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The book is about creating a sense of family, and most of all, it is about hope. In Robbie, Currier has created a gay Everyman we can all identify with, love, and root for. This is one novel that I was sorry to see end. With this work, Currier has established himself as one of the preeminent gay novelists, not just of the s, but of all time. This book should be required reading for every gay man, period. Penguin, This debut collection of short stories, first published in , was praised for its courageous and compassionate depiction of the impact of AIDS on gay men and their families and friends.
I have read and re-read these stories, delighted in them and savored each one. How is it that fiction can so successfully transcend and translate science? Currier captures the bittersweet existence of gay men living through this holocaust, the afterglow when the bombs have fallen and before news of further devastation reaches them. That would be a shame. As the band plays on, AIDS spirals deeper into our lives.
To ask fiction to ignore what it has always done best: mirror the times in which we live, and the ways in which we survive, Dancing on the Moon reaches to fulfill that obligation with an effort of the first order. For that reason, and for the sheer good talent of Jameson Currier, this collection deserves a wide readership. Lethe Press Chelsea Station Editions, In Still Dancing author Jameson Currier brings together twenty short stories spanning three decades of the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the gay community.
It has the literary heft of Camus and the quiet urbanity of Cheever….
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Currier chronicles not only a defining era in gay America, but the private lives of the people who triumphed through what looked like defeat. At its best, his work—particularly his erotica—is filtered through an exquisite poetic sensibility, and a prism of humanity that lifts the story above and away from anything as pedestrian as a genre, and into the realm of fine literature. Currier plays with points of view: first-person and third person, to be sure, but also the rarely used and even more rarely used well second-person point of view. In these lapidary tales, he computes the inscrutable calculus of desire with uncanny accuracy.
In fact, there is such precision in both the foreground and background details of each tale that this collection is nothing less than HDST—High Definition Story Telling.
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The effect is often unnerving. This is not a microscope that Currier presents to you, dear reader; it is a mirror. And objects in mirror are closer than they appear. In case you are a little curious about how this book came about: A little more than a decade ago, Anne-Laure Hubert, a graduate student in Belgium, translated into French my first collection of short stories, Dancing on the Moon, for her masters thesis.
In , Anne-Laure located me on the Internet and e-mailed me to let me know she had translated my stories and asked if I wanted to see her thesis. For me, it was a truly strange experience — to read and rediscover my early stories and now in a foreign language and to revisit many of the issues and themes which seemed to have evaporated from gay life — and my own consciousness. Anne-Laure had several unanswered questions regarding her translation — idioms and footnotes and specifics relating to gay life or life in the U.
Olivier Gainon and the folks at CyLibris have produced a beautiful edition of these short stories — and if you know any French language speakers or citizens, I hope that you will encourage them to support Cylibris and any French, international, or local AIDS organization. The first issue featured six original short stories, fourteen new poems, a never-before-published one-act play and memoir, and several interviews, columns, and reviews on gay literature and theater. Schanke, Charles Silverstein, Jerry L.
Wheeler, Emanuel Xavier, and Cal Yeomans. Jaffe, Richard Johns, Michael T. Viray, Ian Young and Stephen Zerance. The fourth issue of Chelsea Station , the popular new literary magazine of gay writing, edited by Jameson Currier, features seven short stories, three essays, ten poems, and interviews, reviews and other writing relating to gay literature. Wheeler, and Stephen Zerance. Between: New Gay Poetry , edited by Jameson Currier, features sixty gay poets writing on relationships between men: gay men with their friends, lovers, partners, husbands, dates, tricks, boyfriends, hustlers, idols, teachers, mentors, fathers, brothers, family, teams, co-workers, relatives and strangers.
With: New Gay Fiction , edited by Jameson Currier, features sixteen authors writing on relationships with men: gay men with their friends, lovers, partners, husbands, dates, tricks, boyfriends, hustlers, idols, teachers, mentors, fathers, brothers, family, teams, co-workers, relatives, and strangers. Two gay couples meet at an idyllic mountain cabin to celebrate Thanksgiving. As the four men reminisce of their college years, coming out, and recall their past friends and former lovers, a shocking and fatal tale of obsession unfolds.
Currier captures the fragile nature of human relationships and explores the ways in which they can be broken. Cleverly constructed and and not without an original hook, What Comes Around provides a compelling and intimate portrait of one man 's obsession. Readers looking for an unusual narrative voice will find the novel hugely rewarding.
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Currier spins Creole lore flush with characters living in the gay big easy erotically, exotically, and sometimes supernaturally. Currier delivers campy chills with ghost sex, wolf specters, and voodoo diva dances, but the true horrors are uncovered in the realities of Southern slavery. A journal from the s reveals a parallel story of gay interracial master-slave love, a tale full of portents, both real and symbolic. The author conjures more than literary devices, and writes with venomous wit and a huge heart. Marcia Aldrich. Uncanny Magazine Issue Lynne M.
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