The University of Wisconsin Press

Fiction / Gay Interest


They Change The Subject
Douglas A. Martin

Terrace Books

Passionate encounters unfold like bits of film

Treacherously comic and poignant, the stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man's quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected emotional encounters—from an escort's dates in Manhattan hotels to a photo shoot that doubles as seduction. Always pushing toward a bigger shiver of passion, Martin's young-man-on-the-make learns how to adapt his persona to suit his lovers' needs and tries to embrace his own experience—and his self-by becoming the purest object of desire.

"Douglas Martin is a polished, inventive, soulful writer, and this collection is a short, sweet, full contemplation of desire and love."—Mack Friedman, author of Strapped for Cash

"Poet and novelist Martin is the literary equivalent of Morrissey—only he's not afraid to tell you what he wants."—Village Voice, praise for Outline of My Lover

Douglas A. Martin's first novel, Outline of My Lover, was nominated for the American Library Association's GLBT Book Award, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and named an international book of the year in the Times Literary Supplement. It has been adapted in part by the Ballett Frankfurt for the production Kammer/Kammer. The author of two collections of poetry, Martin currently teaches at New School University in New York.

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the cover of Martin's book is a photo illustration. A man with short cropped hair is sleeping on a pillow,  but its unclear whether he is sleeping, passed out, or dead.

September 2005
LC: 2005008264 PS
160 pp.    6 x 9

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ISBN 978-0-299-21474-6
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