Essay for the Rumpus

This essay was prompted by the editor, Arielle Greenberg, who asked writers to reflect on “how looking at the world through the lens of an alternative sexual orientation influences the modes and strategies with which we approach our creative work.” It was a pain to write about writing, but a pleasure to publish something so seriously dirty.… Continue reading Essay for the Rumpus

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Color Me Your Color Baby

ImageOut Write is the literary companion journal to the annual ImageOut Film Festival of Rochester, NY.  “Color Me Your Color Baby” appears on p. 20. of Volume 3: Personal Pronouns, edited by Brad Craddock.  It’s an appreciation of Blondie. I don’t realize this at the time, because as a dissociative teen boy, I realize very little… Continue reading Color Me Your Color Baby

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Tramporium Report: Desert Southwest, January 2013

The Roundup is a digital zine edited by Edmund Jessup. This story appeared in The Pride Issue, June 2014, p. 36. For years, I sent out Tramporium Reports to a select group of friends. They were sexual travelogues written as reports to a government agency overseeing the homosexual ecosystem by a field agent. Who knows, there… Continue reading Tramporium Report: Desert Southwest, January 2013

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Marilyn Monroe, Baby Sitter

This account of my family’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe appeared in Salon in September of 2013. It was edited by Sarah Hepola. This central family icon, the 25¢ photo booth picture, marks a confluence of currents in mid-century American life: the rise of automation; the golden age of the Hollywood studio system; and the advent… Continue reading Marilyn Monroe, Baby Sitter

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Dominick Reading for Filth

Dominick Reading for Filth is an illustrated chapbook with transcripts from live readings, published September 2013. Available in the US, UK and Europe from CreateSpace at the link. From: “R U Available?” p. 59: I’m willing to put it all out there, to own it, to be my whole self. I’m able to love this person… Continue reading Dominick Reading for Filth

Choke a Horse

Appeared in Prose & Lore, Issue 3, Fall 2013, edited by Audacia Ray. I can’t remember what combination of factors made me desperate enough to tie G to one of his throne-like Gothic Revival chairs, with peacock blue flocked velvet upholstery. I used his colorful neckties, from Turnbull and Asser, the venerable bespoke tailor in… Continue reading Choke a Horse

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Nailed Up

also appeared in Issue 2 of Prose & Lore, July 2013, edited by Audacia Ray.  After his addiction and heartbreak in the face of my cruelty put the decorator in a bronze urn, I embarked on my thirties with a nice fat inheritance.  My alcoholic Sugar Daddy was dead, and I was free to live on my own terms.… Continue reading Nailed Up

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Gemini’s Twins

published in Issue 2 of Prose & Lore, July 2013, edited by Audacia Ray.  At one point as I’m walking along the seafront in Barceloneta, a young boy points at me and says “Mira Papi, un pirata!” and his father calmly responds “Si, es un pirata.” On the eve of my birthday, I go to a… Continue reading Gemini’s Twins

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Dirty Tricks & Happy Endings

appeared in the 2013 Soft Skull Press Anthology Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks edited by David Henry Sterry. Nonfiction. p. 281 “I never heard from Cherry again, nor did I ever seek him out. All these years later, I like to picture Cherry having really raucous and funny sex, with boys who deserve him, with a… Continue reading Dirty Tricks & Happy Endings