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A Day and a Night at the Baths By Michael Rumaker,

  • Title: A Day and a Night at the Baths
  • Author: Michael Rumaker
  • ISBN: 9780912516448
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction LGBT Studies Originally published by Grey Fox Press in 1979, Triton Books, the new imprint of Spuyten Duyvil, restores this classic novel to print with a new introduction by the author Rumaker an original prose creator of great shamed heroic sensitivity has taken up his pen again to describe a hidden psychological physical reality As an old sex fiend froFiction LGBT Studies Originally published by Grey Fox Press in 1979, Triton Books, the new imprint of Spuyten Duyvil, restores this classic novel to print with a new introduction by the author Rumaker an original prose creator of great shamed heroic sensitivity has taken up his pen again to describe a hidden psychological physical reality As an old sex fiend from the baths myself I m grateful relieved to see thru his eyes and feel thru his body Allen Ginsberg.
    A Day and a Night at the Baths Fiction LGBT Studies Originally published by Grey Fox Press in Triton Books the new imprint of Spuyten Duyvil restores this classic novel to print with a new introduction by the author Rumaker

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    1. Michael Rumaker s A Day and a Night at the Baths The Baths is an evocative narrative of a gay man s first trip to the Everard Baths, a realm of, grime and sweat and steam and chlorine, on a cold winter day in the 1970s The sweeping, poetic prose Rumaker employs throughout the piece echoes the courageous language of the then nascent Gay Liberation movement After all, this was the 1970s, when there were so few unrestricted havens, no ports free of the contaminating fathers for gay men to meet, get [...]

    2. This is nearly pornography only perhaps through the author s command of language does it become obvious after you read a passage several times that no, it s not quite pornographic, it s much closer to literature And while certainly it may be possible for some people to use it as an assistance in a masturbatory act, I would suggest that there are magazines or even tv shows better suited for such desires This book really is not intended for a younger audience, and I would object to providing it to [...]

    3. A rush of intoxicating description Rumaker s description of the baths in pre HIV america is intelligent, poetic, real and mythic as record and a tribute to a queer culture being born.

    4. Quite a trip First published in 1977, this book is a first person, fictional account of a pre AIDS day and night in a New York gay bath house Poetic and graphic Well detailed Maybe a bit too obscure or maybe a bit too surreal at times But insightful A broad picture of going to the baths in those pre AIDS days Not everyone s cup of tea.

    5. Having just finished the book, the first word that comes to mind is excessive It s too lyrical to be considered pornography, too sexually raw and explicit to be seen as fine erotica Although fictional, perhaps it s best to see it as a testament to an era in gay history when baths served as the place of exploration and self discovery, the liminal place of both ultimate vulnerability and empowerment Rumaker sings an ode to these squalid, smelly, dingy establishments, but one can t fail to recogniz [...]

    6. There is very little literature on this topic, and as brief as it was, it was certainly an enlightening read.

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