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Gay Bar: Why We Went Out (edició 2021)

de Jeremy Atherton Lin (Autor)

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As gay bars continue to close at an alarming rate, a writer looks back to find out what's being lost in this indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration of history. One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2021 An indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration. "Gay Bar is an absolute tour de force." (Maggie Nelson) "Beautiful . . . Atherton Lin has a five-octave, Mariah Carey-esque range for discussing gay sex." -New York Times Book Review Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression--whatever your scene, whoever you're seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? How have they shaped him? And could this spell the end of gay identity as we know it? In Gay Bar, the author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today's fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out--and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever.  The journey that emerges is a stylish and nuanced inquiry into the connection between place and identity--a tale of liberation, but one that invites us to go beyond the simplified Stonewall mythology and enter lesser-known battlefields in the struggle to carve out a territory. Elegiac, randy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry, a love story and an epic night out to remember.… (més)
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Títol:Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
Autors:Jeremy Atherton Lin (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2021), 320 pages
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L.A., San Francisco, London, etc.--a survey of the gay bar scene by someone who's been there. ( )
  beaujoe | Oct 23, 2022 |
This is a mix of memoir and an exploration of "why we went out" - the "we" being both collective and personal. Gritty, witty, sweaty and erratically inclusive - it's not a compendium like _States of Desire_ by Edmund White (1980). But Lin admits as much - both his bias and his blatant omissions. Like many of us he bemoans the loss of the brick and mortar due to the electronic takeover of apps like Grindr, et al. He quotes George Melly (whom he labels "post gay"): "'What I would like to see is no gay scene, because it would be so natural for people to be gay that they wouldn't feel they had to actually form a scene which is really making a shell around themselves to protect them from the censure of other people.'" This is both a raunchy celebration and a melancholy paean to places quickly disappearing. ( )
  dbsovereign | Apr 15, 2021 |
This book partly, Jeremy Atherton Lin's memoir and a tour of the gay bars that he has been mostly in the United States and the U.K. He says that it is a haven for gays, people feel safe here. But this is changing. More gay bars are becoming more focused on entertainment and now have maybe half straight people. The culture is changing and the gay rights is becoming more accepted. It is strange that along with this change, gay bashing and other crimes are also becoming more prominent. As in the book, when a gay man goes out with a woman, she is usually straight. This often leaves out lesbian women and they often to feel comfortable in gay bars. They do not feel they have a place for them that feels comfortable. That was not in this book, and it seems to me as a woman who is straight and lesbian women are left out of this book. They exist too. I would love to read a book by a lesbian's life experiences.

People need a place to feel safe.

My thoughts and feelings about this book are my own. I received this book as a win from FirstReads from the publishers. ( )
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As gay bars continue to close at an alarming rate, a writer looks back to find out what's being lost in this indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration of history. One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2021 An indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration. "Gay Bar is an absolute tour de force." (Maggie Nelson) "Beautiful . . . Atherton Lin has a five-octave, Mariah Carey-esque range for discussing gay sex." -New York Times Book Review Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression--whatever your scene, whoever you're seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? How have they shaped him? And could this spell the end of gay identity as we know it? In Gay Bar, the author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today's fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out--and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever.  The journey that emerges is a stylish and nuanced inquiry into the connection between place and identity--a tale of liberation, but one that invites us to go beyond the simplified Stonewall mythology and enter lesser-known battlefields in the struggle to carve out a territory. Elegiac, randy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry, a love story and an epic night out to remember.

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