Gay Bar Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Gay Bar is a brilliantly evocative fusion of cultural criticism, history and memoir telling the story of the gay bar, arguably on the brink of extinction.
In the era of Grindr and same-sex marriage, gay bars are closing down at an alarming rate. What, then, was the gay bar? Set between Los Angeles, San Francisco and London, Gay Bar takes us on a time-traveling, transatlantic bar hop through pulsing nightclubs, after-work dives, hardcore leather bars, gay cafes and saunas, asking what these places meant to their original clientele, what they meant to the author as a younger man and what they mean now.
In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and as dazzling as a disco ball, Atherton Lin conjures the strobing lights and the throbbing music, the smell and taste of tangles of male bodies, the rough and tender anonymous encounters, the costumes and categories – twink, top, masc, queen, tweaker, tourist, voyeur, exhibitionist – all the while tracking the protean aesthetics of masculinity and gayness. Along the way, he invites us to go beyond the simplified gay bar liberation mythology of Stonewall and enter the many other battlefields in the war to carve out space in which to exist, express and love as a gay man.
Elegiac, sexy and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry into how we construct ourselves through the spaces we inhabit and an epic night out to remember.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 51 minutes|
|Author||Jeremy Atherton Lin|
|Narrator||Jeremy Atherton Lin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 March 2021|
|Publisher||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 46,698 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
16 in Gay Studies
98 in LGBTQ+ History
110 in LGBTQ+ Studies (Books)