Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Good Karma, Good Books: Times Square Queer by Mykola Dementiuk

Every Wednesday, I put on my pimp clothes (zoot suits, feathered hats, platform shoes, and the like) and introduce you to something new and wonderful in the literary world. This week, I’m excited to shine a spotlight on Times Square Queer by Mykola Dementiuk


"Mykola's stories of ... the delights and depressions of young men living difficult lives in imperfect times... do a magnificent job of drawing us into the character's heads." --Bibrary Bookslut

Mykola's New York is "...very gritty, with a cosmopolitan impersonality about it; impersonal relationships, impersonal sex, and the-devil-take-the-hindmost ethos. [His work is] eagerly recommended." --Gerry B's Book Reviews 

"Mick Dementiuk writes stories of the day when Times Square was all about sex, drugs, and cold spit ... about coming of age inside the just-burgeoning hardcore movie houses of the 1960s. It's... vivid. Harsh, real, and yes, erotic." --Susie Bright


Here is a landmark book -- the first print publication of seventeen stories by Mykola Dementiuk, one of the most distinctive voices in queer literature. Sixteen were published individually as short ebooks; "Missy the Sissy" has never appeared anywhere before.

Included are: "On the Prowl," "Times Square Cutie," "Eighteen Today," "Trio At the Movies," "Love for Sale" and a dozen others. Times Square Queer also features a moving and penetrating personal introduction about growing up queer in the 1960s, amid the sleazy porn theaters and bars crowding Times Square that had become a gay mecca.


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