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Between London and Los Angeles, the gym and the gay scene, Instagram and Grindr, what it means to be a gay man has never been so bisected. North Morgan's third novel moves beyond the confines of fiction to examine how homosexuality's acceptance into society has created a new breed of demons for a generation of men born as outsiders yet living at the forefront of popular cu ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Limehouse Books
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Chase
Sep 20, 2019 added it
North Morgan's (2016) novel Love Notes to Men Who Don't Read provides a not-so-elaborate, but entirely parodic, examination of affluent, white gay-male life in the metropoles of the Western world. Seeking a tongue-in-cheek response, Morgan begs the reader(s) to open their eyes to the contemptuous nature of those part-time employed, luxury-leaning, circuit-party bound gym bunnies who seem to occupy the spotlight of the gay imaginary. He goes as far as to suggest that the narrator - a laughable an ...more
Ryan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I stayed up late last night to finish this book, though I'm still not entirely sure where I stand with it. I've followed Morgan on Instagram for almost a year now and I can't decide if pulling back the curtain to gain some insight into the Gods of Instagram world is one that is healthy or it just makes my disdain for these men grow.

This narrative is odd as it acts as a Bat signal projected directly into the ground or a lighthouse marooned in the middle of a desert' it's a whisper for help in a
...more
Mason Neil
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is pessimism branded as brave honesty, but I wonder to what end. It was repetitive and a bit lazy, and the typos killed me. I don't regret reading it, but certainly finished it feeling uninspired. ...more
Lucas Lanza
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Um relato (talvez autobiográfico?) interessante sobre a comunidade gay nos dias atuais, de aplicativos de pegação, heteronormatividade, obsessão com a forma física e objetificação alheia. Tem momentos realmente interessantes, de fácil identificação - quem lê acaba reconhecendo um pouco de si mesmo ou de algum conhecido -, com ironia e sarcasmo muito bem afiados. O estilo do autor já foi comparado ao de (na real, acusado de imitar) Bret Easton Ellis por conta de um blog que manteve no fim dos ano ...more
Simon P
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. I'm so impressed with this novel by North Morgan on a number of counts.

1. I feel like if he hadn't ended the book himself after 250-odd pages, I would never stop reading it.

2. The main character is completely deplorable and yet you root for him. He is awful and yet so sympathetic.

3. I have no idea what a gay scene anywhere is like, but I did used to work out in the downtown YMCA in Minneapolis, and this is hugely familiar, i.e. I think this is probably a really accurate por
...more
K.G. Delmar
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Gotta say I'm a little baffled. As far as I can tell, this book is identical to Morgan's 2018 release, "Into?" And I'm not being hyperbolic, it's apparently the same book with a different title and cover design. I'm assuming this is some kind of different release for a different international market type of thing, though I could be wrong. I will say that that's the version of this that I read, so take this review with a grain of salt.

But that's not an objective issue. This book just felt kinda t
...more
Carnelian Moss King
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was recommended this book by someone who I greatly admire, and read through the whole thing despite how painful it was to read. This read like a trashy romance novel without any plot. This was only marginally entertaining.
Like a vapid soap opera. There was not a page that didn’t say, “and then I went to the gym”
If I was trying to be nice I would say that this is a short glimpse of a life and that his experience was equally valid,
That people who are lonely and desperate can find solace in the
...more
Eric Rietveld
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This could have been a delightful, introspective examination of gay life and the effects there on of social media and dating apps. Alas. The abundance of typos (I couldn’t figure out if they were intentional or not—not sure which is worse) ruined it for me.
Gregory
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really wanted to put this book down but just because I didn’t want it to end.

It’s witty and sad and hilarious and oh so close to home sometimes and vulnerable and lovely and horrid and everything you can want in a book.

10s across the board.
Brian McDermott
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love you. I hate you. But mostly I want to marry you. And I want you to leave me notes in the morning. Can we fuck?
Guy Beaudin
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The style is unconventional but never short of compelling. A unique perspective on a slice of gay life in contemporary America. Provocative and engaging, but mostly funny and entertaining.
Damien
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
It has some great bits here and there but in the end it's the same old story with the same kind of guy and the same cliches ...more
albin james
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel sad and inept and disappointed and foolish....
Phillip
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brutal takedown and/or hilarious parody of contemporary gay gym and hookup culture.
Todd
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not quite sure how to process a book that makes me feel less alone due to relating to the utter loneliness of Konrad. But that's probably the brilliance... ...more
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