Gay Bar: Why We Went Out

Category: Book
By (author): Lin, Jeremy Atherton
  QUEER & TRANS / Non-Fiction
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: February 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
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From The Publisher*Jeremy Atherton Lin can't remember his first gay bar. When he tries, it unexpectedly sets him off on a time-travelling, transatlantic investigation into the fraught histories of the beloved and reviled institution. From the clone-filled discos of Hollywood in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s, from the chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today's fluid queer spaces, Gay Bar takes us on a journey through generations of gay men in the places they created and claimed. 

In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and as dazzling as a disco ball, Jeremy conjures the strobing lights and the throbbing music, the scent of tangled male bodies, the rough and tender encounters, the costumes and the categories-twink, daddy, basic gay, club kid, bear, muscle mary-all the while tracking the protean aesthetics of masculinity and gayness. He invites us to go beyond the simplified gay bar liberation mythology of Stonewall and enter the many other battlefields in the struggle to carve out a territory. Elegiac, sexy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry, a love story, and an epic night out to remember. 

Review Quote*"One of the best writers I've encountered, remaking the world sentence by immaculate sentence."-Olivia Laing, author of THE LONELY CITY and FUNNY WEATHER
Review Quote*"Like the hypnotic thumps of good house music, Jeremy Atherton Lin's voice pulses. Painstakingly researched and tenderly written, Gay Bar marks queer bars as sites of resistance and reinvention. I longed for nothing more than to club hop with him, to occupy the spaces between light and shadow, between love and desire, and to consume the night alongside him so that we might emerge wholly new."-Alex Espinoza, author of CRUISING: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
Review Quote*"Jeremy Atherton Lin prefers his bars risky rather than cozy, and the book he has built in their name honours that inclination. A brilliant, exhilarating juxtaposition of memoir, social history, architectural analysis, shoe-leather geography and more penises than you can shake a stick at, it is, as much as anything else, a study of the intersection between sexuality and identity, encoded and made concrete in space and place. Passionate, wry, funny, clear-eyed, romantic, skeptical, randy, bold, celebratory and stinky, often all at once."
Biographical NoteJeremy Atherton Lin was raised in California and now lives in London, where he studied writing at the Royal College of Art. Jeremy's work has been published in the White Review, Tinted Window and the Times Literary Supplement, and he has been short-listed for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. He is an editor at Failed States, a journal of art and writing on place.