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Real Men Ride Horses: Lost Stories of an American Desert Paperback – March 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Lethe Press; New edition (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590210417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590210413
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,884,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Set in the New Mexican desert, Shakin's book is a collection of startlingly vivid, often witty stories, many informed by a strong sense of the history of the area and the cultural differences of those who live there, as well as their sexual and gender variations. --glbtq, an Encylopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer Culture

With a staccato beat and raw sexuality, Ken Shakin writes visceral tales about loneliness, lust, and love with an evocative voice. The prose feels breathless--like a confession-- and uses tense and POV to great effect. The unnamed narrators tell tales of cowboys and Indians, real and imagined, with forlorn longing. Using the desert as setting and metaphor, Shakin's stories are direct like a punch to the gut. --Vincent Diamond, author of Rough Cut

More About the Author

Ken Shakin is a literary rude boy. His irreverent books stain the shelves of the public library, including Love Sucks (1997), Real Men Ride Horses (1999), and Grandma Gets Laid (2008), "calculated to send a shiver down even the most desensitized spine" (Omnilit). Walking the thin line between journalism and fiction, this roving reporter has made a career of searching the world for a story, to write the other side of normal life, crossing the borders of taste into the transgressive nature of the human beast.

The New York native is a graduate of the Juilliard School, with a degree in piano. He lives in Berlin in a house at a lake where, according to the plaque commemorating the spot, once upon a time not so long ago troublemakers in the neighborhood were dragged from their homes and drowned.

And yes, Ken Shakin is his real name.

"Shakin's darkly humorous and perverse works have earned him an underground following, largely due to the fact that he flaunts every standard of decency."--Contemporary Authors

"Ken Shakin has a way with the English language and even though you may not like what is going on, you will keep reading just to have a taste of some of the best literary style that I have read in a very long time. Each sentence is a pearl that shines with the beauty of the language in which it was written."--Amos Lassen, Amazon top 100 reviewer

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