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They Change the Subject
     

They Change the Subject

by Douglas A. Martin
 

Treacherously comic and poignant, the autobiographical stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man’s quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected

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Treacherously comic and poignant, the autobiographical stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man’s quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected emotional encounters—from an escort’s dates in Manhattan hotels to a photo shoot that doubles as seduction. Always pushing toward a bigger shiver of passion, Martin’s young-man-on-the-make learns how to adapt his persona to suit his lovers’ needs and tries to embrace his own experience—and his self—by becoming the purest object of desire.

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“Douglas Martin is a polished, inventive, soulful writer, and this collection is a short, sweet, full contemplation of desire and love.”—Mack Friedman, author of Strapped for Cash

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299214746
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Martin's first novel, Outline of My Lover, was nominated for the American Library Association's GLBT Book Award, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and named an international book of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. It has been adapted in part by the Ballett Frankfurt in the production Kammer/Kammer. The author of two collections of poetry, Martin currently teaches at New School University in New York.

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