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For listeners of Hilton Als and Maggie Nelson, a brilliantly evocative fusion of cultural criticism, history, and memoir telling the story of the gay bar, arguably on the brink of extinction.

In the era of Grindr and same-sex marriage, gay bars are closing down at an alarming rate. What, then, was the gay bar? Set between Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, Gay Bar takes us on a time-traveling, transatlantic bar hop through pulsing nightclubs, after-work dives, hardcore leather bars, gay cafes, and saunas, asking what these places meant to their original clientele, what they meant to the author as a younger man, and what they mean now.

In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and as dazzling as a disco ball, Atherton Lin conjures the strobing lights and the throbbing music, the smell and taste of tangles of male bodies, the rough and tender anonymous encounters, the costumes and categories - twink, top, masc, queen, tweaker, tourist, voyeur, exhibitionist - all the while tracking the protean aesthetics of masculinity and gayness. Along the way, he invites us to go beyond the simplified gay bar liberation mythology of Stonewall and enter the many other battlefields in the war to carve out space in which to exist, express, and love as a gay man.

Elegiac, sexy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry into how we construct ourselves through the spaces we inhabit and an epic night out to remember.

©2021 Jeremy Atherton Lin (P)2021 Little, Brown & Company

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/05/17

Gay Bar : A Review

I loved his voice tone and narration. I thought the book itself was an interesting take on the anthropological/social aspect of gay bars through the lens of his life/a memoir about his life. My only issue was that to me personally it wasn’t marketed as a memoir (or I didn’t know it was?) and that it was only going to focus on LA/NYC/LDN bars which obviously is because the writer will only write about places he experienced and visited. It was a very entertaining listen and one of the best nonfiction books I’ve experienced this year.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Robert M.Plevel
  • 2021/03/13

OKAY ..BUT SLOW

Struggled to visit, wud have referred
another reader.
jumped around too much,hard to stay
concetrated...

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • T Cyr
  • 2021/03/05

Flashes of brilliance but mostly tedious

The first chapter starts out amazing, Interesting with lots of insight, but the two chapters that follow are pure yammer. I had great hopes for something extraordinary here, at least some understanding and hindsight into gay culture and how it's evolved into the modern era of how we now socialize via internet apps. Gay bars were a big part of how I learned socialize as a gay man on many levels and not just for sex. Feels unbearable to continue.