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Horse Crazy

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A love story set in the age of AIDS, Horse Crazy tells of a successful 35-year-old writer's obsession with a beautiful, young would-be artist and former junkie. Caught in an emotional trap of his own devising, and with his ex-lover lying in a hospital dying of AIDS, the writer is forced to confront his own mortality in this brilliant novel of erotic obsession in the gay su ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published 1990 by Plume Fiction (first published January 1st 1989)
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mark monday
Gary Indiana is a wise and well-respected art critic. a photo of him will show a man who looks really gnomish, wizened well beyond his years, an almost malnourished version of Truman Capote. he is not even remotely a traditionally handsome guy. i say this not to be critical or demeaning; my point is that this is a man who has experienced difference his entire life - so i hoped his perspective would be informed by perhaps something of an outsider mentality. and this lack - combined with the kno ...more
I just wrote that I never wanted "to read another story about a sad sack young man in love with a 'crazy.'" Yet I just finished another book about a sad sack (not young) man in love with a "crazy." In this case it's an older vain writer in love with a younger beautiful man, who won't sleep with the writer, yet the young beauty proclaims his love, while the writer grows paranoid and crazy, and gives us a very nasty portrait of his vain, deceitful, disloyal, and duplicitous "boyfriend."

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This book made me cry. A lot. It was given to me as a parting gift from a friend with the implication that I was no longer welcome in his life. I think the guy assumed that I had a drug problem, although I did not.
If you've ever been caught in a situation where your love is obsessive, and your obsession is love, but the target is blurry and your best intentions are your enemy, this book is for you.
From the pull quote on the cover ("an archetypal story, epertly told, fascinating to everyman, no matter what his sexual tastes" - William S Burroughs) and the header above the summary on the back cover ("A TASTE OF ASHES"), I knew I would like this. I didn't know I would love it.
the unnamed writer does not so much fall in love as crash and burn for a junkie sociopath. mad, recidivist love in all its mess and non-redemptive drama.
Mark Spano
This is a very well told NYC story. I like the novella form. This is a good one.
a man's love affair with a herion junkie
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Gary Indiana (real name, Gary Hoisington; born 1950) is an American writer, filmmaker, and visual artist. He teaches philosophy and literature at the New School in New York City. He divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Gary Indiana's fiction is directly contemporary. He is perhaps best known for his loose trilogy of books based on notorious criminals in the media spotlight.

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