Easing the Ache: Gay Men Recovering from Compulsive by Guy Kettelhack

By Guy Kettelhack

"An anthem of restoration that may be a beacon to someone who's a compulsive character" (Lambda e-book Report), EASING THE pain is the 1st booklet to handle the original wishes of homosexual males in restoration.

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He glances for the twentieth time at his reflection in the mirror above the bar. He looks pretty hot in his tank top. Pretty fucking hot. Very nice day this is. Very nice. Page 23 He gets the third drink freegood omen! He leaves before the bartender has a chance to see he hasn't left a tip. He's got more to do todayneeds his money, after all. It's now several hours later. Our wanderer has been to two other bars by nowone catering to a vague category of "leather and western," mostly potbellied men in their forties and fifties.

You might say, "What do you mean? ) In fact, those of us who've awakened to the unmanageability of our lives have done so on every rung of the descending ladder. It's especially clear to me from my experience researching this book that gay men are awfully good at maintaining the externals of their lives even when what's happening inside resembles dry rot. The Picture of Dorian Gray does not have such resonance for us for nothing. Although many of us find ourselves passed out in the gutter (and there have been, God knows, plenty of us down there), there are manyI would very tentatively speculate more, proportionately, than in the heterosexual populationwho've managed to hold on to some semblance of structure Page 34 and outward respectability.

He's got more to do todayneeds his money, after all. It's now several hours later. Our wanderer has been to two other bars by nowone catering to a vague category of "leather and western," mostly potbellied men in their forties and fifties. Our wanderer can't imagine why unattractive people just don't simply give up, go home, knit, or overdose on something. The second bar has a piano, little flickering pink lights, and a decidedly more flamboyant clientele. " Our wanderer joins in on Garland's anthem.

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