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Buddies (The Buddies Cycle #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"What unites us, all of us, surely is brotherhood, a sense that our friendships are historic, designed to hold Stonewall together," muses on character in Ethan Mordden's Buddies. This need for friendship, for nonerotic affection, for buddies, shines forth as an American obsession from Moby-Dick through Of Mice and Men to The Sting. And American gay life has built upon and
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 15th 1987 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1986)
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I read this book years ago when I was just coming out - mostly to myself -as a gay man and I had forgotten just how much I enjoy Ethan Mordden. We are reading this for the book group I'm in and I'm looking forward to discussing it tonight with a group of other gay men my age. I remember reading this when I was trying to figure out "how to be" gay. :-) One of Mordden's characters has a line in this book where he says that we are born homosexual, but need to learn to be gay. I'm not into gay eliti ...more
QUOTE that embodies the THEME of this book: "Sometimes [gay men] think they seek someone better than they are; sometimes I think no, they seek themselves. And sometimes the two searches are one. This is what makes our times interesting."
Kevin Fitzsimmons
A truly beautiful book. Pieced together by different essays and stories. Mordden has a sharp wit and a gift for clear observation. The stand out chapter for me was about gay men's love of the theater. Mordden is a noted theater critic and historian, and this shows in the story of how one man grows up to love the Broadway musical and the ways in which musicals inform his view of the world. Sadly, it feels like so much of the world Mordden wrote about no longer exists; but, it is a pleasure to spe ...more
Jon O
Jun 10, 2012 Jon O rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: gay, humor
I have to appreciate Mordden's contribution to gay literary. Just have to. I am not someone who picks up works by authors of his level. Difficult to enjoy. Although I got his books months ago, I did not dare to start, until recently.

I admit I have to read the lines twice to be able to absorb what he was sharing. The first chapter itself was good. I laughed. Great humor. However, as I went into more and more chapters, reading twice was no longer tolerable. I began to count pages before the book w
I haven't read this book since it first came out in my early bookstore days but I read it a few times back then. I think I finally sold it at a yard-sale in '92. This book has some genuinely laugh-out-loud, read-aloud-to-a-friend (in my case my husband) moments. Particularly those involving the author's large family of brothers.
Aug 09, 2010 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: lgbt
I became completely enthralled. Love the characters, dialogue, and especially the complex relationships. Although I grew up in a Midwestern city, the book speaks to my experiences of coming out and developing my own chosen family of friends.
Nov 21, 2007 Larry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
I really liked this book even better than the first.It was a nice thing to revisit the charecters from Ive a Feeling Were Not in Kansas Anymore. I am glad that Bobby introduced us to these people. I am now looking forward to the other two books.
An interesting study of the people one man meets on his journey through gay New York. A little high-brow for me, but some fascinating characters and interesting stories told along the way. Semi-autobiographical.
Apr 29, 2013 Andrea marked it as to-re-read
I'm pretty sure Jordana discovered Ethan Mordden first and then told me to read him.
Jan 23, 2008 W.B. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gaybos
Slutty. Hot. Moving. Only a little bit messed up. A good heart, this author.
First read in 1987.
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