Looking for Brothers

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From the savage murder of a eighteen-year-old street youth far from home, to the author's search for the meaning of chosen family on the rust colored beaches of Prince Edward Island, Looking For Brothers presents a gay man's unique and captivating view of Canada- a native son's look at the culture and citizens who have shaped our consciousness. Spanning an eleven year period, these essays by award-winning journalist Michael Rowe examine, with a startling blend of objectivity and subjectivity, the places that ...

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Overview

From the savage murder of a eighteen-year-old street youth far from home, to the author's search for the meaning of chosen family on the rust colored beaches of Prince Edward Island, Looking For Brothers presents a gay man's unique and captivating view of Canada- a native son's look at the culture and citizens who have shaped our consciousness. Spanning an eleven year period, these essays by award-winning journalist Michael Rowe examine, with a startling blend of objectivity and subjectivity, the places that society has allocated to gay men, and the places gay men have claimed for themselves: physically, emotionally, sexually, and geographically. They unflinchingly explore "the carved in stone truisms cherished both by straight and gay society", in an attempt to dismantle the limiting stereotypes each group holds of themselves and the other, and to find the place where the two cultures meet. On themes including gay men in sports and the military; same-sex marriage; narcissism and the cult of male beauty; AIDS and the euthanasia debate; pornography and the limits of censorship; family, chosen and otherwise; the questionable merits of the ghetto; and a yeasty celebration of liking straight men; Looking For Brothers brings together for the first time Rowe's most acclaimed gay-themed writing. With this collection, Michael Rowe secures his position as one of Canada's most thoughtful and provocative jounalist-essayists, and one of our foremost gay writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this engaging collection of essays and articles, Canadian writer Rowe (Writing Below the Belt) presents a multifaceted perspective on "the common threads that run through" gay mens' lives. Ultimately, Rowe makes it clear that the gay man's story is the story of his extended family in the largest human community. In the book, fellow writer Michael Riordon helps Rowe understand "gay lifestyle" when he comments, "What does that mean? There is a desire to have a meaningful life, to love, to be loved. I experience the world differently from a heterosexual, but that doesn't mean that I necessarily want different things." To his credit, Rowe's subjects range from those as celebrated as gay Olympian Mark Leduc to the less well known but no less interesting: the closing piece, "Twenty-Five Yards from Shore," is both a striking glimpse of Rowe's own quest for fulfillment and a particularly fine example of his poetic facility with the essay. Academic and public libraries will want this for their gay/lesbian studies collections as well as for collections devoted to social history and to writing.--Roger Harris, Fordham Univ. at Lincoln Ctr. Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Michael Rowe's concise presentation of facts without hyperbole is a model for the type of journalism many American writers have long forgotten...Though written a few years ago, his perspectives are still fresh, partly because they are uncluttered with sensationalism, but mostly because they are crafted by a gifted writer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889626713
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press NY
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rowe was born in Ottawa and has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris. An award-winning journalist, essayist, and anthologist, his work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The United Church Observer, among other publications. He is currently a contributing writer to The Advocate, as well as a political blogger for The Huffington Post. The author of two previous non-fiction books and the editor of four anthologies of original short fiction, he has won the Lambda Literary Award and the Spectrum Award, and has been shortlisted for both the National Magazine Award and the Associated Church Press Award. Other Men's Sons won the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction from the New York Publishing Triangle. He is married and lives in Toronto.
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