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Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men about More-or-Less Gay Life
     

Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men about More-or-Less Gay Life

by Wendell Ricketts (Editor)
 
In this age of Will & Grace and gentrification, the "dream market" and gay investment advisors, you don't hear much about working-class queers. In fact, some would even consider the idea a contradiction in terms. But the contributors to Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men About More-or-Less Gay Life would beg to differ. The first collection

Overview

In this age of Will & Grace and gentrification, the "dream market" and gay investment advisors, you don't hear much about working-class queers. In fact, some would even consider the idea a contradiction in terms. But the contributors to Everything I Have Is Blue: Short Fiction by Working-Class Men About More-or-Less Gay Life would beg to differ. The first collection of short stories by working-class queer, gay, and bisexual men, Everything I Have Is Blue is a rich and long-overdue contribution both to the burgeoning field of working-class studies and to LGBTIQ fiction.

The international writers include a professional trucker, a Texas prisoner, a librarian, a poet, an activist, a retired English professor, and a street mime, to name a few, but what makes their voices powerful and unique isn't their professions, it's their ability to straddle ideological and cultural divides that would give Paul Bunyan pause.

In Everything I Have Is Blue are love stories and stories of lives gone wrong; narratives of hope and songs of despair; tales of revenge and chronicles of redemption. In short, Everything I Have Is Blue showcases a literature of depth and complexity that brings much-needed color to the palate of queer cultural and literary identity.

Contributors include Timothy Anderson, Rane Arroyo, Keith Banner, James Barr, C. Bard Cole, CAConrad, Marcel Devon, Dean Durber, Rick Laurent Feely, John Gilgun, Rigoberto Gonz�lez, Jim Grimsley, Ryan Kamstra, Christopher Lord, Alfredo Ronci, Jan-Mitchell Sherrill, and Royston Tester.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974638898
Publisher:
Suspect Thoughts Press
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are Saying About This

Jaime Manrique
"A very large percentage of gay literature produced in the United States is written by middle-class white men for middle-class white readers. There is a homogeneity to gay writing that reflects how, in our supposedly classless, multicultural society, issues of class and color are seldom worthy subject matter. If gays are �The Other� in our predominantly heterosexist society, blue collar people and racial minorities (often one and the same) are �The Others� within the gay community-a margin within the margin. The edgy, surprising stories in Everything I Have Is Blue are a tonic: they make an important contribution in terms of bringing to our attention characters and themes we seldom see explored in gay contemporary fiction."
editor of Besame Mucho: New Gay Latino Fiction
D. Traver Scott
"Finally! A gay story collection 100% free from scenes of Jeremy and Chad having tiffs by the Fire Island hot tub. Gay fiction needs books like Wendell Ricketts� Everything I Have is Blue-and it needs them bad. Strapped to myths of upward mobility and disposable income, gay men are desperately short on books addressing working-class experiences. Thankfully this book steps up to the plate, serving up fiesty, sharp stories that stretch and challenge stagnant notions of class, masculinity, and gay identity."
author of One of These Things Is Not Like the Other
Minnie Bruce Pratt
"This book gives us what no contemporary TV program, movie, or magazine has even come close to-the tender, angry, funny emotional innards of the embattled daily life of working-class gay men. These could be the stories of the guys on the corner in my neighborhood-or yours!"
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