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All Ears

All Ears Criticism, Essays and Obituaries Dennis Cooper All Ears collects this important novelist’s lesser-known work as a journalist and essayist, and several new previously unpublished pieces. As a journalist, he is solid and well-formed. He has an approachable informality, unawed by massive celebrity. His straightforward interviews with Leonardo DiCaprio, Courtney Love, Keanu Reeves, and Bob Mould disarm...

An Intimate Life

As the 1960s presented social upheaval and the Sexual Revolution, Cohen Greene found herself drawn to alternative sexual paths, and ultimately achieved a rich and rewarding career as a surrogate partner. An Intimate Life offers a candid look into the personal and professional life of a surrogate partner, examining the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing something most people do not immediately understand.

Assume Nothing

Assume Nothing Rebecca Swan, Foreword by Judith “Jack” Halberstam With this intimate series of images and interviews, Rebecca Swan has brought the traditional concept of gender under the microscope, launching an inquiry into the understanding of gender across cultures, nations, and generations. Assume Nothing features frank and arresting images of twenty-five participants, along with their candid—and...

Be a Father to Your Child

Be a Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men on Family, Love, and Fatherhood Edited by April R. Silver The anthology includes poems and lyrics, short stories, essays, interviews, and commentaries on parenting and relationships – all from the perspective fathers and sons born at or during the same time that hip hop culture was birthed. In addition, the book will be accompanied by extraordinary photos of...

Bend, Don’t Shatter

Bend, Don’t Shatter Poets on the Beginning of Desire Edited by T. Cole Rachel and Rita D. Costello Bend Don’t Shatter is an anthology of poetry for young adults that realistically and beautifully deals with what it means to come of age as gay, lesbian, transgender, or, as is perhaps more often the case in adolescence, totally confused. The anthology approaches the seemingly unnavigable territory of teenage...

Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up Writing About Sex Edited by Diana Cage Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex follows 12 writers on an adventurous and unrepentant search for sexual intensity and intellectual fulfillment. As one short story writer follows a girl while she cruises the litter-strewn docks of Long Beach disguised as a fag, a poet imagines what if would be like to both be James Dean and be fucked by James Dean. In a third piece,...

Choir Boy

Choir Boy Charlie Anders A gonzo Confederacy of Dunces mixed with Sarah, Choir Boy combines off-kilter humor and its own brand of modern day magic in a rollicking, bittersweet story about growing up different. Twelve year old Berry wants nothing more than to remain a choir boy. Choral music and the prospect of divinity thrill him. His fellow humans-from his feuding parents to the teenage transsexual prostitute who...

Coming of Age at the End of History

Coming of Age at the End of History Camille de Toledo Translated by Blake Ferris Camille de Toledo’s Coming of Age at the End of History takes the vision of Hakim Bey’s “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” the incisiveness of Naomi Klein in her seminal treatise No Logo, and youthful idiosyncratic passion of William Upksi Wimsatt, and creates a new vision of political possibility for Generation Y. Brash...

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk

Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk Tony DuShane Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God is going to kill him at Armageddon for masturbating.But Gabe’s not alone: there’s his best friend Peter, who writes swear words in the margins of his Watchtower during Kingdom Hall meetings; Jin, the Korean kid in the congregation, who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, who follows Gabe...

Deviant Propulsion

Deviant Propulsion CAConrad CAConrad’s poems vibrate with the flamboyant desire that manifests itself in queer culture, where the right to act on basic desires can become a battleground, and everyday acts of love and devotion must be enacted as a political form of defiance. The poems that emerge from this life long struggle illustrate the sharp edge of that defiance and desire, where joy is closely linked to...

Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!

Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers-An American Tale of Sex and Wonder Mike Edison A wild and uncompromising history of four infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is the first book to rip the sheet off of the sleazy myth-making machine of Hugh Hefner and Playboy, and reveal the doomed history of Hefner’s arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, whose...

Final Girl

Final Girl Daphne Gottlieb Final Girl is the last girl left alive in the syntax of the “slasher” traces the history of the femme fatale in a sequence of poems and stories that display the verve and wit readers have come to expect from Gottlieb. In Final Girl Gottlieb is the survivor, the one who remains to tell the story: what was done to others, what was done to her, what might yet be done to her. Sexy...

Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be…

Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Be… Jacinta Bunnell & Irit Reinheimer The antithesis of the “Dick and Jane” coloring book, Girls Will be Boys Will be Girls is a funny and provocative deconstruction of traditional gender roles. 32 original illustrations with captions like “Calvin, baking is fun and all, but we can make a rad drum set out of these pots and bowls” and...

God’s Doodle

Throughout history, man has revered his penis as his “most precious ornament.” From small to large, thick to thin, smooth to wrinkled, Hickman lets the history of this mystery hangout for all to see. It is a stiff subject, but we easily settle in with the likes of Bill Clinton, Michelangelo’s David, and Shakespeare as they followed their heads. With precious detail given to precious material, if you were to wrap your hands around anything less than two-inches thick, it should be God’s Doodle.

Going to Heaven

Going to Heaven Elizabeth Adams It may be a uniquely American success story: not long ago, who would have thought that the son of tobacco sharecroppers in Kentucky could become an Episcopal bishop? No one could have predicted that this boy, born poor, ill, and given little chance of survival, would in fact be elected and ordained 56 years later as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church, finding himself...

Heredity

Heredity Jenny Davidson Heredity tells the story of Elizabeth Mann, a young woman plagued by self-destructive habits, who thinks leaving New York will solve her problems. Taking a travel-writing assignment to London, she encounters the skeleton of the famous 18th-century criminal Jonathan Wild in an obscure museum. Elizabeth’s burgeoning preoccupation with the master thief is briefly interrupted by an encounter...

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money and Sex Edited by David Henry Sterry and R.J. Martin Jr. Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sexwas born in the basement of SAGE – Standing Against Global Exploitation – a San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to helping people who have worked in the sex business. Their...

Hotel Theory

Hotel Theory Wayne Koestenbaum Hotel Theory is actually two books in one: a meditation on the meaning of hotels, and a dime-novel (Hotel Women), featuring Lana Turner and Liberace.  The two books, fiction and nonfiction, run concurrently, in twin columns.   The nonfiction ruminations on hotels are divided into eight dossiers, composed of short takes on the presence of hotels in the author’s dreams, in...

Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks

Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing about Each Other is the follow-up to Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys, the groundbreaking anthology that appeared up on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. “Eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny… unpretentious and riveting — graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper.”

Live Nude Elf

Live Nude Elf: The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen Reverend Jen With a very brief introduction by Jonathan Ames Live Nude Elf chronicles The Reverend Jen Miller’s two-year career as a thirtysomething sex columnist for nerve.com; a sort of elvish-speaking, Lower East Side version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. The columns each detail a different “sexperiment” that ranges from harrowing...

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