By Dennis Cooper

“[A] great, triumphantly lurid author in addition to a supremely proficient, dependent stylist whose prose is sensible and nervy. He may additionally be the final literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction.” —Bret Easton Ellis

Internationally acclaimed author Dennis Cooper keeps to review the cloth he is consistently explored truthfully, yet does so now—in stories—with a feeling of understanding and a satirical contact that exploits and winks at his mastery of this international. because it has performed for many years, Cooper’s taut, managed prose lays naked the compulsions and troubling vacancy of the human soul.

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Mackerel: Empathically. That’s the word I was looking for. Josh’s boyfriend: Break it down. Mackerel: Love without sex. Josh’s boyfriend: Whoa. Just hold on a minute. What the hell are you saying? This is so early Edmund White. You’re far too young to remember him. He wrote novels. Do you know what novels are? 34 UGLY M A N Mackerel: Was Edmund White like Proust? Please say yes. Josh’s boyfriend: Yes. Not that I’ve read Proust. Like all gay guys, I haven’t read a novel since 1994. Mackerel: I’m too good for you.

Look it up. Plus I’m psychic and you’re not. Truth. You: Okay, we have enough heroin in our pockets to kill you a hundred times over. And clean works. Mackerel: Duh. He points to his temple. Mackerel: I’m a psychic, you remember? But don’t you wish this were a loaded gun? You (thoughtfully): Hm. Mackerel: I don’t like the sound of that. You: Us neither. Even thirteen-year-olds get old apparently. Who’d have thought? Mackerel: Then give me all your heroin. God, I hate fags. We’re all manipulative and shit.

He divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris. com for exclusive information on your favorite HarperCollins author. ALSO BY DENNIS COOPER Closer Frisk Wrong Try The Dream Police Guide Period My Loose Thread The Sluts God, Jr. The Weaklings Credits Designed by Justin Dodd Copyright ASH GRAY PROCLAMATION. Copyright © 2009 by Dennis Cooper. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non-exclusive, nontransferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen.

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