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my (our) books

Fool for Love When You Don't See Me

Someone Like You I'm Your Man

He's The One It Had To Be You

The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica Best Gay Erotica 2007

Best Gay Love Stories: New York City Best Gay Love Stories 2005

Three Fortunes In One Cookie The Deal

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If you have any of the above books and would like them signed, mail them to:

P.O. Box 131845, Houston, TX., 77219.

Please include three dollars for return postage.

Send email to timothyjlambert@gmail.com


Warning: This blog may contain homosexuals which in the states of California and Maine have been alleged to destroy the sanctity of marriage. Read at your own risk.



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In my last entry I mentioned that Becky and I were supposed to induct Stephen McCauley into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame, but he had to leave the festival early and we didn't get to read our speech about him. Because we adore him and his work, we thought we'd post what we would've said about Stephen McCauley.



Timothy: Stephen McCauley grew up outside of Boston, attended the University of Vermont and studied for a year in France. After graduating, he worked at hotels, kindergartens, ice cream stands, and health food stores. He also taught yoga, cleaned houses, and worked as a travel agent. After enrolling in the writing program at Columbia University, he began working on The Object of My Affection.

When I was a questioning teenager in rural New England, long before Al Gore invented the Internet, I had to actively search for queer culture. The books that I found at that time were brilliant but were also written with heavy hands. During a jaunt to Boston, I found The Object of My Affection displayed prominently on the shelves of a GLBT bookstore. The very first page--when George, uncomfortable with the fact that his friend, Nina, walked into their apartment and announced that she’s pregnant, apologizes and says, “We’re out of catsup” made me giggle. That, and the fact that Mr. McCauley had a fantastic head of hair in his author photo compelled me to purchase the book immediately. Normally the books I read have dog-eared pages, the corners flipped down every few chapters to mark where I stopped reading. My pages in my copy of The Object of My Affection remain unfolded, because it’s a book I never want to put down no matter how many times I revisit it. I always think of McCauley’s characters as realistic and easy to relate to. As a teenager, I could easily see myself growing to be someone like George: restless, unsure, and searching for comfort. I related to him so much that I immediately broke up with my girlfriend at the time.

Becky: In addition to writing, Stephen has taught and lectured at Brandeis University, Harvard, Wellesley, and the University of Massachusetts. Having gotten a glimpse of his teaching skill in his master class on Friday, it’s not surprising that he’s won several teaching awards in the United States, as well as awards for his novels in France. He’s been a writer in residence at writers' colonies in New York, Illinois, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

Unlike Timothy, I was never a young gay man, but I was an avid reader whose first introduction in the 1990s to what is termed “gay fiction” were post-Stonewall novels dealing with an emerging urban gay culture, and most particularly, novels addressing the AIDS epidemic. I appreciated all those amazing books, but it wasn’t until I read my first Stephen McCauley novel, The Easy Way Out, that I discovered a masterful literary world that more closely resembled the one I knew: unapologetically gay men whose lives were defined less by their sexual orientation than by how they negotiated their way through a sometimes maddening mixture of family, friends, and coworkers. I had to adore a narrator who endured his best friend and business partner using his desk to pull dead skin off her feet while chain-smoking--which is not a commentary on Timothy--except maybe the chain-smoking.

McCauley’s richly textured characters from The Object of My Affection and The Easy Way Out, along with those from his later novels, The Man of the House, True Enough, and Alternatives to Sex, became friends I can visit any time I open one of his novels. I’m delighted to join with Timothy in inducting their creator, Stephen McCauley, into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame.

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