Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps

Pulp Friction Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps Long before the rise of the modern gay movement an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post World War II era Cultural

  • Title: Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps
  • Author: Michael Bronski
  • ISBN: 9780312252670
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post World War II era Cultural critic Michael Bronski collects a sampling of these now little known gay erotic writings some by writers long forgotten, some never known and a few now famous Through them,Long before the rise of the modern gay movement, an unnoticed literary revolution was occurring, mostly between the covers of the cheaply produced pulp paperbacks of the post World War II era Cultural critic Michael Bronski collects a sampling of these now little known gay erotic writings some by writers long forgotten, some never known and a few now famous Through them, Bronski challenges many long held views of American postwar fiction and the rise of gay literature, as well as of the culture at large.

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    1. I first heard of this book through , but I never expected to have it turn up in my local used bookstore. But, be honest, could you resist this cover if you found It on the shelf instead of that copy of Agnes Grey?Michael Bronski argues that while postwar America straitened its laces and filed into regimented suburbs fiction with gay themes and subjects became ever-more prominent, first in literary circles and, audience proven, in the burgeoning pulp market. He gives a good overview of gay fictio [...]

    2. A very readable anthology, criticism, and bibliography of nearly unknown works of gay literature from 1940-1970s. Highly recommended for collectors and general readers, too, for the lengthy excerpts from featured works. The Appendix, listing all the works known to Bronski for this interval year-by-year, along with a relevant sentence or two for each, is worth the price of the book itself, especially for collectors.

    3. PULP FRICTION - Gay pulps- before and after Stonewall- are universally acknowledged for fantastic color images. I am hoping for an art book one day that will offer full sized high quality covers. There is a lot of material covered here briefly. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis this book doesn’t do that. Pulp Friction: Uncovering the Golden Age of Gay Male Pulps by Michael Bronski

    4. I loved this book but it took me many years to read it. I would start it and read a section and that would list ten other books I wanted to read and then I'd have to stop to read them. When I finally got this book in Kindle I was able to finish it, only stopping to read two pulps in the middle. The great thing about this book is that it got me into the whole gay pulp phenomenon that I didn't even know existed before I read this book. The book is a wonderful gateway into a lost world of gay life [...]

    5. The book is a sometimes interesting, sometimes dull look at a neglected area of gay literature. The main thing about the provided selections that surprised me is how modern and non-judgmental some of them were. Several of the stories (especially the pornier ones) depict gay life (and sex) as normal, healthy, and enjoyable. Other selections that leaned a bit more toward higher literary aspirations even intrigued me enough to want to seek out the original novels ("Song of the Loon" is one example) [...]

    6. At first, I was a little disappointed with Pulp Friction. I was hoping for more of a historical perspective on gay pulps, and while there is a little of that, the book is much more anthology than historical exegesis. I got over that once I discovered how thoroughly entertaining the pulp novels themselves are. Bronski only gives glimpses of the novels, but he curates which portions to reprint exceedingly well. They give a give of the general plot and usually involved a sex scene, but they also ab [...]

    7. The sociology and socio-literary history in here is interesting, but hardly exhaustive. There are excerpts from representative novels mentioned but over all the book feels "lite". There's a bit of hard porn excerpted, but the most interesting parts are the way men and their interactions are portrayed and how different the social codes were in different eras. There is also the sad evolving of an understanding of homosexuality in the context of its historical marauders: the Church, psychoanalysis, [...]

    8. Although some of these excerpts made for interesting (occasionally quite horny!) reading, I do think what would've made it even more enjoyable is that the front covers of the books should've been shown too! After all, surely that's what first seduced the would-be gentle reader's gaze.Some of the stories were terrific and I'd love to read the entirety of 'Gay Revolution'by Mr Miller, a witty take on 'Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers' seen from the view-point of the pod-people, only here 'pod' is re [...]

    9. I wish he could've given us more than excerpts, but even those are interesting since these books are getting so hard to find. The commentary is excellent too, there's not a ton of scholarship on pulp, so Bronski is summarizing the history in a readable way but also offering details I hadn't found in any other book on the subject. I also love that he chose excerpts displaying both porn and politics, because they're intertwined in this genre.

    10. The tagline reads, "Uncovering the golden age of gay male pulp novels" This collection of excerpts from a variety of stories, is somewhat interesting in the fact that they are prefaced with an interesting introduction that attempts to place it in it's proper place in history. Having read the book, I realized that I now find reading passages of graphic sexual activity, strait or gay to be incredibly boring. I found myself skipping over several pages.

    11. I enjoyed this more than I expected to! Not all of the authors sampled here were gifted writers, but since the excerpts were only a chapter or two, they were still interesting as examples of various points the editor wanted to make. I totally want to find a copy of the pulp novel "Gay Revolution," about a scientist who discovers a drug that turns everyone gay and puts it in drinking water all over the world. The chapter included here was marvelous!

    12. A great, saucy compilation. I've always wanted to start collecting these old gay pulps, but they're (a) hard to find, and (b) expensive when you do. So this is a fair compromise, and with interesting context provided by the editor.

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