Synopses & Reviews
From the foreword by Felice Picano
This volume makes no attempt to rival those gay travel guides that already exist. It is something different, far more intriguing: a collection of stories that aim at being what Herman Melville deemed an inside narrative. That is, what being a gay man in a foreign land really feels like, smells like, tastes like, and hurts like. The voices here might be likened to those of friends sitting around a dinner table the night before your journey who provide you with insights and warnings that only later do you discover add infinitely to your excursion.
Table of ContentFelice Picano Foreword
Lucy Jane Bledsoe Preface
Spain Brian Bouldrey Pilgrim's Regress
Beijing Philip Gambone Invading Their Space
Olympia Darieck Scott Ride of the Centaurs
Tangier Joe Orton Tangier Diary
California Rondo Mieczkowski Bodies in Motion
India Adam Klein A Desert Shade
Israel Hanns Ebensten First Night in the Promised Land
Berlin and beyond Edmund White Shopping
Central Africa Cary Alan Johnson Obi's Story
Mexico City Andrew Holleran Sleepless in Mexico
Sacramento Michael Nava Journey to 1971
Tobago Achim Nowak Jungle Fever 138
Russia David Tuller Broken Romance
Barcelona Erasmo Guerra La Placa Reial
Indiana Michael Lowenthal Sand Niggers and a Tallboy Bud
Paris James Baldwin Equal in Paris
Capri and beyond Paul Monette A One-Way Fare
Gay writers reveal stories of their travels in these sixteen literary pieces set around the world. Here are close calls, perfect moments, unusual and erotic encounters, personal discovery, cultural exchange (and collision), and disastrous trips.
Edmund White tours via the memorabilia he and his partner gathered far and wide, Brian Bouldrey walks into Spain without a single peseta and into a second life, and fever and song mingle for Adam Klein in India. Many of the stories appear in print here for the first time.
Encompassing travel in the U.S. and abroad, Gay Travels captures the essence of travel for gay men by some of the finest contemporary writers. Regardless of their destination, gay travelers can find in this volume the perfect traveling companion.