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Leather Blues : A Novel Paperback – October, 1984

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This exquisitely crafted novel of initiation into bikes, leather, S&M, and man-to-man sex pulls no punches when Denny Sargent begins the Inferno rites of passage all men must courageously endure to seal their special male bonding. LEATHER BLUES is an intimately sophisticated odyssey of hard balling sex, of untender mercies, and of the night-hawks men call "Riders on the Storm."

About the Author

JACK FRITSCHER'S 400 published short stories and feature articles have appeared in more than 25 magazines and in several anthologies of "Best-of-the-Year" stories. Of his 5 books of fiction, his best-selling novel, SOME DANCE TO REMEMBER, has been named a classic comparable to novels by Gore Vidal and James Baldwin, and yet is popular enough that critics have called it "the gay GONE WITH THE WIND." His newest collection of fiction is RAINBOW COUNTY AND OTHER STORIES; his new novel for 1998 is the romantic comedy THE GEOGRAPHY OF WOMEN. He is also the author of 4 nonfiction books, including the scandalous MAPPLETHORPE: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY CAMERA; LOVE AND DEATH IN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, his doctoral dissertation; the Anton LaVey centered POPULAR WITCHCRAFT; and the media-savvy TELEVISION TODAY. He is a founding member of the American Popular Culture Association, and has taught creative writing for more than fifteen years at university. He is the recipient of both a Michigan Grant to the Arts and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His coffee-table photography book, published in England and titled JACK FRITSCHER'S AMERICAN MEN, is a completely progressive kind of photo art, because his pictures (each one a titled short story) are of actual American males with none of the usual coffee-table pics of girlyman models leaning in shadows holding hula-hoops. He is deeply established artist who is writer, photographer, and video director whose wildly eccentric work reflects sexuality, intellect, and real life lived in American popular culture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: Palm Drive Publishing (October 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890834270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890834272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you're remotely interested in what gay leather is about, this is a great place to start. It takes you from questioning teenager to confident adult in quick but appropriate time. It's a little out of date with AIDS protections (because it was written before that time), but it tantalizes while it illustrates where (leather) brotherhood comes from.
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This book is a classic -- though fiction, it is one of the seminal texts of butch homosexual masculinism and a definite "must" for any serious leatherman's library. It is a riveting and well-written tale of one young man's self-discovery of machismo and brotherhood through the dark, primal, intense underground of leather, the cult of the motorcycle and BDSM lived out in Old Guard leatherman subculture. For those into this expression and exercise of unrepentant manliness, this book is a guaranteed good read and re-read for years to come.
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I've been reading bits of this novel in serial in magazines since I first saw it published in "Drummer" magazine in the early 1970s, and in "Stroke" mag and in "Man2Man" and in "Honcho" mag. Something in it caught my fancy and has held it. I was surprised to find out recently that "Leather Blues" was written in 1969 and first published as "I Am Curious (Leather)" which is the title used way back in "Drummer". Maybe I just like rough leather sex written before the rise of commercialized corporate culture. God knows the twit lit that's around. This novel is fearless. It lets the whole scene hang out. It's short in page lenth, but if you read slow you can make the whole damn thing's fantasies last real long.
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