Alistair McCartney's writing has
appeared in numerous places, including Fence, The James White
Review, Wonderlands: Gay Travel Writing, Aroused
(edited by Karen Finley) and Mirage #4 Periodical (edited by
Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy.) He is currently finishing off a book
of fiction, The End of The World Book, to be published by The
University of Wisconsin Press (06-07). He teaches creative writing and
literature in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.
Originally from Australia, he now lives in Los Angeles with his partner
-- from Saints & Sinners
The End of the World Book: A Novel
This is no ordinary novel. An encyclopedia of memory—from A to Z—The
End of the World Book deftly intertwines fiction, memoir, and cultural
history, reimagining the story of the world and one man’s life as they both
hurtle toward a frightening future. Alistair McCartney’s alphabetical guide to
the apocalypse layers images like a prose poem, building from Aristotle to da
Vinci, hip-hop to lederhosen, plagues to zippers, while barreling from
antiquity to the present.
In this profound book about mortality, McCartney composes an irreverent
archive of philosophical obsessions and homoerotic fixations, demonstrating
the difficulty of separating what is real from what is imagined.
Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing (2004)
Living up to its title, Wonderlands comes fueled by
wanderlust and features every kind of wonderland. In fact, the
collection's contributors--a mix of established gay writers and the
best of the new generation--don't settle for the obvious. Focusing
on the sheer visceral thrill of travel, the adventure of it, they
set out all over the world and always find something unexpected:
love, passion, history, themselves.
The result is an
anthology of dynamic writing that will motivate readers to book their
next flight, or at least get them dreaming of other places. And the
places are legion. Mack Friedman
sets off into the deceptively butch wilds of Alaska.
Robert Tewdwr Moss tracks through
the back roads of Syria and his own version of Arabian Nights.
Colm Tóibín discovers a Spanish Brigadoon and
Edward Field drinks tea
with Paul Bowles. For Wayne Koestenbaum
Vienna is both a city of high low culture, and for
Philip Gambone Asia becomes a place of
second chances. Raphael Kadushin
settles into the ethereal sun of a Dutch spring,
Michael Lowenthal remembers a jarring encounter in the
Scottish Highlands, and Tim Miller tallies the 1001 beds he has
slept in all over the world. And
Edmund White, in a classic of
elegiac travel writing, recounts his harrowing drive through the
Sahara with a man he loved.
Even though advances in society and social norms have made it more
common for gay men to have human children, for many gay men, our
dogs play an even more important role in our lives. They love us
unconditionally; they comfort us when we are in pain; and because
it's most likely that we will outlive them, they teach us to cope
We decided to parlay our backgrounds-- Neil as a gay writer and dog
owner, Sharon as a journalist, dog show judge and award-winning
breeder of Whippets and Brussels Griffons-- to explore this
connection. We asked talented writers to contribute their thoughts,
and Sharon interviewed celebrities and ordinary men about their
relationships with their dogs.
With contributions by Alistair McCartney,
Andy Zeffer, Brian McCormick,
Charles Busch, David Mizejewski, Donald Hardy, Edward Albee, G.
Russell Overton, Hal Campbell, J.R.G. DeMarco, Jack Morton,
Jay Quinn, Jeffrey Ricker, Jonathan
Caouette, Justin Rudd, Kevin Anderson,
Lev Raphael, Matthew Phillips, Michael Wallerstein,
Neil Plakcy, Randall McCormick, Randy Allgaier,
Sharon Sakson, Stephen Kwielchek, Steve
Berman, and Victor Banis