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See What Else is On
     

See What Else is On

by Art Rubin
 
Matthew Matheson has a demon inside him. But this isn't any ordinary demon.

Instead of getting Matthew to do terrible things, this demon tells him to always do the right thing. It also urges him to stop getting his cues from other people on how to live, and instead create his own unique life.

So why does Matthew call it a "demon?" Because it's

Overview

Matthew Matheson has a demon inside him. But this isn't any ordinary demon.

Instead of getting Matthew to do terrible things, this demon tells him to always do the right thing. It also urges him to stop getting his cues from other people on how to live, and instead create his own unique life.

So why does Matthew call it a "demon?" Because it's keeping him from connecting with the world around him, and he's terribly lonely.

In desperation, he asks his technology-obsessed brother Gomer to help him exorcise his demon. Gomer advises him to just hang in there because, in the not-too-distant future, Matthew will download his consciousness into a computer and live there forever. The computer will feed him any kind of life he wants. And that means bye-bye demon.

As Matthew impatiently awaits his new machine home, his demon continues its evil ways. When Matthew tries to escape his current life by imbibing every substance he can find, he immediately pukes them all up. When he attempts to take his mind off things with endless entertainment, he finds he's unable to watch movies or TV anymore. And any book he tries to read falls from his hand before he can finish the first page.

There's only one thing left: sex--and plenty of it. Matthew, who's gay, now embarks on a series of quick pick-ups and one-night-stands. But after only a few partners, he suddenly turns completely impotent.

Longing to get away from everything, he moves to a beautiful mountain town in North Carolina. His landlord Darren, a gay ex-Mormon whose church once tried to electrocute his dick into "normalcy," urges Matthew to take his own dick back from his oppressors.

But how do you take your dick back from a demon?

Soon after, Matthew meets Eben, an evangelical Christian who begs Matthew to teach him how to become impotent too. For Eben's own abundant dick problems are keeping him from fully serving God.

Matthew resists all of Eben's efforts to convert him, since Matthew can't accept the Bible's "schizo" version of God. But when Eben turns on the hellfire full blast, Matthew finds he can accept that version after all--out of sheer terror. And now Matthew will have all the friends he could want in Eben's church. Friends who'll keep his loneliness at bay until the machine finally comes for him.

One night, as Matthew happily reflects on his two ways to lose himself completely--Eben's terrorist God and Gomer's machine tomb--a voice from out of nowhere makes a suggestion:

"See what else is on."

And what Matthew learns from that voice about Life and Love will not only change his own life, but the lives of Darren and Eben, forever.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015924978
Publisher:
Art Rubin
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
684 KB

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