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Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire) Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Curt Child is gay but wants to look and act more gay to help him attract a man and make everyone see that he's gay so he doesn't have to tell them directly, including his own parents.
To help him be more overtly gay, Curt consults an old friend, S. Teri O'Type. He is a guru of all things (stereotypically) thought of as gay, a gayru. As his gayru, Teri tries to teach Curt how to act, talk and dress more gay, where to go clubbing, what dog breed to choose, which tv-series to like, how to become a Pink Swan, who in Friends is not a gay man deep down (and it's not the female characters), and much, much more.
All of this is described as dialogue between Curt and Teri and his very gay little dog, Cary Grant. The dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny, satirical, witty and at times surreal, with surprising word plays and associations and leaps of logic, plus some nicely recurring images. It's a little like watching Alice in Wonderland taking lessons from the Mad Hatter. And it does bring out your inner drag queen:
- "A cute little girlfriend does not a straight boy make." It seems like a tangent from the dog discussion, but I have to concur. I used to be one, with one, though wasn't one. Like a one plus-one-is-zero situation, I reckon.
- "Are you absolutely sure?" he wouldn't stop asking. And when I said that I was very sure, he pouty-smiled at me as if I'd claimed to have an IQ of 230.
- "Of course there is," Teri shouts from the bedroom. "They're right on the other side of that wall, behind the sodding Yucca, you goat. Can't you hear the applause?" "Really? They're applauding? For me?" I say, examining the walls in vain for an audience.Read more ›
"Curt Child is your everyday man in his mid-forties, but he has a problem. He just can't seem to get gay enough for anyone to notice, and that's why he's enlisted the help of his oldest--and gayest--friend S. Teri O'Type to drag him a few inches down The Road to Greater Gayness."
This book interested me in that I'm in a similar situation, although I'm not in my mid-forties, far from it, by at least a few years . . . oh well. I recently moved back home, leaving my comfortable little world behind. I have to make new friends, but I'm so out of touch with `the gay community'. After 30, you're considered ancient, I've gained weight, there's some gray in my hair, `cause I haven't had a good cut and color in ages, and I can't remember the last time I got my buttocks waxed and buffed, (never). I'm certain my `membership card' will be revoked because I've gotten so un-gay. So, I read this book, because even though it's a satire, I hoped to find nuggets of wisdom to encourage me to be a better gay. I found that wisdom in this book, but not in the way I expected to. Make sure you stay with the book to the second half, where it all starts to add up. This is like Paulo Coelho's `The Alchemist', a simple story until you get smacked in the face by the hand of profoundness. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was fun and meaningful, a highly recommended must-read for any gay man struggling with what it means to be `gay'.
But then... on the other side of all that fantastical-ness... there was Teri. I realise Teri's character flaws are intentional. And I understand why setting up his persona that way was necessary. None of that changes the fact that I still have a serious dislike for him.
Regardless, the book was a good read and it ended well and as I've said a million times, I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I can't wait to see what Mr. Allen brings out next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A boisterous lampoon, with ironic edgings, of getting
along in a dipsy hs-het world dominated by pizza,
beer-prosecco, Tommy Hilfiger and buds who call each
other... Read more
What do you do if you're a gay man but your OMG - Oh! Mighty Gayru - tells you you need to be more noticeably gay? Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Kazza - On Top Down Under Book Reviews
I am not a professional writer, nor do I consider myself extremely well-read. I am just an average girl who likes to get her teeth into a good book. "Conversations with S. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Greenwends
For those looking for a comedic, moving read about self-acceptance, I highly recommend this book.
Simply put, great read, great characters, great writing! Read more
I`ve always enjoyed Chris Allen`s blog, so I was really keen to get my hands on this book. It`s roller-coaster ride through the world of "gayness" and between laughing and enjoying... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Nanny
This satirical piece from the perspective of a 'dysfagtional' gay man--a man who... likes men, but seems to be lacking in all the traits that would clue anyone ELSE into that... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Hart Johnson