email@example.com (Roy Radow) writes:
Books relating to man boy love are now available from Ariel's Pages
(see address at the end of this posting). Here is a preview copy of
I know the people at Ariel's Pages and they are quite legitimate.
I am not personally involved in this service however and am only
posting this list FYI.
Any comments you may have regarding this booklist should be sent
to them (I did not write these descriptions). They would also be
interested in any additional books that you could recommend.
Yours in Liberation,
Roy Radow * Now: firstname.lastname@example.org * (was: email@example.com)
North American Man/Boy Love Association -For membership info & brochure
write to: NAMBLA, Dept. RR, PO Box 174, Midtown Station, NYC, NY 10018.
Send $5 a for sample Bulletin. Publications list available upon request.
*ACOLYTE PRESS BOOKS*
The Acolyte Readers Series, Various Authors. (Acolyte Press.)
Acolyte Press is the world's best known publisher of man/boy love literature.
In the long-running Acolyte Reader series, the short-story format allows for
an impressive variety in each volume. Every book includes serious authors
of short fiction and masters of erotic prose including Kevin Esser, Luis
Miguelito Fuentes, Hakim Bey and Robert Campbell. They also comprise less
realistic pieces that really deserve the name fairy tales: everybody lives
happily ever after. Finally, there are examples of a growing genre, boy-love
comic, turns gently humorous or sharply sarcastic. Each volume offers gems,
including these highlights:
Five (192 pages): One of the last stories by the late Robert Campbell
follows a teen-age tennis star through central Africa on a wild trip filled
with the threat of danger and the promise of love, Luis Miguelito Fuentes
first story for the series introduces the astounding, unique voice of a
gifted teenage writer; he was 14 at the time of publication of this sexy
romp through New York City in the 90s. Also included is an important
translation of a novella by Dutch writer Jef Last, about a 12-year-old
threatened by the guns of World War I and the prejudices of his own
Order AR5 $15.50
Six (192 pages): Bob Henderson's warmly romantic piece demonstrates why
it's so hard for some men to stop loving boys: there are just too many of
them waiting to be loved. Hakim Bey's "Yohimbe Poems" weave dances with
words, remembering two boys loved by the poet, and Jacques de Brethmas
performs a comic turn with a boy at his most intriguingly deceitful.
Order AR6 $15.50
Seven (192 pages): Alan Edwards updates an ancient Spanish coming of age
ritual in one story and explores the confluence of locomotion and eroticism
in another.; I.L. Ingels turns up the heat in a tale of a 13-year-old who
cruises the beaches in search of a lover.
Order AR7 $15.50
Eight (192 pages): Kevin Esser's "One Last Time" begins at the ending
and traces twin themes of pain and pleasure that are never clearly separated,
showcasing the writer's unparalleled ability to sketch deeply human characters
in wildly erotic stories. Luis Miguel Fuentes offers his trademark no-holds-
barred imaginative autobiography in "Early Times," and Edward Bangor uses pop
culture to comic effect in "For Those About to..."
Order AR8 $15.50
Nine (192 pages): Jotham Lotring's "Night Ride" reveals the subtle erotics
possible on a cross-country bus trip, and Christopher Monteriano filters the
effects of family friendships on a delicately blossoming love affair with a
15-year-old. In Mark Derby's "Not Again," a schoolboy stigmatized for one
same-sex attraction finds in his next relationship with a boy the strength
to stand up to an abusive teacher.
Order AR9 $15.50
Explosion by I.L. Ingles. (Acolyte Press, 384 pages).
Inspired by Lord of the Flies, I.L. Ingles created this novel of a mixed
group of black and white boys surviving in an African cave after a nuclear
war has devastated the earth. The boys build their own society with a set
of rules, but contradictions grow up immediately. Clothes, they soon realize,
are more trouble than they're worth, but the casual nudity makes challenges
to the prohibition against "playing sex" inevitable. The struggle over sex
becomes an emblem of the battle between freedom and custom, between a past
that conjured the disaster that left the boys by themselves and a future that
demands they create traditions of their own.
Order IEX $21.95.
The Fire-Worshiper by Alan Edward. (Acolyte Press, 192 pp).
Imagine what it would be like today if the old pagan religions of Europe
had not just survived the on-rush of Christianity, but prevailed. Alan Edward
has created such an alternate world. England in this tale is a happy place,
a society of advanced but semi-pastoral people where talented boys sing and
dance and openly make love in elaborate religious celebrations. But the
worshippers of Jaweh have not given up; driven underground and onto a
polluted island, their faith has grown ugly and fanatic. They have begun
kidnapping youngsters and forcefully converting them. This is the story of
12-year-old Alric and his quest, along with a local wizard, to rescue his
lover, abducted and forced into the catacombs of the dark faith.
Order EFW $15.50
Growing Old Disgracefully by Casmir Dukahz (Acolyte Press, 224 pp)
Casmir Dukahz confuses wordplay and foreplay, using both to produce an
explosive climax. These rollicking accounts of amorous encounters with
a bevy of teenage charmers are full of puns and double entendres, filled
with situations recalling French farce and slapstick comedy. Seldom is
erotic writing so humorous. Dukahz store of naughty anecdotes is apparently
unending, and he taps it to great advantage in this pseudo-autobiographical
record of a life spent in loving pursuit of boys. Growing Old Disgracefully
is the fourth volume in his partly satirical autobiography; woven throughout
is the story of 'Duke' and his flaxen-haired Baltimore born favorite, Remy.
Readers familiar with his earlier books will find Dukahz has lost none of his
literacy and none of his wit as he recalls happier days before bigotry and
hysteria spread across the land.
Order DGO $15.50
It's Okay to Say Yes by J. Darling (Acolyte Press, 192 pp) Subtitled:
"Close Encounters in the Third World: The Adventures and Misadventures of
a Well-Traveled Boy-Lover," Darling's book is an account of a dozen years
he spent traveling the world. He has visited all those places where a well-
publicized boy-love "scene" exists, and many more where it doesn't. Darling
is revealed in these pages as a basically decent man willing to suffer
persecution, and even imprisonment, to experience the fulfillment of his
desire for physical love. Read with some insight, his book also reveals,
perhaps unintentionally, the prejudice and paternalism Westerners often bring
to their relationships with boys from far-off lands.
Order DIO $15.50
Kim, My Beloved by Jens Eisenhardt (Acolyte Press, 192 pp)
Jens Eisenhardt describes an incredibly intense love in this autobiographical
novel about a 28-year-old teacher and a pupil half his age. Critics hailed
it as a "very important work of erotic literature" when in first appeared in
Danish. This English translation lets American readers enjoy Eisenhardt's
precise mapping of the emotional journey hazarded by a lonely man who follows
his heart to a region proscribed by polite society. Eisenhardt faithfully
recounts both the joys and pitfalls of a relationship whose passion must be
hidden from the prying eyes of outsiders.
Order EMB $15.50
Lucky Lips by Rob Elan. (Acolyte Press, 224 pp)
Ernie Willet is 11 years old, handsome, popular and athletic. He still
struggles, though, with the grief of losing his father two years before. He
looks for emotional support from 16-year-old Rick, who lives down the street,
but it takes classmate Gordie Lewis to show Ernie what it is he really wants
from Rick. Rob Elan's account of a boy's discovery of the world outside his
home is warm, funny and more than anything, sexy.
Order ELL $15.50
The Paggers Papers by Richard Rawson. (Acolyte Press, 192 pp)
For years a little Philippine village had been famous for taking tourists
on boat trips to a scenic waterfall. Western gays soon discovered that many
of the handsome, muscular boatmen were willing to supplement their meager
earnings with prostitution. Soon, their younger brothers were drawn into the
game, and vacationing boy-lovers arrived in increasing numbers. In the mid-
seventies, Western media labeled the situation an example of child abuse and
exploitation, and local politicians built careers promising to crack down.
This book is one man's recollection of the village when man/boy relationships
were tolerated, and even encouraged. It's partly a nostalgic paean to a boy-
lover's lost paradise, partly a social document about boys' sexuality as it
can develop in a palliative environment. While Rawson's memoir shows that the
accounts of abuse were products of narrow prejudice, his portrait of himself
as a not-particularly-sensitive Westerner proves that sex-tourism has
complexities that deserve a more nuanced analysis.
Order RPP $15.50.
Pulling It Off by Joseph Winchester (Acolyte Press, 192 pp)
Readers will differ on the validity of "Dr." Joseph Winchester's claim that
this book is a non-fiction account of the "masturbation practices of American
boys." Certainly, its value as a scientific document or even oral history is
quite limited. It might serve as a test of one hypothesis: it's as hard to
resist reading about jerking off as it is to resist doing it. And it doesn't
take a Nobel prize winner to predict that readers will have as much trouble
keeping their idle hands from becoming the devil's playthings as do the boys
depicted in the text. Perhaps that's what makes Pulling It Off an paradigm
of the scientific method--it encourages its audience to launch its own
experiments into the matter at hand.
Order WPO $15.50
Shakespeare's Boy by Casmir Dukahz. (Acolyte Press, 248 pp).
The final book and the only novel written by Dukahz before his death in 1988
is removed by centuries from his whimsical accounts of 20th Century America.
He uses the Elizabethan Age and the world of Shakespeare's Globe Theater as
the backdrop for the story of Ruy, orphan and actor. The 13-year-old thespian
achieves instant and tumultuous fame in the role of Juliet, but his romances
off-stage are as passionate as anything the Immortal Bard ever envisioned.
Seduced by tramps and kings, Ruy's gender-bending on stage lends spice to
homoerotic encounters that begin once the curtain falls.
Order DSB $15.50
Singularities, Book 1 by Robert Campbell (Acolyte Press, 192 pp)
The stories in Singularities focus on man-boy relationships in a variety of
settings, punctuated with a series of parodies of newspaper advice columns
that would make Ann Landers blush--at the very least. Campbell's vision
spans a Caribbean island, a military prep school, a junior varsity football
team and a lonely outpost in the African desert. Though much of the value of
Singularities comes from the variety of plot and settings, recurring themes
provide an underlying unity to Campbell's writing. One is the persistence,
ingenuity and resilience of pederast relationships that thrive even in the
most hostile environments; another is the contrast between the expansive joy
of those relationships and the crabbed morality of religious bigots who
Order CS1 $15.50
Something Like Happiness by Kevin Esser (Acolyte Press, 202 pp)
Andy Damon swipes a picture of Caravaggio's Victorious Amor from his small-
town Midwestern library and launches himself on a libidinous adventure that
introduces him to a world of pot smoking, kiddie porn and anything-goes sex
parties. Along the way he meets a host of boys not so different from himself:
the black Spinks twins, Snickers and Deacon, Manny and Fernando Fuentes, track
star Timmy Jenco and Matthew, the neighborhood paper boy. Some are "gay" and
some are "straight," but they're all grist for sexy Andy's mill. Esser
captures the excitement of the young male animal with exceptionally vivid
prose and reveals a touching sensitivity when Andy's sex-hunt becomes a search
for true love.
Order ESL $15.50
Strange Catharsis by Daniel Mallery (Acolyte Press, 240 pp)
When Richard Eldred takes a job as house parent at a boarding school for
problem children located in the wild Scottish highlands, he hopes the
isolation will restore the inspiration that's has seeped away after a series
of best-selling novels and film scripts. But he finds a growing attraction to
the boys at the school that suggests a deeply buried motivation. There's
Danny, a tough boy exploding through puberty, who battles authority with his
fists. And Hansa, a gentler, reserved boy desperately seeking love. And
Steve, whose perfectly developed runner's body hides a heartsickness. As
Eldred helps them solve their problems, he finds a solution to his own
alienation--but one that challenges him to respond to feelings he's long
suppressed. Mallery's compelling novel has needlessly Gothic plot
complications, but is both warm and sexy.
Order MSC $17.50
Anarchist of Love by Hubert Kennedy (Mackay Society, 24 pp)
This brief pamphlet serves as an introduction to "The Secret Life of John
Henry Mackay," a leading anarchist philosopher active around the turn of the
century. Kennedy's research and analysis shows that Mackay's lived experience
as a boy-lover, as revealed in several works of fiction and autobiography,
helped shape his conviction that anarchists must free themselves of the
psychological obstacles resulting from social oppression. Only then could
they fully act to construct a new social order absent oppressive hierarchies.
Order KAL $5.00
The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll (Penguin, 210 pp.
The book that was the basis for the hit movie has more wit, more truth and
more sex than the screen version (though it doesn't have Leonardo DiCaprio).
Apparently Carroll was too blase about peddling his meat to homebound
businessmen in the toilets of Grand Central Station for Hollywood to deal
with. So 20 years after the publication of his memoirs, the silver screen gets
a sanitized version for public consumption. If you want the real stuff, here
Order CBD $12.50
Calamus Lovers: Walt Whitman's Working Class Camerados, edited by Charley
Shively (Gay Sunshine Press, 220 pp)
Calamus Lovers examines the poet's relations with common men of the 19th
century. Edward Carpenter, an English lover, wrote: The unconscious,
uncultured, natural types pleased him best." Many letters from some of these
"natural types," often unpublished until now, place Whitman's Calamus poems in
context and provide a unique insight into gay life in those years. Charley
Shively identifies correspondents as Whitman's lovers and pinpoints for
the first time Fred Vaughan as the inspiration for the poems. Besides
introductions and commentaries on the letters, Shively presents a selection of
Whitman's gayest poems.
Order SCL $11.50
Drum Beats: Walt Whitman's Civil Boy Lovers, edited by Charley Shively (Gay
Sunshine Press, 256 pp)
Drum Beats offers exciting letters to poet Walt Whitman from fifty soldiers
and lovers, including the drummer boys and other youth who made up the mostly-
teenage Union army during the Civil War. Charley Shively's introduction
contains a startling re-vision of the war and of Whitman's poetry. Published
from original manuscripts, the letters provide eloquent testimony of the
common soldier's love for Whitman ("Wound Dresser and Good Kisser"). Shively
has also found remarkable new material on Abraham Lincoln's gay love life and
on the homosexual underworld of John Wilkes Booth.
Order SDB $12.50
Memories That Smell Like Gasoline by David Wojnarowicz (Artspace Books, 61 pp)
David Wojnarowicz was one of the most provocative artists of his generation.
In prose and pictures, he explores memory, the longing for love and sexuality
in the specter of AIDS in Memories That Smell Like Gasoline. His extraordinary
life, beginning with his days as a "kid prostitute in New York" before his
tenth birthday, is recalled in ten cartoon/comic narratives, in paintings of
Third Avenue porno movie houses (before Heath Department closures in 1988),
ten diary entries and a series of dream-like memoirs. These episodes from
artists life create a sometimes devastating, always sublime document about
coming of age in America.
Order WMT $16.50
Reflections of a Rock Lobster by Aaron Fricke (Alyson Publications, 116 pp)
Aaron Fricke was a gay teenager who came out in a big way: he went to court
to win the right to take another guy as his date for the senior prom in
Cumberland, Rhode Island. Just a year earlier, Fricke said, he would never
have dreamed about being open about his gay feelings. Reflections of a Rock
Lobster is his autobiography, a gripping story about growing up gay and coming
to terms with being different.
Order FRR $7.50
Sudden Strangers by Aaron and Walter Fricke (St. Martin's Press, 112 pp)
The lawsuit that won Aaron Fricke the right to bring a male date to his
high school prom made him a celebrity, but it meant curiously little in his
relationship with his father. Walter's approval of his son's plan was less
an acceptance of Aaron's life that a withdrawal from it. In the six years
that followed, both embarked on journeys that moved them far apart (and,
coincidentally, brought each of them to jail) but never quite severed
the bond between them. Sudden Strangers frankly examines their loving
but always- uneasy relationship.
Order FSS $10.50
Ryan White: My Own Story by Ryan White and Ann Marie Cunningham
(Dial Books, 276 pp, hc)
Ryan White was 18 when he died on April 8, 1990; five years before the
town of Kokomo, Indiana had denied him the right to attend public school
classes because he had AIDS. As he battled against that discrimination,
White caught the attention of the world. A modest, somewhat shy boy, he
accepted the role of spokesperson for people with AIDS and used it to teach
the world a valuable lesson in compassion, courage and humanity. His book
reveals that behind the admirable poise this attractive teenager displayed
in his encounters with celebrities like Michael Jackson, Elton John and
Elizabeth Taylor, Ryan struggled with heartache in the few private moments
he could claim. The contrast between the vital, smiling Ryan in the many
photographs included in the book and the tender simplicity of his conversation
with his mother over what clothes to bury him in is typical of the range
spanned by this heartbreaking, hopeful story.
Order WOS $16.50
Bom-Crioulo by Adolfo Caminha (Gay Sunshine Press, 141 pp)
One hundred years ago, an impoverished Brazilian writer published this tale
of a 15-year-old cabin boy and the brawny black sailor driven to possess him
sexually. Caminha himself had been a teenage midshipman on a Brazilian navy
ship; his novel, writes translator Eń. Lacey, "remains a truly revolutionary
work: revolutionary in its denunciation of slavery, sadism, cruelty and man's
exploitation of man, revolutionary in its revelation of society's complicity,
its conspiracy of silence regarding all these abuses; revolutionary in its
startling attitudes toward homosexuality, towards race, towards interracial
and interage contacts. . . Its message echoes beyond our time."
Order CBC $9.50
Costa Brava by Frits Bernard (Southernwood Press, 80 pp)
Written in Dutch in the summer of 1958 and published in the same language
two years later, this novella treated with tenderness and sensibility a theme,
pedophilia, which was at the time almost never discussed in public. By the
time it was first translated into English in 1982 it was much sought after in
Dutch and had been pirated in a German edition. The story of the love between
a 12-year-old Spanish boy during that country's civil war and a South American
tourist who rescues him is reported without overt sexuality but with warmth
and feeling. Hubert Kroilus' illustrations in this second English printing
make graphic the erotic subtext that lies unspoken in the tale itself.
Order BCB $11.50
Fenny Skaller by John Henry Mackay (Southernwood Press, 166 pp)
John Henry Mackay's poetry had already won him the description of an
"anarchist lyricist" when he began writing The Books of the Nameless Love
in 1905. Fenny Skaller is one of those books, a novel in which the Scotch-
German philosopher traces the lives and loves of a man in his forties as
he reminisces over a collection of photographs of boys he has known. His
night-time reflections reveal pathos and heartbreak, but also a growing self-
awareness and acceptance of himself as a boy-lover. With the dawn, Fenny
Skaller finds hope and happiness. The volume also includes short prose
pieces from The Books of the Nameless Love.
Order MFS $12.50
In Youth Is Pleasure by Denton Welch (Exact Change, 254 pp)
William Burroughs names Denton Welch as the writer who "has most directly
influenced my own work." It's a measure of Welch's power that an author
whose style is, on the surface, so completely different, names him as a
mentor. But what is shared by the Burroughs brutal novels of sex, drugs
and death and Welch's narrative of life in the British countryside is the
boy-hero who sees a different world beneath the reality shared by others.
And they key to that world is in to the homoerotic gaze of the youth in
question. The volume also contains a fragment from Welch's journal left
unfinished at his death at the age of 33.
Order WYP $15.50
The Man Without a Face by Isabelle Holland (Harper Keypoint, 157 pp)
Originally published in 1972, the novel that was the basis for the hit
movie differs from the screen version in several interesting ways. Instead
of exposing a town's intolerance about a relationship it can't understand,
Holland focuses on the boy's own conflicts. And where the film suppressed
the physical element of this love between a teacher and pupil, it's a key
facet in the novel.
Order HMW $5.50
Persecuted Minority by Frits Bernard (Southernwood Press, 98 pp)
A fifteen year old school boy falls in love with his teacher. His father
discovers a love letter. The teacher and the boy spend a day by the sea,
and the consequences are disastrous. Persecuted Minority asks if a love
condemned and outlawed can survive. In the Netherlands, at least, the book
helped to overturn the laws criminalizing homosexual relationships for boys
between 16 and 21 years old. The Southernwood Press edition of this historic
novel is beautifully designed and printed.
Order BPM $11.50
Young Tom by Forrest Reid (Gay Men's Press, 169 pp)
The works of Forrest Reid powerfully conveys the essence of childhood.
This first book of his trilogy about the life of English lad Tom Barber
is published by Gay Men's Press, although the story contains no overtly
gay content. But the gay ambiance is nonetheless palpable. Reid evokes
rather than explains, and this classic 1944 novel captures him at the
height of his powers.
Order RYT $9.50
Youthful Days Anonymous (Masquerade Books, 170 pp)
This Victorian tale of sex among public-school boys was considered
shocking in its day and heavily censored. It's now available in its uncut
form. Amusing as a period piece, with the typical British preoccupation for
spanking bare bottoms, it's also pretty sexy. Four men from the upper classes
make romp on Devonshire beaches, in the halls of family castles and in the
back streets of Paris.
Order AYD $6.50
Ambidextrous by Felice Picano (Hard Candy Books, 336 pp)
Critics howled that Picano's novel about "The Secret Lives of Children"
was unbelievable, because real boys, 11 to 13 years old, never had sexual
adventures like those detailed here. And Picano pointed out that his book
was a "memoir in the form of a novel" and the adventures in Ambidextrous
were his own. The irony is that Picano's suburbs in the Fifties weren't
remarkable only for sexual opportunities, both hetero and homosexual, it
offered to kids in middle-class neighborhoods. His deeper revelation is
that adults imposed a version of their children's lives that had nothing
to do with the reality the youngsters lived. Critics thirty years later
are still loath to admit the truth. But Picano's account of the erotic
adventures of his playmates is an attempt to recognize children as fully
human, with needs and interests that they pursue regardless of adult
Order PAM $8.50
Bedrooms Have Windows by Kevin Killian (Amethyst Press, 134 pp)
Some of us can remember a moment in the Seventies when it seemed important
to figure out what persona David Bowie, who'd already burned through Ziggy
Stardust and Aladdin Sane, might adopt next. Kevin Killian's novel of teenage
years in Smithtown, Long Island elevates that moment with a glittering, shiny
prose and a story line studded with dark sexual secrets. Kevin Killian's
Kevin Killian is having an affair with Carey Denham, who's old enough to be
his father and Kevin wants to meet Carey's teenage son. The window to this
bedroom showcases a fabulous, funny house of mirrors, where everything appears
more than once, and always distorted.
Order KBH $11.50
The Boy Without a Flag by Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. (Milkweed Editions, 115 pp)
This book of interrelated short-stories gives a voice to the Hispanic
teenagers of today's South Bronx, a voice the Puerto Rican author sharpens
in his own dialogues with the teenagers hanging out in the South Bronx
neighborhood where he grew up. "These are the kids no one likes to talk
about," Rodriguez explains. "They are seen as the enemy by most people.
I want to show them as they are, not as society wishes them to be." Here
are stories filled with hope and pathos: Angel, thirteen years old and living
on the street, learns that dealing crack is his best alternative to burglary.
Sixteen-year-old Elba goes out dancing, leaving her wailing baby alone in her
Order RBW $12.50
A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White (Plume, 218 pp)
An intelligent, alienated youngster comes to grips with his sexuality in
a novel by an acknowledged master of modern prose. A Boy's Own Story is
set in the years that lead from childhood to maturity, full of romantic
notions and disillusionments. A bittersweet novel of adolescent sexuality,
it evokes memories of the perplexing rites of passage, the comic sexual
experiments, the first broken heart and the thrill of forbidden longing.
Order WBO $11.50
Cody by Keith Hale (AlyCat Books, 191 pp)
Steven Trottingham Taylor, "Trotsky" to his friends, is new in Little Rock.
Washington Damon Cody has lived their all his life. Yet, when the teens meet
in a high school classroom, there's a familiarity, a sense that they've known
each other before. Their friendship grows and develops a rare intensity, but
Trotsky's afraid to act out his sexual passions with his new best friend. It
takes the 14-year-old sleep-over pal of Trotsky's younger brother to get him
over that hurdle. Rich in both romance and tragedy, Keith Hale's adolescent
love story has a special charm.
Order HCO $7.50
The Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim (Harper/Collins, 292 pp, hc)
When a Little Leaguer wakes up with a bloody nose in the crawl space of his
small-town Kansas house with no memory of how he got there or what happened
to him in the past several hours, it triggers an obsession that focuses on
abduction by a UFO. But his search for an answer leads him to a former Little
League teammate, now a teenage hustler with a definite penchant for older men
he traces back to the coach of that team. Heim's vivid prose is as open as
the grain fields of the Kansas farm belt where his story takes place. If
this were the Kansas Dorothy knew, nothing in Oz would have surprised her.
Heim's first novel is an impressive literary debut and an absorbing tale, by
turns sexy, funny and troubling.
Order HMS $21.50
The Sex Offender by Matthew Stadler (Harper/Collins, 224 pp)
In this scary tale from the not-to-distant future, a teacher who has sex
with one of his students is sent for mental-reconditioning and given a new
identity. As Mr. Uh-uh, the offender uncovers a secret world that mocks the
puritanism of his society and finds that true passion draws him inevitably
away from the "normalcy" of a world where love can be a crime. Both a darkly
comic story and a sophisticated analysis of identity and sexuality, Stadler's
ambitious novel is an important and enduring work.
Order SSO $23.50
The Singalong Tribe by Kent Ashford (Gay Men's Press, 182 pp)
The callboys of the Singalong Pension work with one aim in view: to escape the
poverty and hardship of Manila. Amid that squalor that tourists consider
exotic, the boys have only their bodies and their cunning to keep themselves
alive. Vividly set in the Philippines, this is a story of money, sex and the
quest for social justice. Kent Ashford spent many years as a journalist in
Southeast Asia, and he uses his first-hand knowledge of the region to provide
realism to his tale. The Singalong Tribe also shows genuine concern for the
people of the Philippines and provides a fascinating vision of their culture.
Order AST $9.00
Terre Haute by Will Aitken (Delta, 274 pp)
"I'm going home and I'm going to tell my father exactly what you did to me."
Author Will Aitken imagined these words in the mouth of a 15-year-old boy,
then built this novel around them. Sex, for a young boy, is a great discovery.
But when a young boy is betrayed by love, sex can become a powerful weapon-
especially when used against a married man. Terre Haute is the story of one
very memorable year in the life of Jared McCaverty, who has just discovered
sex, but has not yet discovered what it means. Exploring his feelings with
the tough new kid in school and the urbane director of his small town's art
museum, Jared comes to realize the power and the peril offered by his
Order ATH $11.50
When Jonathan Died by Tony Duvert (Gay Men's Press, 174 pp)
Like many novels, this book is the story of a love affair. What is less
usual is that Jonathan, an artist, is almost thirty when the story starts,
while Serge is a boy of eight. Duvert delivers a cool and matter-of-fact
portrayal of a sensitive theme, a welcome alternative to the hysteria
surrounding the age taboo in the English-speaking countries. Like all
lovers, Jonathan and Serge create their own microcosm of domestic and
erotic ritual, but theirs is a world that shatters on contact with the
surrounding society. Duvert's novel is extraordinary because he makes
the psychology of his characters more compelling rather than sensational,
forcing readers to accept their relationship on its own terms. Nor does
the author flinch from a heartrending conclusion that even Jonathan,
deeply in love, sees all along is inevitable.
Order DWJ $14.50
Playing Soldiers in the Dark by Mark Dueweke (Bagman Press, 294 pp)
"Mad" Donnelly is a physics teacher with a fiancee who's getting tired
of waiting for him to make it to the altar. Jim Brandeker is the teen
-age son of the leading family in the small town where he's grown up.
Everybody, gay and straight, is trying to get Jim in bed, but it takes
his eccentric instructor to help him sort out his own emerging sexuality.
And that just compounds the confusion of all the other players in this comic
drama. Dueweke makes poetry from Fruit of the Loom briefs and the rasp of
zippers unfurling. His lyrical prose serves as foreplay while the novel
builds to a steamy climax.
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The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst (Vintage International, 336 pp)
This stunning literary debut was a sensation and a bestseller in both England
and America, enthralling and darkly erotic. William Beckwith, a young gay
aristocrat leads a life of pleasure and promiscuity. His pursuit of pleasure
began with boyhood adventures with schoolmates and continues with his cruising
London, an eye open for the young and willing working-class partners he
prefers. When he meets elderly Lord Nantwich, an old African hand seeking a
biographer, Beckwith learns of another era of boy-loving when the consequences
were often disastrous. Bristling with wit and spunk, Hollinghurst's novel is
absorbing and delightful.
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Before we had pornography, we had dirty books. Those under-the-counter
creations had a grit and vitality editor Chris Leslie finds missing in the
"buffed boys" and "California gym queens" whose perfect (or airbrushed-to-
perfection) looks dominate gay porn today. In many ways, his Dirty magazine
is a throwback to that earlier era of smut. With its loving focus on banjee
boy culture, though, its thoroughly modern, and its reviews of cruising sites,
public sex scenes and hustler hangouts is positively up-to-the-minute. The
magazine also features the photography of David Millspaugh, dirty personal
ads and true- sex letters from readers.
Order DY + Issue Number (1-6 available), $3.50 each.
The newest national gay periodical is fast becoming the most popular and is
already, undoubtedly, the hottest. Gorgeous graphics complement incisive
political commentary, fiction by important new writers and intelligent
coverage of the arts.
Gayme 1.1: Already a collector's item, a limited number of copies of the
magazine that launched this publishing phenomenon are still on hand. Fiction
from Kevin Esser, a report from a Berber oasis in Egypt and an interview with
the director of For a Lost Soldier.
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Gayme 1.2: Tony Duvert's ABCs of Desire, Boyd McDonald's last words, Will
McBride photos and fiction by Stephen Dueweke. Limited supply only.
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Gayme 2.1: Harry Hay offers a new vision for the 90s; Mark Pascal on the
politics of cocks, dick and penises; photography by William von Gloeden and
contemporary studies of the male nude; 20 pages of short fiction; and more.
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Gayme 2.2: E. Carlotta tours a Mexican bathhouse; Mark Pascal writes on
Disgust/Desire; recent photos by Bernard Faucon and Larry Clarke reviewed;
fiction by Stephen Dueweke and Rod Downey; Hakim Bey recalls pirate utopias;
Mitzel ponders youth and aging; Tom Reeves surveys the state of gay
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This 'zine by self-proclaimed "pedosmile activist" Chuck Dodson is over-
stuffed with a seemingly random assemblage of cartoons, diatribes, collages,
ravings, drawings, letters, odd thoughts, naval gazing, cut-outs and all
manner of what-not. The chaotic layout style forces you to search to find the
gems, and some of the hand-scrawled postings are near-illegible. In the
end it's the obsessive, excessive nature of I Am that lends it an identity.
The best way to read I Am is to submit to the raging cataracts that mark this
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A bilingual (German/English) review of pederasty, Koinos covers the history
and culture of boy-love, examines response to the phenomenon in various
countries and showcases the work of the finest contemporary photographers of
adolescents. Two of the first five issues are already out of print.
Koinos 1: French moral history; the island of Sumatra.
Order KO1 $10.00
Koinos 3: "Barefoot in France"; in memoriam, River Phoenix; Caravaggio.
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Koinos 4: Portugal; boy sopranos; the Berlin Film Festival.
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Koinos 5: South Vietnam; North Africa.
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Koinos 6: Available in June
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Made in the USA
An all-photo magazine that celebrates youth with a series of photo collages of
boys old and young at work and play. Editor/publisher Renato Corazza displays
a keen eye and a warm heart.
Summer/Fall '94 The historic first issue; only a few copies remaining.
Order US1 $22.00
Winter/Spring '95 The second issue introduces themed photo-collages: Seven
Deadly Sins and Soccer Madness are included in this edition.
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Ophelia Editions Catalog
It is not generally the policy of Ariel's Pages to include the works of visual
artists, either painters or photographers. Ophelia Editions offers the work
of many recognized masters, including Jock Sturges, Sally Mann, and Wilhelm
von Gloeden. The catalog also includes books of literatures and belles
lettres, sociology and the politics of censorship, and naturism.
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This scholarly journal of pedophilia has earned mainstream respect with its
attention to research and wide-ranging curiosity. Paidika devotes serious
attention to issues that simply would not be discussed if the magazine did
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Paidika 5: Boy-love in the Urdu; sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy.
Paidika 6: Pederasty in Pre-Roman Gaul; Boy love in Central Asia.
Paidika 7: Interview with John Money; the CRIES affair.
Paidika 8: Special Women's Issue-"A Crush on My Girl Scout Leader; Pat
Califia; review of King Fu Master.
Paidika 9: Theo Sandfort on children's sexuality; Dutch age-of-consent laws.
Paidika 10: Guest editorial, poems and drawing by Graham Ovendon, interview
with Gilbert Herdt
Paidika 11: Hubert Kennedy on Karol Szymankowski's boy-love novel; Gode Davis
on the satanic ritual abuse phenomenon.
The Age Taboo, edited by Daniel Tsang (Alyson Publications, 178 pp)
Tsang centers this collection of essays on man/boy love around the issues
of gay may sexuality, power and consent. He has labored to include disparate
voices in the discussion, with pieces from feminists Kate Millet and Pat
Califia as well as the editors of Lesbians Rising. Gay and lesbian teenagers,
some themselves in cross-generation relationships, are also represented, and
the subjects of childhood, racism and ideology are explored. The work both
captures a historical moment at the end of the 70s, when most of the pieces
were written, and continuing questions that divide the gay and lesbian
community to this day.
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The Boston Sex Scandal by Mitzel (Glad Day Books, 148 pp)
When singer Anita Bryant launched a campaign in the mid 1970s to portray
all gay men as "child molesters" and "kiddie pornographers," police round-ups
were launched in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston and other cities, with
sensational press charges of rape and child abuse. In Boston, gays fought
back in an unprecedented manner: gay men weren't child molesters, they
insisted, because consensual relationships between men and teens aren't as
sexual abuse. Mitzel, in a sassy tone that matches the radical resolve of
the activists whose campaign he documents, captures the police misconduct,
political grandstanding, courtroom drama and courageous resistance that marked
the Boston Sex Scandal.
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Boys on their Contacts with Men by Dr. Theo Sandfort (Global Academic
Publishers 176 pp)
A book written for the general reader about Sandfort's study of 25 Dutch
boys between the ages of ten and 16 who were currently involved in sexually
expressed friendships with adult men. None of the relationships had been
disturbed by intervention by the authorities, and all of the boys viewed
their older friends and the sex they shared in a positive manner. An appendix
presents complete interviews with three of the boys.
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Boys Speak Out by various authors (NAMBLA, 32 pp)
More than a dozen teenagers tell the world just what their sexual relations
with adults mean to them. Also included are a report from a gay British teen
and reprints of interviews from Theo Sandfort's study of Dutch boys involved
in sexual friendships with men. David Thorstad's introduction explains the
genesis and importance of this affecting publication.
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Chicken Hawk (Video, Stranger than Fiction Film)
Your chance to view the film that sparked controversy in every city it was
shown. Why did Newsday's reviewer call Chicken Hawk frightening? Simply
because, given the chance to present a point of view clearly, NAMBLA's
spokesperson make too much sense. This film is certainly no endorsement of
boy-lovers; filmmaker Adi Sideman gives NAMBLA's opponents ample time to state
their views and even takes a few cheap shots in his editing and presentation.
But the chance to hear the words of boy-lovers unmediated by indignant talk-
show hosts, hyped-up studio audiences, know-it-all "experts" and hysteric
parents is enough of a toehold for the truth. Nothing hides the obvious
pride, sincerity and decency of the men who risk harassment, prison and even
death because they refuse to hide their love of boys. Chicken Hawk gives some
notion of the price these men have paid, in especially poignant scenes. This
film caused a sensation, in the end, not because what NAMBLA said was so
shocking, but because it was sensible.
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Children's Sexual Encounters with Adults by C.K. Li et al (Prometheus Books,
343 pp, hc)
This detailed report of a study conducted at Cambridge University presents
findings that conflict with much popular wisdom. "Sexual encounters between
boys and adults are surprisingly common. . . with no particular consequences."
Li and his co-authors include a statistical analysis of a survey on the sex
histories of male students at the college and draw some provocative
conclusions from the data. They also include extensive excerpts from students
about their sexual encounters during childhood and adolescence. The book
also contains a skillful demolition of sexologist David Finkelhor's pseudo-
scientific position that adult-child (and even adult-adolescent) sexual
encounters are always unethical.
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Crime Without Victims by the "Trobrians" Collective (Global Academic
Publishers, 150 pp)
Danish sexologist Dr. Praben Hertoff provides the introduction for this
series of three essays and 16 interviews. The format allows for an
impressive variety of opinions on pedophilia. There are interviews with an
attorney specializing in the defense of pedophiles, adults involved sexually
with children, youngsters who have experienced relationships even the mother
of one such boy. Most of the youngsters reported that sexual friendships
with adults were a positive force in their lives, but the book doesn't ignore
the problems posed by man/boy encounters.
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Loving Boys, Volume One by Edward Brongersma (Global Academic Publishers,
This is the first volume of a two-volume treatise on boy-love in history,
in other cultures and in our own. Dr. Brongersma reads all the European
languages and quotes extensively from an amazing variety of sources. He
discusses current prejudices against boy-love, exposes posturing and
dishonest reasoning in the modern "mind industry," shows how boy-love has
persisted in all lands, all cultures and in all times of recorded history.
An immense, scholarly work, with nearly 50 pages of bibliography alone, it
also features an almost inexhaustible supply of anecdotes and case histories
of real boys and men. Brongersma's book deserves a place on the shelf of
every thoughtful man who finds himself, sometimes at least, drawn to
adolescent or pre-adolescent boys.
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Loving Boys, Volume Two by Edward Brongersma (Global Academic Publishers,
This is the second (and final) volume of Dr. Brongersma's immense and
enormously readable study. Half again as big as the first book, Dr.
Brongersma covers in great detail the negative aspects of man/boy love (real
and imaginary), sexual oppression versus sexual liberation, and finally sex
and erotic contacts with boys-what really happens during intimacy between men
and boys. This is a supplementary bibliography, a subject index and a
register of names and sources for both volumes. This represents without a
doubt the most thorough examination of the subject ever made.
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Male Intergenerational Intimacy edited by Theo Sandfort el. al., (Harrington
Park Press, 325 pp.)
This is a groundbreaking look at new historical, legal, sociological and
cross-disciplinary research on sexual intimacy between men of different
generations. The book isn't limited to the usual political and psychological
arguments about whether such relationships should be permitted or persecuted.
Instead, the authors reveal a broad range of interests, including a look at
the relationship between a turn-of-the-century artists and the boy who was his
favorite model, a study of 2500-year-old Greek inscriptions some claim are
the ancient equivalent of men's room graffiti and a sophisticated look at the
social construction of childhood sexuality.
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Two Teenagers in Twenty edited by Ann Heron (Alyson Publications 186 pp, hc)
This new edition of Heron's original book reprints 24 of the stories from One
Teenager in Ten and adds 20 more pieces reflecting the lives of gay and
lesbian teenagers in the 12 years since the first book was published. Sadly,
the young people represented report many of the same problems with homophobia,
rejection by family and friends and legal sanctions on their sexuality. But
the strength and hope that marked the original volume also persists.
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Paedophilia: A Factual Report by Dr. Frits Bernard (Enclave, 101 pp, hc)
This slim volume reports on scientific research conducted among pedophiles
regarding several different questions. Dr. Bernard includes analysis of long-
term effects on children in relationships, the age preferences of pedophiles,
and their mental health and sociability. The book, translated from the Dutch,
also includes a lengthy bibliography of Bernard's writing.
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Regarding Proposed Changes to Article 240B of the Dutch Penal Code by
Lawrence A. Stanley (Lawrence A. Stanley, Esq. 160 pp.)
They're all here: the celebrated photographer, the unsuspecting parent
with a roll of family snapshots, the cops banging at the door, the fomenting
prosecutor, the overzealous social worker, the FBI the judges and jury and
the children caught in the middle. Read this and shudder. Attorney Lawrence
Stanley has written a fascinating and informative analysis of the social
misconceptions fueling child pornography hysteria. Citing a number of recent
cases of government censorship and police harassment, Stanley untangles the
facts from the myths behind the continued assault on contemporary photography
and personal liberties. As an attorney who has worked at the heart of the
child obscenity issue, Stanley exposes the tortured logic of prosecutors and
warns of the tragic consequences of legal policies that purport to protect,
but in reality hurt, children. He reports cases of police pressure imposed
on "victims" to force confessions of harm where, in fact, there was no harm.
It is a tale of lives disrupted, reputations shattered, and artistic freedoms
trampled under the heels of runaway moral zeal. Stanley's book includes a
bibliography of more than 175 books containing images that might suffer the
censor's ax, as well as 25 b&w plates by photographers of serious merit who
work includes full frontal nudity of both male and female children.
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Talk Back! by Lesbian and Gay Media Advocates (Alyson Publications, 120 pp)
A training manual for would be activists-and armchair activists-Talk Back!
will teach you how to fight sloppy reporting and outright lies in the media
as well as generate stories that present a more realistic picture of our
community. With sample letters to use as guides, this book's suggestions
for do-it-yourself protest can be put into action immediately.
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Threatened Children by Joel Best (University of Chicago Press, 232 pp, hc)
American media-including TV news shows, Hollywood movies and slick
periodicals seems to delight in the continually rediscovered "fact" that
children are in danger from assorted sadists, perverts and pedophiles, more
today than ever before. Sociologist Joel Best takes a close look at this
claim and finds it falls far short of the truth. (One is example is his
analysis of the media's treatment of Halloween, which the media now treats
not as the night for youngsters to play trick-or-treat but a time to report
largely imaginary incidences of psychopaths hiding razor blades in candy
apples.) Best looks at the reasons for this pervasive misreporting. His
conclusions point to a troubling irony: a society mobilized by endless scare
stories about children does little to protect them from real dangers like
ignorance, poverty and ill health.
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Varieties of Man/Boy Love edited by Mark Pascal (Wallace Hamilton Press,
Pederasty has been an important part of gay sexuality and a phenomenon that's
taken many forms. This collections suggests some of the many different things
man-boy relationships have meant to the people in them, and what political and
social sense they have made out of them. Personal accounts flavor Tom Reeves'
anecdotal portrait and David Thorstad "Conversation with a Boy Lover" in 1978.
Hubert Kennedy and Steven Adrian Smith contribute historical accounts from
Germany and England.
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A Witchhunt Foiled by David Thorstad (Wallace Hamilton Press, 91 pp)
This history of a hiccup on the part of the police state recounts one of the
most heartening David-and-Goliath battles of modern times. On one side was
the North American Man/Boy Love Association, a group founded in 1978 to
support consensual sexual relationships between boys and men. On the other
side was the Federal Bureau of Investigation, using their police power to
harass and destroy legitimate political organizations. Near the end of 1982,
the Bureau claimed that it had discovered photographs that NAMBLA had been
involved in the kidnapping of a boy who had disappeared several years
earlier. NAMBLA activists were not only able to prove that the FBI was
willing to manufacture evidence and lie to the media to press its absurd case
against the group; spokespersons from the organization had the guts to take
the spotlight of the national media and turn the tables on the cops.
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Young Gay and Proud, edited by Sasha Alyson (Alyson Publications, 119 pp)
A resource book for high-school students exploring their sexuality and
preparing for coming out, Young, Gay and Proud mixes practical advice with
chapters calculated to boost self-esteem in the face of homophobia. Included
is a chapter of famous gays and lesbians in history. It's interesting, in
this book for teenager, how many of the gay men included on that historic list
loved boys, though this isn't acknowledged in the thumbnail biographies of
their lives presented in the volume.
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*TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD*
The Delight of Hearts, translated by Eń. Lacey (Gay Sunshine Press, 234 pp)
Subtitled "what you will not find in any book," this anthology from the Arab
Middle Ages was compiled by Ahmad al-Tifashi almost a thousand years ago.
But with its focus on "strange facts, anecdotes and jokes," al-Tifashi's
collection proves that camp was alive and well even then. Chapter headings
(like "the wittiest and most refined poems about hustlers") make it
immediately apparent this is no dry-as-dust history. In fact, the book is
alive with smart-talking queens, wily hustlers, lecherous johns, lovesick
poets, passionate boy-lovers and cowering closet cases.
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Gay Tales and Verses from the Arabian Nights by Henry M. Christman (ed.),
(Banned Books, 100 pp)
The Arabian Nights gave us the stories of Sinbad the sailor and Ali Baba
and the 40 thieves. Thanks to modern scholars willing to research and
translates long-hidden examples of "Islamic indecency" contained in the
original manuscripts, the Arabian Nights can give us much more. Henry
Christman has chosen tales of seduction, of infatuation and of ecstatic
love and sex. He also includes poems by the love-sick and the love sated.
Order CGT $9.50
The Kindness of Strangers by John Boswell (Vintage, 488 pp)
Historian John Boswell noticed a dirty secret of Western civilization:
throughout classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, the abandonment of
unwanted children by their parents was a widespread practice. In this
solidly researched but compelling and readable study, he examines why
so many parents of every class gave up their children, "exposing" them
in public places, donating them to the Church or, in later centuries,
delivering them to foundling hospitals. He shows what might happen to
these children, who might be reclaimed by their biological parents or
condemned to lives of slavery or prostitution. And he illuminates
the moral codes, both pagan and Christian, that condoned abandonment.
Order BKS $16.50
The Love of the Samurai by Tsuneo Watanabe and Jun-ichi Iwata (Gay Men's
Press, 158 pp, hc)
This intriguing and lively study depicts homosexuality as central to the
traditional culture of Japan. Its flowering took several forms, beginning
with the way of chigo, or the Buddhist monks and their love for servant
boys from nine to 17 years old. Later traditions include the role of
homosexuality in no and kabuki theater and shudo, a means of spiritual
awakening practiced by the saumari. According to this ethic, a future
samurai must first be loved by an adult man, then himself love a young man
before eventually marrying a woman. The text includes many illustrations,
including color plates reproducing an entire erotic silk-roll painting
illustrating ten scenes of gay love.
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Passions of the Cut Sleeve by Bret Hinsch (University of California Press,
Bret Hinsch's investigation of the male homosexual tradition in China
mixes solid scholarship with material from ancient literature, poetry and
even bawdy humor. He reveals that though gays were sometimes persecuted
in China, most dynasties (from 1100 B.C. through 1912) tolerated the practice
and some encouraged and honored it. In many eras, the most common model for
relationships was the older man/younger boy familiar from so many gay cultures
around the world and through history, but Hinsch focuses usefully on the ways
Chinese homosexuality was different from Western experience as well as ways in
which it was similar.
Order HPS $15.50
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