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Waves: An Anthology of Gay Literature
     

Waves: An Anthology of Gay Literature

by Ethan Mordden
 
Avant-garde photographers and closeted cops. Sexual buccaneers and yearning celibates. Dutiful uncles and embittered sons. Healthy men who live in terror of getting sick. Sick men who find that their debility suddenly makes them fearless.

What unites the characters in this triumphantly outspoken anthology is a sexual orientation that has made them outsiders in

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Avant-garde photographers and closeted cops. Sexual buccaneers and yearning celibates. Dutiful uncles and embittered sons. Healthy men who live in terror of getting sick. Sick men who find that their debility suddenly makes them fearless.

What unites the characters in this triumphantly outspoken anthology is a sexual orientation that has made them outsiders in contemporary America. What unites the fourteen stories that Ethan Mordden — himself one of our best-known gay writers — has collected here is an outsider's acuity of vision, a gaze that deconstructs the straight world even as it explores the landscape of sexual otherness.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
With an ever-increasing number of anthologized gay writing, each collection must convincingly define some sort of mission to justify its reason for being. In his lengthy introduction, Mordden purports to have uncovered the vanguard of new gay male writers and baptizes them the ``Third Wave'' (that is, following the Seventies' Violet Quill aesthetes and Eighties AIDS realists). While some of the individual pieces contain pertinent and solid writing (notably those by Jon Weir, Richard Davis, Scott Heim, and Jim Provenzano), Mordden's uneven selections, which include also-ran magazine pieces and a chapter from a successful 1990 novel (Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World, LJ 10/15/90), do not deliver his desired ``sense of urgency.'' Discontents (LJ 5/15/92) better revealed the experimental fringes of contemporary gay writing, and Mordden's essential literary objective-the clarification of ``the gay condition for gay readers''-has been better realized in the ongoing ``Men on Men'' series from Dutton. By comparison, this collection amounts to merely a ripple.-Douglas McClemont, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679744771
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.63(d)

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