By Dennis Cooper
“[A] amazing, triumphantly lurid author in addition to a supremely gifted, dependent stylist whose prose is sensible and nervy. He may additionally be the final literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction.” —Bret Easton Ellis
Internationally acclaimed author Dennis Cooper keeps to check the fabric he is consistently explored in truth, yet does so now—in stories—with a feeling of wisdom and a satirical contact that exploits and winks at his mastery of this global. because it has performed for many years, Cooper’s taut, managed prose lays naked the compulsions and troubling vacancy of the human soul.
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This is super depressing. Mufﬂed gay-sounding voice: Okay, we’ve got your results. But they’re too close to call. How about we just narrow it down, and give you a choice? Any of them will do. You can’t lose. Mackerel: Agreed. By the way, who are you, leader guy, so I’ll know who’s the top? Mufﬂed gay-sounding voice: Me? Carl’s my name. I’ll tell you what. Here’s who I used to be, because I’m just a forty-ish, ugly, gay, gym-going dreg who watches too much porn now. But I used to be the slightly queeny but cute enough to make up for it blond boy who hung around in West Hollywood back in the ’80s, if you remember that?
I mean whatchacallit, that humanistic word. Josh’s boyfriend: Go somewhere more speciﬁc with “them” ﬁrst. I’m no humanist. And when you’re gay, “them” just means straight. So deﬁne “them,” and quickly. He looks at his watch. Mackerel: The former me’s. Cute boys. Josh’s boyfriend: You mean like old what’s-his-name, my ex? Mackerel: For instance. Josh’s boyfriend: So you feel like a blip? Like it’s cool I’m so cute to one older rich gay guy and all, but it’s not like he’s Barry Diller? ’Cos that was old what’s-his-name’s beef, if memory serves.
Thousands of mufﬂed, gay-sounding voices yell names enthusiastically at the same exact moment. Josh’s boyfriend: One at a time. On second thought, pick a leader. 35 THE ASH GR AY PROCL A M ATION Mackerel: They don’t deserve me. This is super depressing. Mufﬂed gay-sounding voice: Okay, we’ve got your results. But they’re too close to call. How about we just narrow it down, and give you a choice? Any of them will do. You can’t lose. Mackerel: Agreed. By the way, who are you, leader guy, so I’ll know who’s the top?