Looks like this book is still available. Fortunately, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has helped to provide resources for reproducing public domain titles that were out of print. For just shy of $14.00, you can obtain a copy of Provincetown or, Odds and Ends from the Cape Tip. From the first couple of chapters which cover the Vikings and the Pilgrim’s landing in town, this book is of definite interest for anyone interested in Provincetown history.
When gay goes gray, an unspectacular homosexual: Holleran’s The Beauty of Men is a stark, powerful, tour de force of a novel—that is not for the faint of heart or for those who prefer not to look life squarely in the eye. Having read this novel several times many years ago, it remains a touchstone for my own writing.
Holleran’s novel offers a rather early challenge to the mainstream perception of the gay male by offering an unflinching consideration of a middle-aged man, who finds himself living amidst the realities and not merely the idealities of a “gay” life. Along the way, the novel explores themes of interest to us all–loss, loneliness, aging, invisibility, isolation, and the question of dreams as directional or delusional. There are also themes ranging from the AIDS era haunting to the question of gay separatism that speak more specifically to a generational gay male experience.
Apparently, the novel is out of print, but there seem to be a handful of used copies available–grab yours today.
Susie Bright’s Full Exposure is a must read for getting at the consideration of sex as a creative power. It is a fun, quick, and engaging read that manages to rethink a much overlooked, if not silenced, topic.
After a lifetime of hearing and reading about sex as sinful, ruinous, and destructive, Bright’s discussion offers a powerful and full-throated reconsideration of sex as a creative and productive force. It also contains breezy overview of the erotica versus pornography discussion.