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Lewis DeSimone

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Lewis DeSimone is the author of the novels Channeling Morgan, Chemistry, and The Heart's History. His work has also appeared in Christopher Street, James White Review, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and the anthologies Charmed Lives: Gay Spirit in Storytelling, Best Gay Love Stories: Summer Flings, I Like It Like That: True Tales of Gay Male Desire, Second Person Queer: Who You Are (So Far), The Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. His contribution to the latter was highlighted on Salon.com and reprinted in Ganymede and Best Gay Stories 2010. He blogs regularly at lewisdesimoneblog.wordpress.com and can be reached through his Web site, www.lewisdesimone.com. He lives in Mi ...more

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Lewis DeSimone This summer I'm finally working my way through Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Ferrante portrays a beautifully realized world that, while unfamili…moreThis summer I'm finally working my way through Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Ferrante portrays a beautifully realized world that, while unfamiliar in its specifics, rings true on every page. The character of Lila, brilliant and frustrating, is as vivid and memorable as Bronte's Heathcliff or Joyce's Bloom. (less)
Lewis DeSimone Many years ago, I attended a memorial service for someone I had never met, the lover of a colleague from my office. I attend the memorial to pay my re…moreMany years ago, I attended a memorial service for someone I had never met, the lover of a colleague from my office. I attend the memorial to pay my respects to my friend, but the event inspired me in many ways. It was the first time I'd ever been to a service for someone who had died of AIDS, and I found myself surrounded by so many of his friends, all talking about someone who, to me, was a mystery man. I began to think about how we're all mysteries to one another, ultimately. Everyone had their own image, their own memories of this person I'd never known. Don't we all? Don't we all see one another through our own unique vision? In that moment, the central theme of "The Heart's History" was born: how tragic it is to lose someone before you feel confident that you've fully understood him. That phenomenon is particularly true when it comes to AIDS, which has taken from us so many people in their prime, just when they were getting to know themselves, let alone everyone else.(less)
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Pandemic Literature, Part 1

Like many people, I’ve become obsessed of late with learning about how previous generations survived pandemics and other events that threatened to change the world. I’ve compiled a reading list on the subject, because for me, novels are the best way to understand a culture and a way of life.

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