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Vertical Intercourse

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Here, with Vertical Intercourse, comes Paul Reed's long-awaited third novel, a stunning, stylish, and deeply moving tale of nine friends. Set in San Francisco - with all the haunting lyricism for which Reed is known - this novel examines the beauty of romance, the challenges of relationships, and confrontations with the past. As the novel opens, the narrator is meeting wit ...more
Unknown Binding, 201 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Black Books
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Keith
Jun 13, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
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I was quite impressed with this book. But there is one caveat to that, was all the kavetching, bitching the narrator did at the beginning of the book about anything and everything in his life and the lives of his friends. Honestly, I wanted to slap him and say, "snap out of it"! Thankfully through therapy, meds and wise friends he grows into a strong and more self-assured human being.

Also, on page 129 the narrator explains quite poignantly, honestly & realistically what I have always felt (a
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Jul 10, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
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Written about two years before the author's death from AIDS, this novel is packed full of his own history, experiences, and advice to his survivors. As such, it commands respect, but at times it is pedantic and judgmental, especially towards the city life of San Francisco. I was quite distracted by his criticism of the homeless.

The lyrical descriptions of the varied weather, moods, and locales of the city are the best parts of the book, followed by his sane and reasonable opinions on gay relatio
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He was born Paul Hustoft to Sigurd William and Melva Hustoft in San Diego, California on May 28, 1956. Reed, whose biological father died when he was five months old, also had a sister, Karen Hustoft, and a stepfather, who was a Baptist preacher. Reed legally changed his last name in 1969.

As a child and adolescent, Reed studied the organ and harpsichord, and as an adult, he obtained a B. A. in Soc
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