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Men on Men 5: Best New Gay Fiction

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This fifth volume in the acclaimed Men on Men series brings readers 20 new stories that pulse with humor, energy, and eroticism, as they explore the tender, often painful truths of our lives. Gay writers have stepped out in front of the contemporary literary scene, and so the stories in this collection refuse to conform, be politically correct, or embrace conventions. The "coming out" tale appears in the works of Adam Klein, Joshua David, and Michael Lowenthal, but no longer confessional, no longer familiar, each...
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Overview

This fifth volume in the acclaimed Men on Men series brings readers 20 new stories that pulse with humor, energy, and eroticism, as they explore the tender, often painful truths of our lives. Gay writers have stepped out in front of the contemporary literary scene, and so the stories in this collection refuse to conform, be politically correct, or embrace conventions. The "coming out" tale appears in the works of Adam Klein, Joshua David, and Michael Lowenthal, but no longer confessional, no longer familiar, each story will shock and surprise. D. Lee Williams's "Toilet Training" breaks taboos with its portrayal of exploitation, anger, and revenge set in a public men's room. The irresistibly sensual combination of chocolate and sex permeates a wickedly funny tale of seduction in Brian Kirkpatrick's "Hot Chocolate Drops." And Paul Bonin-Rodriguez establishes himself as a writer to be watched with his poignant, hilarious, and bawdy story of gay love at a Texas Dairy Queen.

Again breaking fresh ground with both established and first-time authors of extraordinary talent, Men on Men 5 addresses issues that are immediate and real - and dares to be naughty, sexy, and fun. This is the collection that once again sets the standard for stimulating, provocation, uncommon prose: not just remarkable gay fiction, but remarkable American writing.

This dazzling collection brings together established writers and bright new voices from all over the nation. Jaime Manrique, Gary Glickman, Michael Lowenthal, Robert Rodi, Jameson Currier, and 15 others explore such themes as self-representaion and love, family and fantasy, and simple survival in the time of AIDS.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This recent addition to the "Men on Men" series, now under new editorship, lives up to its subtitle with emphasis on "new." The book reads like overnight dispatches from a primarily young, gay America. It's exciting, too, in its variety. These stories, ranging in place from a Dairy Queen in Texas to a village in Ireland, are narrated by the love-lorn as well as hustlers and were written by a diverse group of men-most of whom share little more than a brief publishing history. If there is one idea that unifies these stories it is that of the lover, whether he's on the horizon, being courted, settling in, becoming dull, dying, or long dead. At times these stories may be gangly or a bit awkward, but that's a good part of their charm. For all fiction collections, especially all public libraries.-Brian Kenney, Brooklyn P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452272446
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: Men on Men Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bergman is a Professor of English at Towson State University, and is the author of Gaiety Transfigured: Gay Representation in American Literature and the editor of Camp Grounds: Style and Homosexuality. Bergman has published poetry in The Paris Review, The New Criterion, and The New Republic. He has edited a collection of Edmund White's essays entitled The Burning Library, and is presently working on a history of the Violet Quill group. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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