Memoir About This Guy’s “Queer” Identity
I put the word “queer” in quotes because not all gay men identify as queer. I don’t identify as queer and I don’t want anyone telling me that I should. I have no problem with anyone else identifying as queer. That’s their choice and I fully support that. I, however, like to make this distinction clear so straight people understand that it’s not always the way they read it online. We do not all identify as “queer.” I won’t tell you how to identify, and you don’t tell me. Simple
With that said, there’s a new memoir out about a guy who does identify as queer.
Jeremy Atherton Lin’s beautiful, lyrical memoir, “Gay Bar: Why We Went Out,” cloaks this lived history in that learned history, examining an objective subject — gay bars — to create a highly subjective object: a book about his life, flensed down to just the bits that made it past the bouncer.
Here’s more. I also don’t identify with gay bar culture. Of course, I went to gay bars, but my life as a gay man never revolved around gay bars. Frankly, I’m not sure I’ll be reading this one, but I’m sure many people will enjoy it. His experience as a gay man sounds totally different from mine, which is a good thing.
Amazon“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”What readers said about “Altered Parts”“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”Altered Parts