Gay Bar | Granta

  • Published: 11/02/2021
  • ISBN: 9781783785827
  • Granta Books
  • 320 pages

Gay Bar

Jeremy Atherton Lin

Brilliantly written and incisive’ Colm Tóibín
‘An absolute tour de force’ Maggie Nelson

From leather parties in the Castro to Gay Liberation Front touch-ins; from disco at Studio One to dark rooms in Vauxhall railway arches, the gay bar has long been a place of joy, solidarity and sexual expression. But around the world, gay bars are closing. In the wake of this cultural demolition, Jeremy Atherton Lin rediscovers the party boys and renegades who lived and loved in these spaces.

Gay Bar is a sparkling, richly individual history of enclaves in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is also the story of the author s own experiences as a mixed-race gay man, and the transatlantic romance that began one restless night in Soho. Expansive, vivacious, curious, celebratory, Gay Bar asks: where shall we go tonight?

A brilliantly written and incisive account of gay life in Los Angeles, San Francisco and London... Atherton Lin's book is a history lesson, a travelogue, but it is also a display of a rich sensibility, a kind of autobiography using bars as its thread

Colm Tóibín, Guardian

I can't remember the last time I've been so happily surprised and enchanted by a book. An absolute tour de force

Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

Each page made me yearn for the dance floor and made me think about our need for queer spaces. I'm so glad that someone has written this definitive book about gay bars

Amelia Abraham, author of Queer Intentions

The Author

Jeremy Atherton Lin is an American-born essayist based in the United Kingdom. He has contributed to the Yale Review, the White Review, W, the Face, Literary Hub, Noon, Tinted Window, ArtReview and the Times Literary Supplement. He is an editor at Failed States, the journal of art and writing on place. His first book is Gay Bar (2021).

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