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THE BOOK GUY

What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?

Poor Arthur Less. The self-proclaimed ‘midlist homosexual’ of Andrew Sean Greer’s latest novel is getting dumped on from all sides. His ex-boyfriend of nine years, Freddy, is about to marry someone else, he’s just been let go by his publisher and, perhaps most tragically of all, he’s about to turn 50. Feeling unable to either refuse or accept the invitation to Freddy’s wedding, he instead opts for a Grand Tour of sorts.

He travels, for various reasons, to New York (author interview), Mexico (‘Una noche con Arthur Less’), Germany (teaching secondment), Morocco (friend-of-a-friend’s birthday) and, fi nally, Japan (cookery review), but it’s the story’s trips to Italy and France that are the most successful. Poking fun at the mid-tier literary awards circuit, Less fi nds himself nominated for a prestigious Italian prize that is, he discovers, ultimately judged by secondary school students. In Paris, he’s offered a later flight and by chance meets a married Spanish man; their encounter is beautifully touching, in a yearning, wistful Before Sunrise type of way.

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It’s our bumper Pride issue and we’ve got so much in store for you, we hardly know where to start! First up on our cover are the gorgeous Glória, Dublin’s lesbian and gay choir and star donators to our GCN30 exhibition Fundit campaign, who talk to us about being one great big alternative family. It’s appropriate, since the Dublin Pride theme this year is ‘We Are Family’ and in keeping we talk to groups of friends who consider each other kin, while Justin McAleese talks about our need for solidarity as the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting on Families excludes LGBT families. We remember the tragic murder of Declan Flynn, which sparked the first gay rights march in Ireland, and reflect on the situation facing LGBTs in Latin America, where brutal murders take place every day. We get educated on Intersex issues and talk to Minister Katherine Zappone about the governments LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, the first of it’s kind in the world. Plus Rupert Everett talks to us about his love for Oscar Wilde and growing older as a totally out actor. And that’s just the beginning of what’s on offer. Get reading now!
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