The University of Wisconsin Press
Fiction / Gay Interest
They Change The Subject
Douglas A. Martin
Passionate encounters unfold like bits of film
Treacherously comic and poignant, the stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man's quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected emotional encountersfrom an escort's dates in Manhattan hotels to a photo shoot that doubles as seduction. Always pushing toward a bigger shiver of passion, Martin's young-man-on-the-make learns how to adapt his persona to suit his lovers' needs and tries to embrace his own experienceand his self-by becoming the purest object of desire.
"Douglas Martin is a polished, inventive, soulful writer, and this collection is a short, sweet, full contemplation of desire and love."Mack Friedman, author of Strapped for Cash
"Poet and novelist Martin is the literary equivalent of Morrisseyonly he's not afraid to tell you what he wants."Village Voice, praise for Outline of My Lover
Douglas A. Martin's first novel, Outline of My Lover, was nominated for the American Library Association's GLBT Book Award, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and named an international book of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. It has been adapted in part by the Ballett Frankfurt for the production Kammer/Kammer. The author of two collections of poetry, Martin currently teaches at New School University in New York.
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LC: 2005008264 PS
160 pp. 6 x 9
Paper $17.95 t
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