From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up

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Robert R. Williams, Ted Gideonse
Carroll& Graf, 2006 - Social Science - 308 pages
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More than an anthology of coming out stories, "From Boys to Men" is a stunning collection of essays about what it is like to be gay and young, to be different and be aware of that difference from the earliest of ages. In these memoirs, coming out is less important than coming of age and coming to the realization that young gay people experience the world in ways quite unlike straight boys. Whether it is a fascination with soap opera, an intense sensitivity to their own difference, or an obsession with a certain part of the male anatomy, gay kids -- or kids who would eventually identify as gay -- have an indefinable but unmistakable gay sensibility. Sometimes the result is funny, sometimes it is harrowing, and often it is deeply moving.
Essays by lauded young writers like Alex Chee (Edinburgh), Aaron Hamburger (Faith for Beginners), Karl Soehnlein (The World of Normal Boys), Trebor Healy (Through It Came Bright Colors), Tom Dolby (The Trouble Boy), David Bahr, and Austin Bunn, are collected along with those by brilliant, newcomers such as Michael McAllister, Jason Tougaw, Viet Dinh, and the wildly popular blogger, Joe.My.God.

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At first glance, the need for an anthology of gay men's writings on their youth seems superfluous. Aren't there many titles that fit that subject already? One could fill shelves with existing books of ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Ted Gideonse, is a film critic for Maisonneuve and has written for Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Salon.com, The Advocate, and Out. Rob Williams teaches English in San Diego, and his writing has appeared in M2M: New Literary Fiction, Fresh Men, I Do/I Don’t, The Gay and Lesbian Times, and Maisonneuve.

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