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Neurologist Oliver Sacks gained fame as a writer of clinical tales (The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Awakenings), sympathetic and revealing accounts of his patients’ tics, trials and torments. Awakenings was adapted as a film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, and brought Sacks considerable fame. But in this memoir, Dr Sacks’ subject is himself, and he proves to be more candid than ever before; a frankness encouraged by the knowledge of his terminal illness. He announced that he had cancer in February 2015, On The Move was published in May, and he died in late August. Even the cover image of his memoir is revealing. Sacks is best-known as a grey-haired, bearded, benevolent older man – but here he is in his youth, astride a motorbike in a leather jacket, butch and sexy. The memoir reveals that Sacks had a passion for motorbikes and took every opportunity to enjoy the exhilarating freedom of the road. He undertook an epic road trip across the USA, falling in with a group of truckers along the way. His other great obsession was bodybuilding and he hung with a crowd of bodybuilders at Muscle Beach. But the macho crowd he was drawn to did him no favours when it came to his sexuality. He was rejected by some of the men he fell for, but most devastating was his mother’s reaction when he revealed he was gay – “I wish you had never been born!” These early rejections played some part in Sacks choosing to live a very cloistered sex life for decades. He ended up spending 35 years celibate before forming a final, loving relationship with the writer Billy Hayes.

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DNA #191 is our Annual Swimwear Edition. Our cover model this month is Quinton Wynn. Check out his fun shoot with Hayden Su inside. For more fellas, check out the guys of Luke Austin’s new Beau Book, we have a Fire Island fling with Brandon Cole Bailey, beach boy Cory Frederick hits the seashore with Jorge Rivas, tattooed model Vince Ramos poses for West Phillips and beach bear Risan works his magic with photographer Leo Castro. There’s plenty of swimwear inside this issue. Check out the season’s hottest trends in our Swimwear Review of 2016. Our Grooming Guru Will Fennell is back and this month with a focus on monogamy and coconuts, we take a look at Cate Blanchett’s new film Carol, check out exciting new travel bookazine Elska, Siki Daha chats to us about his new music, we’re on the search for a folk hero and see awarding winning play Buyer and Cellar. For your serious reads, we meet a man who escaped certain death from ISIS and is now helping to save others from the brutality, check out indie flick Kiss Me Kill Me and how the 20th Century was influenced by Oscar Wilde and Robert Baden-Powell. We also check out why being intimate is healthy for you, Josh Piterman is our Straight Mate, plus all our regular favourites including Boys Toys, Month in a Minute, Loving, Dear Diva and Burntoast.