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Confessions of Danny Slocum, Or, Gay Life in the Big City

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From the first editon dustjacket (1980)
In this hilarious and moving account of any life in New York City---part novel, part autobiography---we meet Danny Slocum, a young gay man with a problem: sex (or is it love?). Wanting it, but certainly not finding it, even in a time when gay life is, if anything, overpopulated. But still...preoccupied, if dysfunctional. How Danny get
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Hardcover, 215 pages
Published May 16th 1980 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1980)
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Chris
Jul 10, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
A critical, yet humorous, novel about the shallowness of some gay relationships in New York City, written in 1979 just before the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Although it should not be read to represent all gay men at the time, it is a fair representation of some of the negative aspects of the otherwise truly fabulous decade of the 1970's. The story is told by a young man, Danny Slocum, who is in sexual therapy to cure his problem of "slow cumming"---very ironic considering the open sexuality ...more
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Dec 20, 2012 Macartney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-lit, pre-1983
A must-read for insight into the various cracks in the utopia known as being gay in the 1970s. By focusing on Danny Slo-cum's problems with intimacy and body fluids, Whitmore somewhat eerily foretells the coming decade's troubles and tragedies. I enjoyed this far, far more than I had thought I would. His light and breezy style seems superficial and flighty but turns out to capture and relate character, time and subject matter highly effectively. A forgotten book that deserves to be rediscovered ...more
Benjamin
I nearly gave up on this book after the first few pages, thinking the “confessions” were going to be an excuse for the retelling of a series of sexual encounters. However I picked it up again at a later date, and I am glad that I did, for it turned out to be something different altogether; an interesting story (in part autobiographical) of the writers sexual miss-function, and his attempts with the aid of his psychiatrist and others to overcome the problem. An insightful and warm novel that is ...more
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An author and playwright who wrote about the effect of AIDS on society and on his friends, then finally about his own expected death from complications of the disease. Member of the Violet Quill literary group that met from 1980-81.
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