“The Kinda Fella I Am; Stories” by Raymond Luczak— The Need for Human Connection

Luczak, Raymond, “The Kinda Fella I Am: Stories”,Reclamation Press, 2018.

The Need for Human Connection

Amos Lassen

In “The Kinda Fella I Am”, Raymond Luczak imagines the world as seen by queer disabled men. We follow the lives of disabled queers in many different aspects through hones prose and we experience their desires, their anxieties and their hopes as they share their lives with us and takes us into the communities that they have built. Since many of us have never ventured into this world before, there is a lot to be learned here.

We read ofpride, rage, and hope and our  preconceptions of disability are challenged in fifteen stories about physical identity and the inequities that these men face every day.  Having been a fan of Raymond Luczak for many years, my love for his prose was reinforced by this collection but even more important is that there is so much to be learned here. Because a person is disabled does not mean that he does not have the same desires and aspirations as the rest of us as we see here. They share our sexuality and have the same sexual desires and we need to recognize that. Luczak makes sure that we do.

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