From Lavender Magazine, Minnesota’s GLBT Magazine
Book reviews by Richard Labonte
I Do: An Anthology in Support of Marriage Equality
edited by Kris Jacen
MLR Press, $14.99, 306 pages <--such a deal! Remember all proceeds to help fight Prop 8!
How swell that good intentions combine with entertaining writing. In the wake of California’s Prop. 8, which muddied the gay marriage waters, MLR Press donated the printing and 21 writers donated their talents to this anthology, all proceeds for the Lambda Legal fund. One surprise: All but one contributor (or, maybe, two) are women, though most of the stories are about men loving men, almost always realistically so. Among the manly standouts by women: Storm Grant’s “Lust in Translation,” about a night of sex between a vice cop and a waif plucked from a rainstorm. On the distaff side, Allison Wonderland’s “Holy Macaroni (and Cheese)” is a charming tale about two girls who grow up to be women in love. The odd man in is Jerry Wheeler, whose “Templeton’s in Love” is a memorably romantic story about two men reconnecting years after one left the other for a woman; by contrast, gender-ambiguous Marquesate’s “Code of Honour,” about two tough men who meet in the French Foreign Legion, is memorably intense. Stories are heat-rated, from “sweet” to “scorching”—a nice touch.http://www.lavendermagazine.com/this-issue/arts-and-entertainment/book-marks-14/
Thank you, Richard!