For a long time, Aaron has been attracted to his handsome coworker Blake, but he just couldn’t see them ever being together. Just when Aaron is about to give up, though, he stumbles upon Blake's most intimate secret. The question now is: what will he do now?WARNING: This 4,290-word (about 22 pages) short story is a steamy read that features explicit scenes of passionate lovemaking and sexual themes including M/M bisexuality and crossdressing, and may be too much for timid readers!
In time for PRIDE Month, a beautifully packaged edition of Gertrude Stein's erotic poem, "Lifting Belly"
The fifth book in the new Counterpoints series; Each palm-size book in the Counterpoints series is meant to stay with you, whether safely in your pocket or long after you turn the last page. From short stories to essays to poems, these little books celebrate our most-beloved writers, whose work encapsulates the spirit of Counterpoint Press: cutting-edge, wide-ranging, and independent.
In the summers of the early 1970s, Morris Ardoin and his siblings helped run their family's roadside motel in a hot, buggy, bayou town in Cajun Louisiana. The stifling, sticky heat inspired them to find creative ways to stay cool and out of trouble. When they were not doing their chores—handling a colorful cast of customers, scrubbing motel-room toilets, plucking chicken bones and used condoms from under the beds—they played canasta, an old ladies’ game that provided them with a refuge from the sun and helped them avoid their violent, troubled father. Morris was successful at occupying his time with his siblings and the children of families staying in the motel’s kitchenette apartments but was not so successful at keeping clear of his father, a man unable to shake the horrors he had experienced as a child and, later, as a soldier. The preteen would learn as he matured that his father had reserved his most ferocious attacks for him because of an inability to accept a gay or, to his mind, broken, son. It became his dad’s mission to “fix” his son, and Morris’s mission to resist—and survive intact. He was aided in his struggle immeasurably by the love and encouragement of a selfless and generous grandmother, who provides his story with much of its warmth, wisdom, and humor. There’s also suspense, awkward romance, naughty French lessons, and an insider’s take on a truly remarkable, not-yet-homogenized pocket of American culture.
Michael Carroll's stories take the pulse of gay life in today's political climate.
His work is bold in content and emotion, and doesn't always adhere to convention, As his Sue Kaufman Award citation states, it "has the power of Dubliners in its disclosing of necessary truths." He is enormously well connected in the literary and gay literary worlds, and will have a fine lineup of blurbs and events for this collection, as he did for his debut book.
When a man whose career is making maps loses himself, where does he turn? In Eric Mueller’s case, he unwillingly must rely on his step-brother, Alexander Brittain.
But Allie has his own problems—he’s disappointed his mother and Eric’s father in dozens of ways, and he can’t seem to grow up. Can these two very different men make each other change in the ways they need to, and become the lovers they’ve been destined to be since their teen years?
Or will step-brothers be as close as they can ever get? An enemies to lovers, new adult, geek and bad boy sexy romance!
First collection of full-length plays from British East Asian playwrights
Playwrights: Yang Mai Ooi, Jeremy Tiang, Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen, Amy Ng, Stephen Hoo, Joel Tan and Daniel York Loh.
Selected and Edited: Cheryl Robson, Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe. With an introduction: Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe
A landmark collection of contemporary full-length plays by British East Asian writers. Exploring subjects such as cultural identity, the fragmentation of communities, tradition, invisibility and discrimination, these plays are ideal to perform.
With an introduction by academics Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe which sets the plays into context and explores the hidden history of theatre from BEA theatre-makers.
This is a timely collection, being published within months of the opening of three plays by British East Asian playwrights in the UK, and a growing awareness in the mainstream press that that East Asians in British theatre are under-represented.
As Daniel York Loh writes:
“British East Asians were effectively side-lined in any debate on diversity in theatre where the general establishment view tends towards a binary black/white… which seems to exclude large swathes of the Asian continent.”
As Kumiko Mendl of Yellow Earth theatre writes:
"There is an abundance of talent and experience to be found in the UK, and it's time that the rest of Britain woke up to the diversity of artists and practitioners around them – those that know their Kuan Han-ching as well as their Shakespeare."
The seven plays in the anthology are:
Bound Feet Blues by Yang Mai Ooi
The Last Days of Limehouse by Jeremy Tiang
Conversations with my Unknown Mother by Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen
Special Occasions by Amy Ng
Jamaica Boy by Stephen Hoo
Tango by Joel Tan
The Fu Manchu Complex by Daniel York Loh
"Ooi has some unsettling examples of how, even today in the West, daintiness in a woman is often celebrated and a `beauty is pain' culture still exists." --The Stage"The Last Days of Limehouse is a finely balanced, well-written and superbly acted play that's well worth seeing." **** - --everything theatre"...a devilishly ironic spin on Sax Rohmer's classic novel that will leave you in hysterics...wildly satirical and steeped in sexual innuendo... the atmosphere created on stage is alluring." - --The Upcoming
Commissario Guido Brunetti’s hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Margheraa body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information. And before the night is out, Brunetti is confronting yet another appalling, and apparently senseless, death.
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