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Flesh and the Word: An Anthology of Erotic Writing

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In an era of changing attitudes, this ground-breaking anthology offers an exciting selection of gay erotic writing from the early days of pulp paper and underground distribution to today's imaginatively provocative writing. While providing a fascinating look at the course of gay consciousness over the past fifty years, it also, most enthrallingly, offers the best sexually ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 17th 1994 by Plume (first published 1992)
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Danny Tyran
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, d-s, gay
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[These notes were made in 1993:]. You would not have believed the silly song-and-dance I went through with myself to get a copy of this anthology of sexually explicit short fiction about gay men. Determined not to cross the threshold of Glad Day myself (why? would I turn into a pumpkin?) I dropped mention of it into conversation with all my gay friends until eventually one took pity on me and gave it to me for Christmas. In the event, it proved only intermittently satisfying, and much of it was ...more
Nicolas Chinardet
Some of it is sexy, some of it is amusing, some of it is odd, some of it is well written, some of it is is not.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
To begin, I must let you know I have a bias towards anthologies, collections, and series of things. Besides, ya know, gay sex. Evidently I enjoyed most of the stories, and the straightforwardness of good ol porn while not always going straight for the head. My favorites were the oft-cited Blue Light by Steven Saylor's nick. The mix of intense power exchange, and the closest story i've seen that took on some supernatural theme had me completely hooked. Still, how far they went was kind of, like, ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the best parts are Preston's introductions to the sections. My favorites: Samuel M. Steward's "Correspondence with George Platt Lynes" fascinating, "Workout" by Roy F. Wood, "A Cowboy Christmas" by Lars Eighner, "The Shirt" by Robin Metcalfe, "Blue Light" from Steven Saylor as Aaron Travis [probably the scariest erotica ever written], "Belonging" by Pat Califa, "Safe Sex Without Condoms" by John Wagenhauser.
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John Preston wrote and edited gay erotica, fiction, and nonfiction.
He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, later living in a number of major American cities before settling in Portland, Maine in 1979. A writer of fiction and nonfiction, dealing mostly with issues in gay life, he was a pioneer in the early gay rights movement in Minneapolis. He helped found one of the earliest gay community centers