Jim Kepner: Jim Kepner was founder of the International Gay and Lesbian Archives, and co-founder of ONE Institute. A major pioneer of the Gay movement as well as a founder of Gay Studies, he died in 1997. His most recent book is ROUGH NEWS, DARING VIEWS: PIONEER GAY PRESS JOURNALISM IN THE 1950S, published by Haworth Press.
Most of the stories in this short story collection originally appeared in P.H. Colley's magazine, Chiron Rising, which focuses on plump older men. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, mostly dealing with hirsute, middle age men (that means ten to thirty years younger than I am, even if my self image remains younger than that) who are often plump, and are themselves turned on by men who are “well-aged beef.” While I have always found a wide range of men attractive, my taste has not caught up with my own increasing years and waist, which unhappily means that men who look much like me turn me off. But I was pleasantiy surprised at how satisfying these simple, erotic yarns were. Reading a few more of them might even shift my yearning away from the young pretty adult, trim and virile, and perk up my selfimage. Give them a try.
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