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TODAY'S BEST GAY FICTION This extraordinary collection gathers together the most popular and gifted voices in gay fiction today. Compiled from work in progress and originals written especially for this collection, as well as previously published fiction, these brilliant stories come from such renowned writers as Robert Ferro, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano and Edmund White; TODAY'S BEST GAY FICTION This extraordinary collection gathers together the most popular and gifted voices in gay fiction today. Compiled from work in progress and originals written especially for this collection, as well as previously published fiction, these brilliant stories come from such renowned writers as Robert Ferro, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano and Edmund White; from such bright rising talents as Dennis Cooper, John Fox and Robert Glück; and from some remarkable newcomers, including C.F. Borgman, Kevin Killian and Wallace Parr. Told from a variety of perspectives, these eighteen pieces examine the troubling questions that most concern gay men--and all of us: Is romance still possible? What are the ties that bind individuals in the face of adversity or death? And what can our desires teach us about our weaknesses and strengths? At once a lyrical, humorous and realistic portrait of contemporary gay sensibilities, Men On Men is a wonderful introduction to the latest works by America's top and up-and-coming gay writers. Description from back cover


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TODAY'S BEST GAY FICTION This extraordinary collection gathers together the most popular and gifted voices in gay fiction today. Compiled from work in progress and originals written especially for this collection, as well as previously published fiction, these brilliant stories come from such renowned writers as Robert Ferro, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano and Edmund White; TODAY'S BEST GAY FICTION This extraordinary collection gathers together the most popular and gifted voices in gay fiction today. Compiled from work in progress and originals written especially for this collection, as well as previously published fiction, these brilliant stories come from such renowned writers as Robert Ferro, Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano and Edmund White; from such bright rising talents as Dennis Cooper, John Fox and Robert Glück; and from some remarkable newcomers, including C.F. Borgman, Kevin Killian and Wallace Parr. Told from a variety of perspectives, these eighteen pieces examine the troubling questions that most concern gay men--and all of us: Is romance still possible? What are the ties that bind individuals in the face of adversity or death? And what can our desires teach us about our weaknesses and strengths? At once a lyrical, humorous and realistic portrait of contemporary gay sensibilities, Men On Men is a wonderful introduction to the latest works by America's top and up-and-coming gay writers. Description from back cover

30 review for Men on Men: Best New Gay Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Unfortunately dated now in both style and substance, this 1986 set of short fiction does have significant contributions from some current stars of gay fiction: primarily Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Dennis Cooper, and Edmund White. As such, the value is primarily historical and it is interesting to consider how these authors have evolved in the succeeding 35 years. It is also shocking that many of the included authors died of AIDS shortly after the publication of the book so in some cases thi Unfortunately dated now in both style and substance, this 1986 set of short fiction does have significant contributions from some current stars of gay fiction: primarily Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Dennis Cooper, and Edmund White. As such, the value is primarily historical and it is interesting to consider how these authors have evolved in the succeeding 35 years. It is also shocking that many of the included authors died of AIDS shortly after the publication of the book so in some cases this is their only published work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    DNF @ page 253 This book is not horrible. I absolutely loved Richard Hall's "Backwards". It's an incredible enough short story that I'm keeping this book simply to have that story. I also thought that Andrew Holleran's "Friends at Evening", a story of three men on their way to the funeral of another, captures something crucial of 1980s AIDs crisis. One problem with this collection is that five of the eighteen stories are excerpts from novels rather than actual pieces of short fiction. As far as I DNF @ page 253 This book is not horrible. I absolutely loved Richard Hall's "Backwards". It's an incredible enough short story that I'm keeping this book simply to have that story. I also thought that Andrew Holleran's "Friends at Evening", a story of three men on their way to the funeral of another, captures something crucial of 1980s AIDs crisis. One problem with this collection is that five of the eighteen stories are excerpts from novels rather than actual pieces of short fiction. As far as I, a lover of short work, am concerned that means it only has thirteen stories. Thirteen stories is a perfectly acceptable number of pieces for an anthology, but it's a bit disappointing when one expects eighteen. The second problem is that many of these stories feel incomplete. No sense of closure or completeness of arc exists in them. It is perhaps no small coincidence that an editor who feels that excerpts have a place in an anthology isn't troubled by shorts that fail to be a total story. I suppose I could push through the final five stories in this book, but I'm too old to spend time with books or people who don't inspire my mind.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Lontel

    Recueil d'une quinzaine de nouvelles (comprenant peut-être un peu trop d'extraits de roman à paraître toutefois: au moins 5) tous de style et de sujets très très différents, mais toujours d'auteurs homosexuels écrivant sur l'homosexualité. Certains vont plus dans le lyrisme, d'autres dans le drame, il y a des fictions de jeunesse ainsi des écrits beaucoup plus sexuels et d'autres nouvelles qui parlent du SIDA. Ce n'est vraiment pas mal dans l'ensemble, je dois avouer qu'aucune ne m'a particulière Recueil d'une quinzaine de nouvelles (comprenant peut-être un peu trop d'extraits de roman à paraître toutefois: au moins 5) tous de style et de sujets très très différents, mais toujours d'auteurs homosexuels écrivant sur l'homosexualité. Certains vont plus dans le lyrisme, d'autres dans le drame, il y a des fictions de jeunesse ainsi des écrits beaucoup plus sexuels et d'autres nouvelles qui parlent du SIDA. Ce n'est vraiment pas mal dans l'ensemble, je dois avouer qu'aucune ne m'a particulièrement marqué, mais je n'ai pas trouvé qu'aucune n'était de qualité inférieure non plus, donc très égal dans l'ensemble. Je lirais avec plaisir d'autres recueils dans la même série (qui sont apparemment beaucoup plus intéressants que le premier de ce que j'entends).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tedi Irawan

    All is well-written.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Macartney

    A solid if fairly narrow collection of perspectives and voices. The good ones really capture a moment in time of transition for gay men, that murky time before HIV/AIDS was a full blown crisis but people knew something was wrong, like a monster lurking under the bed. Stand outs include White's "Oracle" and Holleran's "Friends at Evening" (expectedly), as well as Patrick Hoctel's "Bad Pictures", Bruce Boone's "David's Charm" and Robert Gluck's "Sex Story". Worth a read if you stumble upon a copy. A solid if fairly narrow collection of perspectives and voices. The good ones really capture a moment in time of transition for gay men, that murky time before HIV/AIDS was a full blown crisis but people knew something was wrong, like a monster lurking under the bed. Stand outs include White's "Oracle" and Holleran's "Friends at Evening" (expectedly), as well as Patrick Hoctel's "Bad Pictures", Bruce Boone's "David's Charm" and Robert Gluck's "Sex Story". Worth a read if you stumble upon a copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jendi

    Not as good as subsequent volumes in this series. A handful of standout stories with great writing and emotional depth (Felice Picano, Ethan Mordden, Robert Ferro) interspersed with the bleak and perverse. (What do I mean by perverse? Nothing homophobic about it, I simply don't want to read about feces play during sex, OK?) Not as good as subsequent volumes in this series. A handful of standout stories with great writing and emotional depth (Felice Picano, Ethan Mordden, Robert Ferro) interspersed with the bleak and perverse. (What do I mean by perverse? Nothing homophobic about it, I simply don't want to read about feces play during sex, OK?)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    with guide to off lable Rx c1986

  8. 5 out of 5

    pjr8888

    long ago and far away...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diego Chaves

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Hix

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaplan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pride Collective

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dan Speck

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mirrordance

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Todd

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan S

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrés

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  24. 5 out of 5

    Edward

  25. 4 out of 5

    John

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leon Argamasilla

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luc De

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tomaszavada

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

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