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Gary Indiana has written seven novels (including Rent Boy and Horse Crazy) and as many nonfiction works, but this is his first memoir. It documents his life in a free-wheeling, non-chronological manner and concentrates on two main periods: as a young man in late-1960s California, where he became entangled with a porn filmmaker named Ferd, and his home-away-from-home in Cuba, where he has lived on and off for 15 years. The prime attraction of Cuba is the men and the sex. He describes a place he calls Porno Beach: “Rent boys… spend their days there, promoting fantastic endowments against a majestic backdrop of foaming surf and azure skies, wearing the least possible excuses for bathing suits, often improvised from see-through materials”. Indiana is extremely candid about his sex life and halfway through the book he boasts of possessing “an unusually tight asshole” and that he gives fantastic head, which is undoubtedlyh the secret to his success. He details both the highs (the carnal bacchanal in Cuba and his relationship with Mastiu, a sexually voracious deaf-mute) and the lows (being raped at knifepoint by a Hells Angel and also the brutal loss of his anal virginity at age 19 when Ferd pimped him out to their landlord when the rent was overdue). Gary Indiana has clearly run with an interesting crowd and luminaries such as Janis Joplin and Susan Sontag crop up in his reminiscing. He does not recall Sontag fondly. Apparently she expropriated her friends’ discoveries, was “unflaggingly rude to waiters, cab drivers, hotel clerks” and “cultivated people she privately held low opinions about, if they were famous enough.” Indiana’s candour throughout is refreshing, especially as he doesn’t sugar coat his own failings and foibles.

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