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I Like It Like That

True Stories of Gay Male Desire

edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel

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gay & lesbian, essays
list price: $18.95
published: 2009
publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Short-listed, Lambda Literary Award
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Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Shortlisted for a TLA Gaybie Award (Best Gay Erotica)

From the editors of the Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer come these intelligent, sexy, true-life tales of gay men's desire. The stories push at the parameters of queer erotic life, featuring contributors both novice and well-known; subject matter ranges from single, significant encounters to the ephemera of emotional desires that never lead to physical pleasure. Throughout, the book deals with the essential erotics of queer male life, to be used as a launching point for exploring the queer male condition: essays that delve into the diverse manifestations of desire between and among men.

I Like It Like That features smart, savvy writing about desire and sex. Unlike mainstream porn imagery that by default dominates our cultural (and therefore personal) references, contributors reach into the far reaches of memory to tell true tales about personal erotic space.

Contributors include Paul Bellini, Steven Bereznai, S. Bear Bergman, Daniel Allen Cox, Jameson Currier, Viet Dinh, Larry Duplechan, Daniel Gawthrop, Sky Gilbert, Aaron Hamburger, Shaun Levin, Steve MacIsaac, Tim Miller, Andy Quan, and Shawn Syms.

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Editorial Reviews

At once provocative and insightful ... a terrific collection - well-paced and wide-ranging.

— Front&Centre

Richard Labonté and Lawrence Schimel have become masters of the queer literary anthology. Between them, they have edited over 40 books of queer writing, much of it gay erotic fiction, winning numerous lit awards for their efforts.... Their latest, I Like It Like That, will not disappoint. An eclectic collection of tall tales of sex and sexual longing, the stories run the spectrum but remain consistent in quality. This is an enticing selection, one that makes you want to reread particular stories, and they've once again done the laudable thing of including queer household names (like Sky Gilbert and Paul Bellini) alongside relatively new writers and emerging stars (like Shuck author Daniel Allen Cox).
-Montreal Mirror

— Montreal Mirror

Hot but smart, passionate yet reflective, the collection presents work by both new and seasoned writers, delving deep into their erotic memories to tell true stories of sex and desire.

— Xtra!

[I Like It Like That] a reminder that virtual sex is best when it comes with a storyteller's skills, triggering your own memories of lust and love.... There's dizzying variety in these 34 entries.
-Jim Bartley, Xtra!

— Xtra!
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About the Authors

Richard Labonté

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Lawrence Schimel

Lawrence Schimel was born in New York in 1971. He graduated from Yale and now lives in Madrid, Spain. He writes in both Spanish and English, and has published over one hundred books in many different genres — poetry, fiction, essays, comics — for children and adults. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages, and he has won the Lambda Literary Award, among many other honors. His books ¿Lees un libro conmigo? and Igual que ellos / Just Like Them were both selected as one of IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities, and No hay nada como el original was a White Ravens selection.

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