Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

Advisor's Name

Asher Milbauer

Date of Defense

2-24-2011

Abstract

TWISTED STRAIGHT is a 103,000 word memoir, which chronicles the author’s ten-year relationship to the ebullient, witty, but destructive woman he married, and their subsequent immersion in gay culture, specifically the circuit-party scene.

TWISTED STRAIGHT is set in the heyday of the gay circuit scene, and the 90s, the decade in which it became hip to be gay. It is a unique perspective on a sub-culture off limits to most heterosexual men. Just as importantly, the story describes a man’s search for himself, for a real connection with his electrifying but emotionally damaged wife, for a break from his past, and for meaning in a life buried deep beneath a lifestyle.

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