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Aldo Alvarez

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  • Interesting Monsters: Fictions (2001)
    What does your soul sound like? Mark, a has-been pop star at 40, converts his mother's attic into a recording studio to find out. Dean, who has AIDS, moves to his native Puerto Rico with his partner to enjoy his last few months of life, only to find himself battling a scheming, homophobic real estate agent who is ultimately trapped by her own wicked plans.

    With a playful intelligence, Alvarez shows that the real monsters in these stories are the prejudices that keep us silent and invisible. Here, the living visit the dead, lovers and friends endure catastrophic first dates and heartbreaking good-byes, and the lucky ones, sometimes, find true love.

  • Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (2008), Thomas Glave, ed.
    The thirty-seven authors hail from the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Suriname, and Trinidad. Many have lived outside the Caribbean, and their writing depicts histories of voluntary migration as well as exile from repressive governments, communities, and families. Many pieces have a political urgency that reflects their authors’ work as activists, teachers, community organizers, and performers. Desire commingles with ostracism and alienation throughout: in the evocative portrayals of same-sex love and longing, and in the selections addressing religion, family, race, and class. From the poem “Saturday Night in San Juan with the Right Sailors” to the poignant narrative “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?” to an eloquent call for the embrace of difference that appeared in the Nassau Daily Tribune on the eve of an anti-gay protest, Our Caribbean is a brave and necessary book.

    Includes contributions by: Achy Obejas, Aldo Alvarez, Andrew Salkey, Anton Nimblett, Assotto Saint, Audre Lorde, Marilyn Bobes, Colin Robinson, Dionne Brand, Faizal Deen, Gloria Wekker, H. Nigel Thomas, Helen Klonaris, José Alcántara Almánzar, Juanita Ramos, Kevin Everod Quashie, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Lawrence Scott, Lawson Williams, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Mabel Rodríguez Cuesta, Makeda Silvera, Michelle Cliff, Ochy Curiel, Patricia Powell, Pedro de Jesús, R. Erica Doyle, Rane Arroyo, Jesús J. Barquet , Reinaldo Arenas, Rinaldo Walcott, Rosamond S. King, Shani Mootoo, Thomas Glave, Timothy S. Chin, Virgilio Piñera, and Wesley E. A. Crichlow.

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