The Boom Economy: Or, Scenes from Clerical Life
Dennis Bacchus is a man who has outlived himself.
HIV-positive and prepared to die at any minute, he finds himself in the
late 1990s blessed with life-giving drugs, supportive friends, a boom
economy, and an era of never-ending celebration-and he doesn't know what
to do with himself.
For ten years he has traveled and celebrated a curtailed life with the
similarly infected Jimmy and, though Dennis was never that close to
Jimmy, he decided to let the friendship run its course to the end. Now
there's no end in sight. Stuck with leftover friendships, careers, and
commitments, what can a man do but become a priest? The Boom Economy
covers what was supposed to be the last decade of Dennis Bacchus' life,
but turns out to be the first decade of the rest of it. The Boom
Economy is a novel about conversion-not just seroconversion or
religious conversion, but all of the social, spiritual, and emotional
problems of changing from one life to another. At once raucous and
serious, pagan and saintly, it's a look at the way we live now. Again.
Love, the Magician
In April of 1997, Tristan
Broder makes a pilgrimage of sorts from San Francisco to the prickly
desert and scalped mountains around Tucson, Arizona, the place where he
helped bury his partner Joe five years before. Guided by a comet that
crossed the spring sky that year, he wanders toward renewal and
resurrection, memory and mystery, deadly secrets and dark intentions.
There are plenty of people in the desert who still love Tristan as much
as they did Joe. There's Maria, Joe's wild sister, now a converted
Pentecostal; her truck-driving husband Earl; Joe's mother with the dog
Murphy she found one day abandoned in the desert; and Joe's best friend
Mik, a tough-minded Punjabi Muslim whose one vanity is his long silken
hair. With open and glad hearts, they join Tristan to help him make a
memorial to the whole-souled man he loved. Yet, despite the fact that
they are all bound, like Tristan, by the memory and love for the saint
who once lived among them, every one of them is hiding something.
But Tristan has secrets too, deadly ones, and when he sees how
spellbound he and the others remain in the memory of Joe and what he
meant to each of them, he finds himself fighting to break the power of
the invisible magician. Romance has beauty and glamour, but it also
possesses dark and even dangerous ends. And in order to find his own way
toward renewal, Tristan must one by one harm the people who want to love
and protect him.
Set in a swift, single weekend against the stark backdrop of the Sonoran
desert amid the extraordinary Easter ceremonies of the Yaqui Nation--a
Native American tribe that mingles their own customs with Western
Catholicism to create a passion play of rejuvenation--Love, the Magician
is a tale of a broken-hearted soul who will, in order to live, break
The Genius of Desire: A Novel
Michael Bellman is not your average little boy. He
speaks to plates, banisters, and other household objects (preferring
them to people). He frequently confesses to sins he never committed
(like adultery). And he's hopelessly drawn to the romantic notion of a
secret, double life.
Michael spends summers in Monsalvat, Michigan, coming of age in a loving
tangle of great aunts, great uncles, cousins once-removed (but
ever-present), and one tough-looking, silently scary grandmother. The
Kaisers are a wild, highly eccentric bunch: Great Uncle Jimmy speaks to
his dead wife during meals and proudly proclaims himself the Fattest Man
in the World; Cousin Anne torments and taunts Michael beyond endurance;
reckless Cousin Tommy secretly smokes cigars and can't wait to "kick
butt in 'Nam"--and Michael watches every magical move he makes.
A few years and one driver's license later, as family alliances change
and long-silent desires surface, Michael begins to understand his
attraction to the double life because he's living one--at roadside rest
stops, in library washrooms and public parks. Coming out is the first
step, coming to terms is the next....
- Brian Bouldrey traveled to the island of Corsica,
with its wine-dark Mediterranean waters, powdered-sugar beach sand,
sumptuous cuisine, and fine wine. And then he walked away from all of
Honorable Bandit: A Walk across Corsica
Bouldrey strapped on a backpack and walked across Napoleon's native land
with the same spirit many choose to dance or drink: to celebrate, to
mourn, to think, to avoid thinking, to recall, to ignore, to escape, and
This wonderfully textured account of a two-week ramble along a famous
Corsican hiking trail with his German friend Petra (she was good at the
downhills while he was better at the uphills) offers readers a journal
that is a launching point for reflection: thoughts on cultural
differences, friendship, physical challenge, personal challenge, and
getting very, very lost. Part travelogue, part memoir, and part lampoon,
this book offers readers an impressionistic view of a little talked
about yet stunningly beautiful landscape.
Monster Adventures in American Machismo
(2001) -- Finalist 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Autobiography/Memoir
Straight, gay, macho man, or great big sissy, it's tough to be a guy.
Brian Bouldrey is a bona fide sissy - but he was also an Eagle Scout and
a member of the Order of the Arrow with a secret Indian name that
translates as "Active One."
In "Monster" Bouldrey goes undercover and over the top to stalk machismo
in action. At the same time Bouldrey bares his own soul - and
imperfections - with disarming, and often hilarious, honesty.
The memoir is fast gaining on the novel as the
most popular literary form for readers and writers today. Gone are the
days when people used to talk over the back fence, swapping stories and
the day's gossip. Enter the next best thing: the autobiography, back
porch conversation in book form. Contemporary and fresh, The
Autobiography Box presents innovative writing suggestions in a
visually dynamic, totally inviting, hands-on portable kit. Sixty
appealing cards filled with quotes, questions, directions, and exercises
provide the practice, while an engaging book with journal spaces for
fill-in and excerpts from such literary greats as Vladimir Nabokov,
Marcel Proust, Muriel Spark, and Tobias Wolff offer the inspiration.
Perfect for both beginning and seasoned writers, The Autobiography
Box is all any memoirist needs to get started-that and maybe a comfy
porch swing and a tall glass of lemonade.
The Autobiography Box: A Step-by-Step Kit for Examining the Life Worth Living
Harrington Gay Men's Fiction Quarterly Vol. 1 No. 1 1999
Includes works by David Ebershoff,
David Ivie, Keith Banner, Kelly McQuain,
Peter Weltner, and Robert Gluck
Writing Home: Award-Winning Literature from the New West (1999) with James D. Houston
The James Duval Phelan and Joseph Henry Jackson
awards, two of America's most distinguished and daring literary prizes,
have long been administered by the San Francisco Foundation. Given to
Western writers between the ages of twenty and thirty-five, many of the
winners have gone on to notable writing careers and national prominence.
Writing Home delivers some of the most vivid, playful, and provocative
writings by previous award-winners. Fenton Johnson describes his first
glimpse of California on a television screen in a Kentucky living room.
James Houston lovingly traces the migrations of his ancestors from
Buncombe County, North Carolina, over the Appalachian Mountains and
eventually to the West Coast. Ernest Gaines tells of a young black man's
return home to the Deep South after having lived in the Bay Area. Wendy
Lesser, Frank Chin, James Broughton, Leonard Gardner, Jane Hirshfield,
Philip Levine, and others add their own unique voices and perspectives.
In this collection of memoir and personal essay,
fiction, and poetry, a diverse group of award-winning and superbly
skilled writers create a confederacy of voices. Sometimes they sing
harmoniously, sometimes they argue with each other, but always, they
return to the ambiguities and contradictions of living counter to and
harmoniously with this mythic land.
Traveling Souls: Contemporary Pilgrimage Stories
This anthology contains a foreword by Pico Iyer
and travel stories by Abigail Seymour, Alane Salierno Mason,
Alice Walker, Anne Cushman, Barbara
Wilson, Gary Paul Nabhan, Gretel Ehrlich, Jennifer Lash, John Hanson
Mitchell, Malcolm X, Marvin Barrett, Michael Wolfe, Oliver Statler,
Rachel Kadish, and Satish Kumar
Best American Gay Fiction
Now in its third year, the "Best American Gay
Fiction" anthology series is full of surprises. The exceptional writing
collected here has been culled from mainstream and alternative
publications, ranging from historical fiction to erotica, from high
comedy to suspense, from the experimental to the documentary.
Best American Gay Fiction #2
Following the success of last year's debut
volume, this Best American Gay Fiction collection broadens the range of
contributors, styles, and genres. Here is outstanding new work by such
well-known writers as Andrew Holleran,
William Sterling Walker
and alongside fresh talents who capture the full spectrum of gay life
today -- African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. The impressive
writing presented here -- all drawn from works published in 1996 --
reflects this diversity as well, and ranges from coming-of-age
narratives to reflections on growing older, from edgy 'zine fiction to
elegant tales wrought with lapidary precision.
Unified only by their excellence, these twenty-one selections are
resounding proof of yet another banner year for gay fiction.
Wrestling with the Angel: Faith and Religion in the Lives of Gay Men
Winner 2001 Lambda Literary Award for
In highly personal twenty-one essays, gay men recount
their struggles with institutionalized religion, their longing for
spirituality, and the meaning of their experiences for theology.
Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing
(2004), Raphael Kadushin, ed.
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.
Boyer Rickel, Brian Bouldrey,
Robert Tewdwr Moss,
Wayne Koestenbaum, and
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