mode understood as literature’s imitation or description of the visual arts. Ekphrasis has figured prominently in the legacy of modernist literary critics, but “there is a tendency to read its complicated modes of ‘relationality’ in terms of either autonomy or antagonism has obscured the forms of creative failure and imitation embodied in the desire to confuse poetry for pottery”. “The aspirations for wholeness and closure that often animate them allows for the recognition that queerness and modernism are intertwined in unexpected and unpredictable ways and cannot be thrown aside since they reveal new insights into the varieties of abstraction, and spatial forms that stand behind modernism’s investment in the aesthetic”.

Glavey looks at the connections between shyness and ekphrasis in works by such notables as Frank O’Hara, John Asberry and Djuna Barnes to name just three. As he does, he finds a new definition to the word “ekphrasis”. Glavey argues for a new strain of modernist formalism that is based in this new definition that is the literary imitation of the visual arts. Ekphrastic writing in the past was often associated with a conservative aesthetic of wholeness, permanence, and autonomy, but it also involves finding an aesthetic sense of closure and unity out of impossible imitations. This kind of imitation and autonomy fits queer theory fits with many of the foundational insights of queer theory in the way that it situates identity as an effect of performativity, artifice, and mimesis. What many queer theorists have done is to place little or no value on the above and we must not allow ourselves to consider these as important. In this way we allow aspects of modernists aesthetic that have seemed regressive or repressive to be read as generative forms of stasis, quiet, reserve, shyness, and so on.

Below is the table of contents of the book”


1 Gertrude Stein’s Eye Lessons: Portraits and Pedagogy

2 The Ekphrastic Vice: Djuna Barnes’s Spatial Form

3 Squandering Your Potential with Richard Bruce Nugent

4 Frank O’Hara Nude with Boots

5 The Wallflower Avant-Garde: John Ashbery’s Shyness, or, Spacing Out with Art

Works Cited


“Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality” by Katherine Franke— Marriage Equality and Emancipation


Franke, Katherine. “Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality”, NYU Press, 2015.

Marriage Equality and Emancipation

Amos Lassen

All of us can agree that there have been astounding number of victories for the gay rights movement and I am quite sure that there are others like myself who never thought we would see something like this in our lifetimes. However, we have not really thought about the questions that are raised by marriage equality about how we as gay people have been able to successfully deploy marriage to elevate our social and legal reputation, but also about what kind of freedom and equality the ability to marry can mobilize.

In “Wedlocked”, Katherine Franke looks to history to compare the same-sex marriage movement to the experiences of newly emancipated black people in the mid-nineteenth century, when they were able to legally marry for the first time.  She says that the greater freedoms that came with emancipation were both wonderful and a bit “perilous” for those just freed and emancipated. She gives stories of former slaves’ involvements with marriage and draws lessons that serve as cautionary tales for today’s marriage rights movements.  The theme here seems to be “be careful what you wish for” but we also see “how the rights-bearing subject is inevitably shaped by the very rights they bear, often in ways that reinforce racialized gender norms and stereotypes”. Franke says that the racialization of same-sex marriage has redounded to the benefit of the gay rights movement while contributing to the ongoing subordination of people of color and the diminishing reproductive rights of women.

Much like same-sex couples today, freed African-American men and women “experienced a shift in status from outlaws to in-laws, from living outside the law to finding their private lives organized by law and state licensure”. What we have learned of their experiences is the potential and the perils of being subject to legal regulation: rights—and specifically the right to marriage—can both burden and liberate.

Franke looks at the tangled genealogy of often-incoherent power in the American context. She aligns struggles for gay marriage rights with African Americans’ first access to the right to marry, smartly exposing a thin line “between intimacy and the untouchable.” Her book is cautionary about the risks of securing a ‘freedom to marry.’ She looks at original research about the complications that marriage rights carried for slaves freed in the 1860s and she warns that marriage rights are not the “unalloyed triumph” for gay people and same-sex couples that the Supreme Court and virtually all commentators have claimed. We need to be concerned about racism in America and reminded that it still exists. Franke provides us with a look at “the traps and tripwires that marriage, as a highly regulative and deeply gendered legal construct, imposes on non-normative communities”.

“Starf*cker: A Meme-oir” by Matthew Rettenmund— A Sexy Unfinished Memoir


Rettenmund, Matthew. “Starf*cker: A Meme-oir”, Lethe Press, 2015.

A Sexy Unfinished Memoir

Amos Lassen

Some of you will immediately recognize Mathew Rettenmund as the author of “Boy Culture” and from his website of the same name. The novel was widely praised and pointed us to a new direction in gay literature. Rettenmund is back with a new book and another new way of writing. Matthew Rettenmund tells us here that he is a starfucker and hence the title of the book. His story is not told like others tell their stories and herein is the creativity. He tells it all arranged by memes.

Rettenmund readily and openly admits to being a starfucker and this book documents this. He is a pop culture enthusiast and tells us that celebrities have been an obsession with him for as long as he can remember. He is manic about Madonna as well as for other movie, television, and music personalities. He does not hold back—he names names and he looks at where we get this passion for celebrities and a world that we are not a part of. Some of what he writes here is laugh out loud funny and there are some really interesting stories but I had a bit of a problem in that some of the stories went on and on and on. I had a problem trying to find a point of focus—stories were all over and it was hard to concentrate at times. I really expected to find out why the author was so crazy about celebrities and if that was there, I missed it.

There are some incredibly hilarious moments in this book and some really interesting stories told. Rettenmund describes this book thusly: “I write about my/our lifelong obsession with celebrity, whether it be growing up with Charlie’s Angels, making lists of movie stars as egged on by my mom (who invariably gave me Faye Dunaway to get me going), working in porn, running a teen mag or—of course!—observing and interacting with Madonna”.

I love reading Rettenmund on-line and he is a good writer but this one just did not do it for me. His life as an adult is fairly interesting but we do not get to that until a third of the way into the book. It is here we learn about his adventures in publishing, writing and maintaining a blog and there are some funny stories. His personal life is kind of sad when we read about the breakup with his boyfriend of eighteen years and there is a good deal of angst here. Yet something seemed to be missing and I am just not sure what that is. I don’t why I expected this book to be so much more than it is but that could be because he set the bar so high with his novel “Boy Culture”. The very fact that he holds nothing back should have made this a fascinating read but it didn’t and I am sorry for that.

“Until My Heart Stops” by Jameson Currier— A Personal Look at Jameson Currier

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Currier, Jameson. “Until My Heart Stops”, Chelsea Station Editions, 2015.

A Personal Look at Jameson Currier

Amos Lassen

Jameson Currier has been very important to me in my life as a reviewer. Not only is he one of the first writers I reviewed, he is an author who never disappoints and a new book from him is always a treat that I look forward to.

He is the author of five novels and four collections of short fiction and has won and been nominated for many literary awards. His short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines and Web sites. Now with “Until My Heart Stops”, Currier brings us more than fifty works of nonfiction that he has written over the last forty years. This collection is very personal and driven by feelings and emotions and very much reflect the Jameson Currier that I have been fortunate to know. As I read, I separated the entries into three categories—those that were written and published when the AIDS epidemic was devastating our community, those are about Currier’s own personal life and as an author finding his place literarily and the entries that deal with the culture of the world in which we live. As I said, I have been fortunate to meet Currier and although we have never had the chance to spend a lot of time together (the times we met had to do with literature), I never realized how little I knew about him until I read this. I could tell that he was a sincere and caring person but I had no idea of his back-story or his love life. He does not shy away from sharing his life with us.

I anxiously read “Rock Hudson’s Vacation: because I wanted to see if Currier knew more about the man than many do and because he was a common bond between us and I found our reactions to him to be very similar. I did not know that he had ever met Hudson and I never told him my adventure with the star. When I was living in Israel, I was walking through a public park in Tel Aviv and this very tall and good-looking man was sitting on a bench. I knew he looked familiar but had no idea who he was but he certainly had caught my eye and I saw him looking back at me with an interesting glint in his eyes. I was on my way to teach a class at the university but I decided to have a seat opposite him and forget about teaching that day. As we sat opposite each other, another guy came along and said, “Nice to see you, Mr. Hudson”. Mystery solved and the interest quota rose quickly. Hudson come up and walked toward the Hilton hotel but glanced over his shoulder several times to see if I was following him which at that point I was too nervous to do. Eventually after receiving a very long and sexy stare, I indeed walked after him thinking won’t my mother have something to share with her Mah Jongg game back in New Orleans. When we finally spoke to teach us, I learned that he was in Israel making what became his last movie, “The Ambassadors”. The news had already sprung with the fact that he had AIDS and I knew that but went to have coffee with him at which time he shared the news of his diagnosis and state of health. (Remember this was at a time that we knew little about the disease and many gay men chose to set themselves apart from those who were sick). That was as far as we got and I respected him for being so honest. Three months later he was dead. The reason I included all of this is because Currier and I share the same feelings bout Hudson. He was a man who touched both of our lives. I was thousands of miles away from America and unlike Currier, the AIDS epidemic did not have much effect on the state of Israel yet my eyes has been opened to this terrible epidemic. For Jameson Currier, his knowledge of Hudson was the beginning of public awareness about the disease, for me it was an awareness that was far removed from the reality of the place where I was living at the time.

I was surprised how open Currier is his about his love and sex life and from sharing his emotions with us in his beautifully written prose. He writes of the time he spent working in the theater, his boyfriends and how he dealt with love and romance and let me tell you from what I know about Currier, he is quite the catch and has definitely had a fun and active life of romance. There was a revelation for me in that I had no idea that he had been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition of excessive thickening of the heart muscle and for which there is no apparent cause or cure. But then again there was no reason that I should have known that. I also did not know about his relationships and his boyfriends. For some reason, I had this picture in my mind of a saintly man and I suppose that came from having read his beautiful “Where the Rainbow Ends”. I also had little knowledge of the effect of the AIDS epidemic in America until I came for a visit in 1989 and discovered that almost every gay male I had known in New Orleans was dead as a result of it.

I am so pleased that Currier has included some wonderfully written articles about AIDS and his reaction to the seemingly constant deaths of so many people he had known. This is so important to have these articles since we should never allow ourselves to forget that time and the people we lost, I am purposely avoiding the political aspects of the disease in this country and instead looking at the brilliant writing that Currier gives us about it. In several of the chapters, my eyes were constantly filled with tears.

We both share a love for New Orleans—my hometown and a place that Currier, after a couple of bad experiences has come to love. In fact I met him for the first time in New Orleans when I had come from Little Rock, Arkansas for the Saints and Sinners literary festival. And now I am living in Boston and Currier in Manhattan and we are both closer geographically than ever before yet we have seen each other on the street once and that was because we had both been to the Lambda Literary Awards some three years ago. Now if I see him again, I know a great deal more about him that ever before and that is because of this wonderful book. I love being able to pick it up, read a quick chapter and then go on to something else that I am working on. I feel that with this new book there is a part of Currier with me and he can be found as easily as opening the covers of it.

(By the way—the cover is fantastic).