Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor's Name

Les Standiford

First Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Lynne Barrett

Third 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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