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Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996)

by Patrick Merla (Editor)

Other authors: David Bergman (Contributor), Philip Bockman (Contributor), Christopher Bram (Contributor), Ron Caldwell (Contributor), Michael T. Carroll (Contributor)25 more, Alex Chee (Contributor), Rodney Christoper (Contributor), Samuel R. Delaney (Contributor), David Drake (Contributor), Philip Gambone (Contributor), Brad Gooch (Contributor), Alan Gurganus (Contributor), Scott Heim (Contributor), Essex Hemphill (Contributor), Andrew Holleran (Contributor), Dennis Hunter (Contributor), Stephen McCauley (Contributor), J. D. McClatchy (Contributor), Keith McDermott (Contributor), Patrick Merla (Introduction), Tim Miller (Contributor), Michael Nava (Contributor), Carl Phillips (Contributor), Douglas Sadownick (Contributor), Ed Sikov (Contributor), Charles Silverstein (Contributor), Mattew Stadler (Contributor), William Sterling Walker (Contributor), Edmund White (Contributor), Norman Wong (Contributor)

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"Boys Like Us presents the true "coming out" stories of a stellar line-up of gay writers, spanning two generations. Written specifically for this collection, these are powerful, often stunning evocations of the primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men." "Coming out is undeniably central to every gay man's life, but the phrase encompasses multiple meanings. Here are accounts of revealing one's sexual identity to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers and, in one notable instance, to a stockbroker. Men tell of their first sexual encounters from their preteens to their thirties, with childhood friends who rejected or tenderly embraced them, with professors, with neighbors, with a Broadway star. One man writes of his marriage to a lesbian poet, another of leaving his wife for a male lover. Several selections reveal the autobiographical underpinnings of famous novels. These are intense, sometimes unexpectedly funny tales of romance and heartbreak, repression and liberation, rape and first love - defining moments." "Arranged chronologically from Manhattan in the late '40s to San Francisco in the early '90s, these personal essays ultimately form a documentary of changing social and sexual mores in the United States during the last half-century - a literary, biographical, sociological, and historical tour de force."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)
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Given as a gift when I came out. This book sheds light on small but poignant stories that are rarely discussed. ( )
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Merla, PatrickEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergman, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bockman, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bram, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caldwell, RonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, Michael T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chee, AlexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christoper, RodneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delaney, Samuel R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Drake, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gambone, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gooch, BradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gurganus, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heim, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hemphill, EssexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleran, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCauley, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McClatchy, J. D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDermott, KeithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merla, PatrickIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nava, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Phillips, CarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sadownick, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sikov, EdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverstein, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Walker, William SterlingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, EdmundContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Boys Like Us presents the true "coming out" stories of a stellar line-up of gay writers, spanning two generations. Written specifically for this collection, these are powerful, often stunning evocations of the primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men." "Coming out is undeniably central to every gay man's life, but the phrase encompasses multiple meanings. Here are accounts of revealing one's sexual identity to parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers and, in one notable instance, to a stockbroker. Men tell of their first sexual encounters from their preteens to their thirties, with childhood friends who rejected or tenderly embraced them, with professors, with neighbors, with a Broadway star. One man writes of his marriage to a lesbian poet, another of leaving his wife for a male lover. Several selections reveal the autobiographical underpinnings of famous novels. These are intense, sometimes unexpectedly funny tales of romance and heartbreak, repression and liberation, rape and first love - defining moments." "Arranged chronologically from Manhattan in the late '40s to San Francisco in the early '90s, these personal essays ultimately form a documentary of changing social and sexual mores in the United States during the last half-century - a literary, biographical, sociological, and historical tour de force."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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