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After Words: Real Sex From Gay Men's Diaries Paperback – December 1, 2001

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After heady doses of history and theory, readers can turn to more book-based pursuits with a title from Kevin Bentley (Sailor: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon): Afterwords: Real Sex from Gay Men's Diaries. Whether it's love or lust or power games, the scenarios are always hot. Oral sex with Croatian hustlers in back allies, orgies in French bars, anonymous encounters in cemeteries and bath houses, three-ways, s&m and every other variety of gay sexual encounter is recounted in detail. Many contributors take pains to describe their emotional and physical reactions, the milieu, the sky, the city streets. This top-drawer erotic anthology from a well-known and well-respected house will sell like hotcakes.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kevin Bentley's creative nonfiction has appeared in The James White Review, ZYZZYVA, Diseased Pariah News, and in Flesh & Them Word 4 and 5, His 2 and Bar Stories. He wrote the text for The Naked Heartland and is the author of Sailor: Vintage Photos of an American Icon.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555836569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555836566
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,950,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New Mexico during the "crossfire hurricane" year of 1968, Mitch Cullin is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel-in-verse BRANCHES, THE COSMOLOGY OF BING, UNDERSURFACE, and the globe-spanning story collection FROM THE PLACE IN THE VALLEY DEEP IN THE FOREST. To date, his books have been translated into 14 languages.

A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND, his revisionist account of an elderly Sherlock Holmes in retirement, is currently in pre-production with Focus Features. The film adaptation of his novel TIDELAND was directed and co-scripted by former Monty Pythoner Terry Gilliam, produced by Jeremy Thomas, and starred Jeff Bridges, Janet McTeer, and Jennifer Tilly. Besides slowly loosing his hair and writing novels in increasingly smaller and expensive dwellings throughout southwestern America, he continues to collaborate in all things with his long-term partner Peter I. Chang.

With Chang as director/editor, he produced I WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA, a documentary about the street musician Hisao Shinagawa that premiered at the 2006 Atlanta Underground Film Festival and went on to have multiple screenings at the 2006 Santa Fe Film Festival. In 2009, a second Chang-Cullin documentary feature, TOKYO IS DREAMING, had its premier at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the U.K., and features a soundtrack by Calexico's John Convertino.

He continues to write novels in decreasing spurts and increasing sputters, but usually he can be found ambling around his garden in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen O. Murray VINE VOICE on June 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
A book with 32 chapters by 29 authors would be difficult to review even if there was not considerable variance in quality. That the chapters are comprised of entries in diaries/journals about sex and that the entries vary considerably in length, graphic detail, era, and geography increases the difficulty of making generalizations.

The book is definitely not for anyone (straight or gay) who is squeamish about graphic details of male-male sex or of erotic desperation. Not that all the selections include either of these. The lengthiest chapter involves S&M (mostly dominance/submission, but with some infliction of pain) and others describe bodies and pleasures in detail. Some other writers were desperately seeking a spouse. Perhaps that is the major divide, not just among the authors but among gay men more generally: those who want to marry, settle down, and raise kids and those (some of them in open relationships) who enjoy meeting through meating and are fascinated by novelty rather than the comforts of familiarity. Some of the authors deplore anonymous sex, some revel in it.

There is poignancy. There is wit. And even some wisdom (after David Leddick described disappointment in his natal family, a man told him: "They are not your family, they are only your relatives"). There are reports of encounters that make me embarrassed for the author and/or his sexual partner. Most of the entries/selections do not seem meant to arouse. The exception (the longest chapter in the book) is titled "Something Sensational to Read on the Train" but is more analytic than incantory about what excited David May between 1978 and 1984.

The choice of lines from within the chapters as titles deserve special praise, and the author bios are unusually entertaining.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Presumably true accounts of gay encounters, "Afterwords ..." offers more than same-sex erotica and is a step or two above carnalism by describing encounters in which love (and not just lust) is a factor. Still other entries smack of socio-politicism and make subtle judgments on the "political correctness" of being a man wanting to make love with another man. Regardless of each story's base - lust, romanticism, politicism - "Afterwords ..." is nonetheless steamy and erotic ...Amazingly, while the entries serve to get the pulse rate going faster, they also impress a sense of beauty of love and make sublimial references to issues that engulf gay sexual issues. The read is well worth it, and "Afterwords ..." makes us believe we're actually reading someone's private diary.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Hanssen on April 24, 2003
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How many of you out there have secretly wanted to read someone else's diary at one time or another? You know it's wrong, but curiosity gets the better of you. This book capitalizes on that theme of curiosity, and the thrill one gets when learning something secret about someone else's private affairs. These 20 stories may or may not be actual diary entries, but that's really not important. It's a thrill just the same. The stories are written in actual journal entries, and are very realistic.
There are many notable contributors like David Leddick, Felice Picano, Jim Buck, and others. A broad sampling of many sexual interests and lifestyles of gay men are presented for our enjoyment. These are explicit stories covering encounters in bath houses, one-night stands, three-ways, S&M and erotic scenarios that are vividly hot. This is an erotic collection of stories to get lost in on those off nights. They may be real diaries entries or just fantasies but who cares, they are exciting to read no matter what.
Joe Hanssen
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2003
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Eeuw! Some of the personal voices speaking in here are interesting, but only for a while because so many of them are simplistic, whiney, and just not very engaging. You just can't put first drafts between 2 covers and pass it off as "reality (TV)" survivor experiences.
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