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Monster: Gay Adventures in American Machismo

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"Bouldrey's goofy sense of humor makes you laugh at your own stereotypes of masculinity."-"Out "

Self-proclaimed sissy Brian Bouldrey goes undercover to investigate Ameri-can machismo, infiltrating everything from a bachelor party to the World Wrestling Federation's RAW. Whether he's hosting a red-meat barbecue where the menu reads like the supporting cast of Crocodile Hunt
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Alyson Books (first published 2001)
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This book didn't engage me as much as I had anticipated, but my anticipation might have been more at fault than anything. "Monster" is more of a personal journal of the author's experiences in situations that may be traditionally defined as the domain of macho men than it is necessarily a commentary on gay experiences in those environments. Also, much of the book is about international machismo - not American - and Bouldry comes across as being far more adaptable than I think I would be in most ...more
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In these essays, Bouldrey chronicles the world of the macho man from the point of view of a self-confessed "part-time opera queen" who once killed a bear (he wasn't only three, though). From rodeos to car racing, from bullfighting to boxing, Bouldrey analyzes male bonding and homoeroticism with wit and affection.

Despite the title of the book, it isn't all about "American" machismo, as Bouldrey also writes about his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, conversations with a spa attendant
I feel a little guilty, but I couldn't finish this book. The author had some interesting ideas and his writing was humorous, but I had a hard time following his thoughts. The writing felt scattered and disjointed. I felt like I had to try too hard to get through it. So I was lazy and gave up.
Master stylist, humorist, and alligator-bounty-hunter Brian Bouldrey gives readers the down and dirty on American masculinity in a series of fabulously crafted essays. My favorite scene comes when Bouldrey appears as a hydrangea in a ladies' swim cap.
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Brian Bouldrey, is the author of the nonfiction books Honorable Bandit: A Walk Across Corsica (University of Wisconsin Press, September, 2007), Monster: Adventures in American Machismo (Council Oak Books), and T he Autobiography Box (Chronicle Books); three novels, The Genius of Desire (Ballantine), Love, the Magician (Harrington Park), and The Boom Economy (University of Wisconsin Press ; and edi ...more
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