It’s starting to smell like penis in here.
Sorry, Charles Dickens. This may be the best first line of a book ever.
And it perfectly sets the scene for the raw, often hilarious look at the history of queer gathering places from the 1770s to present day in Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin.
The new release makes for a comprehensive investigation of one of the places we’ve all felt safest at some point in our lives. It’s eye-opening, shocking and bittersweet all at once, especially given the current state of LGBTQ bars in across the world.
Most of all, it’s a fantastic read thanks to some delightfully colorful prose.
And the perfect book to curl up with this very cold weekend ahead.
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$14.99 (Kindle); $28.00 (hardcover)