American Voyeur: Dispatches From the Far Reaches of Modern Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 5, 2010 - Social Science - 320 pages
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BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS, one of the most perceptive and interesting journalists writing today, takes us into some unusual precincts of American society in American Voyeur.

Denizet-Lewis made news with his New York Times Magazine cover story "Double Lives on the Down Low," included here, which ignited a firestorm by revealing a subculture of African-American men who have sex with other men but who don’t consider themselves gay. In American Voyeur, he also takes us inside a summer camp for pro-life teenagers, a New Hampshire town where two young brothers committed suicide, a social group for lipstick lesbians, a middle school where a girl secretly lives as a boy, a college where fraternity boys face the daunting prospect of sobriety, a state where legally married young gay men are turning out to be more like their parents than anyone might have suspected, a high school where dating has been replaced by "hooking up," and other intersections of youth culture and sexuality. Peer behind the curtain of modern American life with this remarkable collection.

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AMERICAN VOYEUR: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A collection of short essays about American subcultures by New York Times Magazine contributor Denizet-Lewis (America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, 2009).The author first gained ... Read full review

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User Review  - chrisjones - LibraryThing

A collection of essays Denizet-Lewis had previously published in magazines and newspapers. Most of them deal with outsiders of one kind or another. One is about an FtM teenager. Many others deal with issues of gender in interesting ways. I didn't find a clunker in the bunch. Read full review


About a Boy Who Isnt
God Is Rad
Whatever Happened to Teen Romance?
Brothers Keeper
Kids Inc
Camp Life
Trouble in Paradise
The War on Frat Culture
Cosmetically Correct
Abercrombie Nation
Whats in a Street Name?
Double Lives on the Down Low
Get Out of My Closet
The Newlywed Gays
Regular Guys

Boy Crazy

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Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer with The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College. He is the author of Travels With Casey, America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, and has contributed to Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Details, Slate, Salon, Out, and many others. Denizet-Lewis lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Follow him @BenoitDLewis.

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