- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Authorhouse (December 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585003794
- ISBN-13: 978-1585003792
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,535,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Johnny in the Spot
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In a world where gay men are strictly defined as effeminate, weak, un-athletic sissy's who smile submissively with limp wrists, Ed Gallagher violates our cultural, societal, and global hallucinations. Gay men in general, and gay jocks in particular, will revel in the main character's revolution from within as he wrestles with such socially proscribed apparitions, and, surprisingly, survives as himself.
This book is for everyone - women and men, young and old, black and white, straight and gay, those with disabilities and those without. It is for anyone whose power has been limited by a lack of self-esteem and is inspired by gay men, whose self-esteem is making the deepest revolution.
The story of the main character's (Johnny spokain) adolescence, is almost haunting. It reminds me of a stephen king story in its portrayal of the nasty things that children and adults do. I don't want to mislead anyone, though. The story rings very true.
If you want to read a great story and with lots of substance and you don't mind reflecting on adolescence, I would recomend this book for you.
In Johnny In the Spot, Ed Gallagher, a disabled gay man himself, tackles the demons head on. We are drawn into Johnny�s struggle as he defines his role. Gays see themselves and draw comfort from a shared past. Straight society gains insight into the pressures placed on impressionable youth to conform. When Johnny becomes disabled, both cultures are slapped with the realism of truth. We have been conditioned to �look away� from differences. The author graphically and intelligently walks us through Johnny�s world. A world we are only a split second away from.
As an educator and a gay man, I am keenly aware of the conflicts that young men face. Forced into a role they find unnatural in order to gain approval or in many instances for sheer survival. Ed Gallagher�s novel provides a basis for hope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ed Gallagher's difficult life before, during and after his as a disabled gay man is told as a sort of 'roman a clef' in this sometimes painful yet truthful story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Provenzano
I think Ed accomplished delivering an experience of learning how precious our gifts are. The work entertains and educates, it drew me in and had me anxious for the next page. Read morePublished on June 7, 2006 by Thomas Marino
I read Ed Gallagher's novel, "Johnny in the Spot," with some degree of trepidation. It takes place over the course of one day--all 200+ pages--and is written in the... Read morePublished on April 7, 2002 by Steven R. Schreibman
"johnny in the spot" is a facsinating story, that outlines clearly, the choices, complications, implications, and predicaments associated with the simple, but not so... Read morePublished on May 8, 2000 by justus caesar
Ed Gallagher's work does a wonderful job of addressing the questions many youths face; especially sexual identity. The author does this with both insight and a sense of humor.Published on April 12, 2000 by William Suesholtz