LBB Book Club: Gay Men's Reading Group discusses Gay Bar

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

399 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
THIS BOOK GROUP MEETING IS BACK IN THE STORE! 
A virtual option is still available, EMAIL shane.m@left-bank.com for virtual meeting link.

Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton.

 

As gay bars continue to close at an alarming rate, a writer looks back to find out what’s being lost in this intimate, stylish, and indispensible celebration of queer history.

Strobing lights and dark rooms; throbbing house and drag queens on counters; first kisses, last call: the gay bar has long been a place of solidarity and sexual expression—whatever your scene, whoever you’re seeking. But in urban centers around the world, they are closing, a cultural demolition that has Jeremy Atherton Lin wondering: What was the gay bar? How have they shaped him? And could this spell the end of gay identity as we know it?

In Gay Bar, the author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today’s fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out—and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever. 

The journey that emerges is a stylish and nuanced inquiry into the connection between place and identity—a tale of liberation, but one that invites us to go beyond the simplified Stonewall mythology and enter lesser-known battlefields in the struggle to carve out a territory. Elegiac, randy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry, a love story and an epic night out to remember.

Event address: 
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Books: 
Gay Bar: Why We Went Out By Jeremy Atherton Lin Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780316458757
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 31st, 2022

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