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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593501439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593501433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christopher Bram is the author of nine novels, including The Notorious Dr. August, Lives of the Circus Animals. His fifth novel, Gods and Monsters, was made into the Oscar-winning movie. He grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William and Mary.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2009
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Christopher Bram is such a gifted story teller that it would stand to reason that his ramblings about his own life and about such varied topics as Henry James, adolescent problems of deciding sexuality, the effect of AIDS on literature, gossip novels, etc. would be rich in anecdotes and humor and philosophy. But even appreciation of his depth of literary skills does not provide the reader of MAPPING THE TERRITORY with an adequate clue as to just how fine Bram writes essays such as these.

Much of the book falls into the autobiographical zone: 'Slow Learners' is an extended 'novella' of Bram's highschool, college, and grad school days as they molded his preference for friends in general and life partners in particular - an at times hilarious tale and at times tender and supportive guide to figuring out life as a young man. He also offers a rich essay on the books that influenced his own writing, books he reviews for the reader in a way that few other reviewers can. He shares his views of life in the Village in New York, revisits Larry Kramer's notorious novel 'Faggots', and delves into Oscar Wilde with a penchant for wit and concrete criticism.

Woven throughout this endlessly entertaining book is Christopher Bram's elegant use of the English language. Reading this collection adds to his stature as one of America's finest writers. And he seems like a guy you'd like to have over to dinner! Communication, elucidation, and warmth suffuse these pages as only Christopher Bram could write. Grady Harp, October 09
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fuchs on November 1, 2009
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Once again, Bram hits the mark. A wonderful journey into the head and heart of one of today's best writers.His immersion and observations prove to be a true odyssey through the gay culture of the last thirty years. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tatham on June 1, 2010
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When I gave up on other writers of his ilk such as Mr White and Mr Leavitt long ago, Mr Bram has been a consistently solid intelligent and intriguing story teller.

With the exception of "Gossip" (his least successful work in my view)the strength of his writing has matured and the relationship the reader has with the author has as well. "Dr August" is such a rich and rewarding novel, it ranks as one of my all time favorites. So reading this book with its personal insights through a series of essays was a test of 'our' relationship.

A test of whether we still engaged after 25 years 'together'. After a rocky start the conclusion was an affirmation. The essay on straight male novelists was frankly bizarre and boring. The one on Kramer's 'Faggots' was amusing and the lament of the demise of the Oscar Wilde bookshop resonated personally because I had visited it a number of times on trips to New York (from Australia) and was a saddened in June 2009 to turn up on the doorstep of...nothing. It had gone.

Having now 'met' Mr Bram though this book, having agreed and disagreed with him throughout, I can say that I like him, not just his books. I recommend this book to Mr Bram's readers to test the relationship and get more of the sense of the man who is one of the truly great story tellers of our time.
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