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21. Whitman's Queer Children: America's Homosexual Epics, Popular
Davies examines the work of four of the most important twentieth-century poets who have explored the epic tradition. Some of the poems display an explicit concern with ideas of American nationhood, while others emulate the formal ambitions and encyclopaedic scope of the epic poem. The study undertakes extensive close readings of Hart Crane's The Bridge (1930), Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” (1956) and The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-71 (1972), James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover (1982), and John Ashbery's Flow Chart (1991). Although not primarily an account of a Whitmanian lineage, this book considers Whitman's renegotiation of the dialectic between the public and the private as a context for the project of the homosexual epic, arguing for the existence of a genealogy of epic poems that rethink the relationship between these two spheres. If, as Bakhtin suggests, the job of epic is to “accomplish the task of cultural, national, and political centralization of the verbal-ideological world,” the idea of the “homosexual epic” fundamentally problematizes the traditional aims of the genre.

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From: Gay Literature/Poetry


22. Freddie Mercury: his Life in His Own Words, Popular
Despite being in the limelight for over 20 years and selling nearly 200 million records, Freddie Mercury was a very private person - avoiding interviews as he was painfully shy and uncomfortable in the company of anyone who might intrude upon his famous 'royal family' of close friends. This book takes us on the journey of Queen - three academics and a frustrated art student, tired of having no money, taking on the music industry on their own terms. Spurred on by an almost uncontrollable, ambitious and forthright Mercury, Queen succeeded, becoming the biggest band of the generations to come.The story, told in his own words shows how on many occasions, the band almost split, but was always kept together by their shared love of breaching musical boundaries. Freddie's own personal story is one of pursuing a dream, dealing with wealth and fame, looking back and having no regrets, coming to reflect on his thoughts on getting old, his legacy and death. Though Freddie talked rarely to others about himself, the interviews published - and some unpublished up until now, compiled in this book, together with an intriguing insight into the man who outwardly exuded confidence and arrogance but behind that public perception spent periods alone and searching for happiness. This title includes a foreword by Freddie's Mother Jer Bulsara.

Greg Brooks (Editor), Simon Lupton (Editor)

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From: Biographies


23. Scruff, Popular
It's no secret: The beards are back in town - and with them, chest hair, scruffy legs, and hairy bellies have returned. Scruff is a declaration of love to fuzzy men.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks


24. Still Standing: The Savage Years, Popular
As a narrator, stroppy of tongue but melting of heart, O'Grady still charms and tickles. The comic scenes with his truly mythological mum ("the Madame Defarge of Tranmere"; "Columbo in a flannelette nightie"; "Eleanor of Aquitaine with a chip-pan") can touch the hem of Alan Bennett's robe... Leaves most fiction and history of the era in the dust.

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From: Biographies/Paul O'Grady


25. 21st Century Jocks: Sporting Men and Contemporary Heterosexuality, Popular
From macho huddles to gentle cuddles, the ways in which sportsmen relate as friends has radically changed. With homophobia stigmatized and gay teammates revered, today's jocks no longer fear being thought gay for behaviors that constrained men of the previous generation. In this eye-opening book, Professor Eric Anderson draws on hundreds of interviews with 15-22 year old straight and gay male athletes in both the United States and the United Kingdom to show how jocks have redefined heterosexuality: kissing on the lips, dancing together, cuddling in bed, and proudly proclaiming their bromance with other men.

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From: Political and Social Issues


26. Assaracus Issue 01: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Popular
Assaracus (ISSN 2159-0478), a quarterly journal of gay poetry, features a substantial collection of work by ten gay poets. Issue 1 of Assaracus features poetry by Shane Allison, Jay Burodny, Gavin Dillard, Christopher Hennessy, Matthew Hittinger, James Kangas, Raymond Luczak, Frank J Miles, Stephen Mills, and Eric Norris. Edited by poet Bryan Borland, author of the American Library Association-honored My Life as Adam.

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From: Gay Literature/Poetry


27. Turnon: Sports, Popular
Usually most of us are way too lazy to do it as often as we should - but nevertheless sport is an essential part in the lifes of many gay men; after all one wants to stay healthy and in good shape. And there's even more to it: Sport and what's associated with it - muscles, endurance and physical challenges - are a fetish for a lot of men. The extensive anthology Turnon Sports is dedicated to this topic; it's a huge collection of impressive pictures, attractive and brilliantly staged by artists like Rick Day, John Gress, Domenico Cemmano, Richard Gerst and others.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks


28. Cockyboys: Blank Book, Popular
A hardcover notebook with 224 dotted pages and a ribbon to keep place. The cover is decorated with a full colour photograph of a sexy yet thoughtful naked man.

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From: Art and Photo Books/Nude Male Photobooks


29. At My Mother's Knee...: and other low joints, Popular
Paul O'Grady, apart from being one of Britain's best loved entertainers, is a classic example of reinvention, as At My Mother’s Knee demonstrates. The young Liverpool entertainer, an altar boy from Irish Catholic Birkenhead, becomes the acid-tongued and outrageous drag queen Lily Savage, and moves from gay pubs to national television, creating something of a British comic institution en route (O'Grady's caustic drag character was a world away from safer predecessors such as Danny La Rue). But O'Grady (like other comic performers such as John Cleese) realised that comic creations can have a limited shelf life, and reinvented himself as ‘Paul O'Grady’, coming out from behind the false breasts and towering wigs as a toned-down (but still camp), more audience-friendly TV presenter (wisely, he retained the abrasive voice and a Scouse accent that could be cut with a knife).

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From: Biographies/Paul O'Grady


30. Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance, Popular
These fierce stories of love on the frontlines will grab and hold readers' attention as they travel the world with these soldiers on Active Duty. Neil Plakcy brings both together into heart-pounding vignettes of men of action who put their lives on the line to protect and serve. The heat of battle only amps up the level of excitement knowing that this tryst might be their last. These heroic hunks fight for love and honour and will have readers begging for their next debriefing!

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From: Gay Literature/Erotic


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