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Robert le Diable


The guy who gave me a black eye when he was walking out of a gay club with his friends and I was walking in and they obviously didn't know that the club was for gay people on Thanksgiving night 1984 didn't knock as much sense into me as you just did.

Matthew Gallaway

LOL -- thanks, Robert -- hope the eye is better!

Robert le Diable

Yes, 26 years does tend to heal some things.



Please consider the use of paragraph breaks. This is just too much text in an unbroken string. My eyes need the respite of whitespace.


But Jolene does have a point here, it is as if a singular thought goes on and on. A run-on paragraph is nearly as painful as a run-on sentence.

Matthew Gallaway

Ok guys, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, but I dont agree AT ALL with your criticism and wont pretend to be in any way grateful on that account. One of the great things to me about blogging is that there are no rules about grammar or presentation, and this particular piece was intentionally written as a stream-of-consciousness/block of text, which I wanted to reflect or perhaps symbolize the brutality of the subject matter being discussed, almost like its a single hammer hitting you over the head. You may not get it, but that was my intention and I stand by the decision; I think it works. I will not be discussing this any further; rest assured that much of my writing is more traditional (i.e., with paragraphs and punctuation) and I would be happy for you to check that out if youre so inclined. Or not! Whatever... 

Heather Emme

This is what I always come back to. Don't have a kid if you're not willing to have a 1 in 10 chance of having a gay, lesbian, bi or trans kid. If you have a kid, you're entering into an emotional contract by which you are expected to love them - and that contract doesn't come with an "unless they're gay" clause.

Matthew Gallaway

Nicely said, Heather -- thanks for commenting.


I like the lack of paragraph breaks. (=

Matthew Gallaway

Ha, thanks Yvonne!


Your post is f***ing awesome. This is the best response I've read to date on the 'bullying' (outing) issue and instances of late as well as general reproach / call to conscience to straight society. I applaud you and SINCERELY thank you.
You're made my day.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks, Dominick -- much appreciated!


Someone should send this to President Obama as an explanation of why his support of civil unions for gay people (but not marriage) is indirectly leading to tangible, physical violence against LGBT kids.

Matthew Gallaway

Hey -- thanks, Jaime -- I definitely dont understand why the connection between discrimination and violence isnt obvious to ppl, but I guess its not.

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Gods final



A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world. With each turn of the page, #gods will leave you increasingly reborn.

Praise for #gods

“#gods is a mystery, an excavation of myths, an index of modern life, a gay coming-of-age story, an office satire, a lyrical fever dream, a conspiracy. One of the most ambitious novels in recent memory—and a wild, possibly transformative addition to the canon of gay literature—it contains multitudes, and seethes with brilliance.” —Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

“Matthew Gallaway’s #gods is a novel so brilliant, so funny, so full of strange and marvelous things, I couldn’t stop writing OMG WTF I <3 THIS SO MUCH in its margins. It’s rare to find a novel that so dazzlingly reinvigorates age-old meditations on faith and f&!*ing, art and eros. Luminous, enterprising, and sublimely cheeky, #gods tells the story, the myth, the dream of the human soul in all its glorious complexity.” —Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch

“Matthew Gallaway’s storytelling manages to be both dreamy and serious; lean and luxurious. His words carry an incantatory power of mythic storytelling where beauty and savagery wrap around each other like bright threads in a gorgeous tapestry.” —Natasha Vargas-Cooper, author of Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America

“If the ancient gods were just like us, only more so, then the same could be said for this strange, wonderful book, in which the mundane sorrows and small triumphs of very ordinary lives glow ever so slightly around the edges, sometimes quite literally. At once an oddly romantic send-up of dead-end office culture and an offbeat supernatural procedural, #gods is terrifically weird, melancholy, sexy, and charming.” —Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

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The Metropolis Case

'It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.'

-- The New York Times

Music: Death Culture at Sea and Saturnine

Listen or download songs and records from my indie-rock past with Saturnine here and Death Culture at Sea here.

Music Video: Remembrance of Things Past

Watch the rock opera Remembrance of Things Past written and performed by Saturnine and Frances Gibson, starring Bennett Madison and Sheila McClear.

Video: The Chaos Detective

The Chaos Detective is a series about a man searching for 'identity' as he completes assignments from a mysterious organization. Watch the first episode (five parts) on YouTube.

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