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Chris Adrian from 20 under 40 is gay.

Matthew Gallaway

True, but my understanding is that his work does not have gay characters? I havent read him yet, so I could be wrong.

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P. Gerlat

this post made me think of Daniel Mendelsohn's recent review of Edmund White's 'City Boy' in the NY Review of Books -- perhaps you saw it already. I'd curious to hear your thoughts on it. In a sense it's about the concern of gay writers self-ghettoizing themselves, if that's not a terrible oversimplification.


Matthew Gallaway

Yes, P. Gerlat, I did read that at one point, and I think Edmund White is clearly a good example of an author whos not afraid to be known as a gay writer and include gay characters in his fiction. But okay, hes seventy now, and who can we point to now as building on top of his foundation? I dont really buy into the idea of writers (gay or otherwise) self-ghettoizing themselves (this is not to say that gays arent capable of poor writing, obviously); its not really a criticism you hear levied against writers of other groups, e.g., did anyone criticize say, Junot Diaz of self-ghettoizing himself when he wrote about the Dominican-American experience? To the contrary, he was celebrated for that exact reason (and rightly so). There are countless other similar examples, but when a gay writer writes about gay lives, its too often: oh nobodys interested. Ultimately in my mind it boils down to the fact that a significant percentage of people would rather pretend that gays dont exist, not only in real life, but in the literature that reflects their/our stories. Like it or not, we (the gays) are an important part of American history, and our status as writers/novelists should reflect this. At the moment, if that WaPo article is any indication, we have slipped backwards, and I dont think anyone could argue that the record is anything but spotty at best. I think people (speaking generally) have to quit pretending that progress is a given with the passage of time, and start admitting that theres a serious problem here that needs to be addressed.

Bourgeois Nerd

Obviously, Matt, you are our "Great Gay Hope" who will transform the literary landscape!

Matthew Gallaway

LOL -- If you and 100,000 of your closest friends buy THE METROPOLIS CASE, that will be a help!

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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

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“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

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

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