Gay Travels (A Literary Companion) by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

By Lucy Jane Bledsoe

From the foreword through Felice Picano

"This quantity makes no try and rival these homosexual trip courses that exist already. it really is anything assorted, way more exciting: a set of reports that target at being what Herman Melville deemed "an inside of narrative." that's, what being a homosexual guy in a international land relatively appears like, smells like, tastes like, and hurts like. The voices the following should be likened to these of neighbors sitting round a dinner desk the evening ahead of your trip who give you insights and warnings that simply later do you find upload infinitely for your excursion."

Table of Content

Felice Picano "Foreword"
Lucy Jane Bledsoe "Preface"
Spain Brian Bouldrey "Pilgrim's Regress"
Beijing Philip Gambone "Invading Their Space"
Olympia Darieck Scott "Ride of the Centaurs"
Tangier Joe Orton "Tangier Diary"
California Rondo Mieczkowski "Bodies in Motion"
India Adam Klein "A barren region Shade"
Israel Hanns Ebensten "First evening within the Promised Land"
Berlin and beyond Edmund White "Shopping"
Central Africa Cary Alan Johnson "Obi's Story"
Mexico City Andrew Holleran "Sleepless in Mexico"
Sacramento Michael Nava "Journey to 1971"
Tobago Achim Nowak "Jungle Fever 138"
Russia David Tuller "Broken Romance"
Barcelona Erasmo Guerra "La Placa Reial"
Indiana Michael Lowenthal "Sand Niggers and a Tallboy Bud"
Paris James Baldwin "Equal in Paris"
Capri and beyond Paul Monette "A One-Way Fare"

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I decide to keep my shirt off. It's hot, I'm sweating, I'd best wait until I dry off. We decide to rest a bit in the shade near the pedestals of the Zanes, the bronze statues of Zeus that once stood here as tribute paid for by Olympic cheaters. A young boy who has seen me exit the stadium has been staring at me, and now he turns from his course and walks back toward our party, while an adult, perhaps his father, waits. He strolls slowly by, staring, stops a few feet away, and stares. I have the feeling that he is comparing me to an image he recalls from a magazine or television, as if he thinks I'm Linford Christie or Michael Johnson.

This whole experience, I could tell, was going to be one where we would have to wing it and hope for the best. As I finished undressing, wrapping the skimpy towel around Invading Their Space 19 my waist, I noticed a middle-aged man sitting on a bench a few feet away. " I panicked. Did all the men who had been staring at us feel this way? Had I presumed wrong in thinking that the unwritten law of universal gay solidarity would prevail here? Managing a friendly smile, I replied that our intentions were simply to relax and enjoy ourselves.

Neither outraged nor surprised by the carnage he beholds, he presides over the scene, as if there were nothing untoward in the coexistence of a celebration oflove and the outbreak of violence, as if he were a knowing witness to the fact that even in the highest and best of our moments it is wise to acknowledge and give due to that which is rampant in us-the wild, the hot-tempered, the heedlessly gluttonous and cruel, the rage of discordant desires. That the appeal of this rapturously violent image might bear some relation to the primal scene of the Adantic slave trade, the horribly destructive and unintentionally creative act that produced my ancestors, does not escape me.

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