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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1ST edition (September 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786716320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786716326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted Gideonse, is a film critic for Maisonneuve and has written for Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Salon.com, The Advocate, and Out. Rob Williams teaches English in San Diego, and his writing has appeared in M2M: New Literary Fiction, Fresh Men, I Do/I Don’t, The Gay and Lesbian Times, and Maisonneuve.

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"I'm interested in storytelling and capturing the intersecting moments in our lives when geography, genetics and experiences merge to create the identity that we present and share with the world."

Michael Gardner earned his M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary's College of California in 2005. His essays have appeared in various American literary journals, such as the Sonora Review and the Seneca Review. His essay, "The Competitive Lives of Gay Twins" was published in the anthology, From Boys to Men, (Carroll & Graf, 2006), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Anthology.

Published in September 2012 by Flammarion, he collaborated with May Vervoordt on the content, text and interviews for the cookbook, At Home With May and Axel Vervoordt.

In addition to a Pushcart Prize nomination, his work has received recognition as a finalist for the New Letters Best Essay Award in 2006 and as a finalist for the 2006 Nonfiction Award from The Guild Literary Complex in Chicago. As a freelance writer, his work has been published in fashion and lifestyle magazines, as well as various art catalogs.

An extensive traveler, he was born and raised in Iowa and has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., northeast England and Nagoya, Japan. He currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2006
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This for-the-most-part very fine collection of 21 essays by gay men writing about growing up (there are two or three selections I would have omitted) reminded me of how much alike we all are and that their experiences and mine, even though we are separated by a generation, are essentially pretty much the same: wanting to be accepted by others, both at home and at school, the crushes on male straight friends, the trauma of playing center field, the fear of taking communal showers, being labeled sensitive or different and the feelings of utter aloneness. There was not so much the name calling then ("fag" and "faggot"), however; our differentness was just not talked about. Or as Lily Tomlin says so aptly in one of her monologues, in the 60's nobody was gay; we were just shy.

The editors include writers, some of them established, many of them publishing for the first time, with fascinating backgrounds: one writer whose parents tell him they are both gay ("Sleeping Eros" by Michael McAllister), another whose twin is also gay ("Competitive Lives of Gay Twins" by Michael Gardner), and finally one writer whose family lived in a converted school bus ("Aplysia californica" by Jason Tougaw).

The best essays in alphabetical order by author are "No Matter What Happens" (David Bahr), "Dick" (Alexander Chee), "Terrence" (Joe Jervis), and "Mom-Voice" by Vestal McIntyre. Chee writes with humor of his obsession from the age of eight with the male body and sex organ, both McIntyre and Bahr's essays are extremely moving accounts of a gay child's relationship with his mother, as is "Terrence," for that matter. Many of us have had a Terrence in our lives. Mine was "Daevid with and E.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terrance H. Heath on March 2, 2007
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Thomas, David, Sean, Marc, Dexter, Johnny, Alex, Brian. I can remember their names and recite them like a roll call of saints and demons; the boys who, largely unbeknownst to them, drew me out of myself and let me to myself all at once in those years between the kindergarten-era dawning of my nascent queerdom to the high-noon of becoming a full fledged 'mo. Some teased, some taunted, and some were tender. But we never, ever touched.

I thought I'd nearly forgotten them, but they're still with me. This book, with its highly readable essays, brought them back to me. But more than that, with every essay it brought back to me parts of the the boy that I was, introduced him to the man became, and let us finally finally embrace each other. Back then he wanted to know that everything would be turn out alright, like the boys in this book. Now I can assure him that it did.

The the rare book that can take you back to a time that wasn't necessarily a happy one when you lived through it, and not only make you want to go there but also make you want to linger. This is one of those rare books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2007
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This is a terrific book. Each story is different, but there is unity in how the men experienced childhood from a distinctively gay perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Tsang on May 6, 2007
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Each and every story captivates you with it's little quirks that you may or may not be able to relate to. And even if you can't, you can almost feel it happen to yourself as you read through it.

An honest piece of work put together by many of today's great writers. Definitely a recommended read.
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