Ringing in the New Year with Consent

According to the third edition of The Mann Dictionary of Savage Intimacy, consent is defined as “compliance in expectation of being ravished while bound.”  Lauded by both the National Leather Association-International and Lambda Literary Awards, Mann writes stories—perhaps even true tales—that produce dangerous levels of testosterone, vigor, and seminal fluids.  But the author’s favorite trophies do not hang on the

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WRITING ABOUT HERCULES

Earlier this year, in response to a call for submissions, I wrote “Eromenoi Herakleos,” a short story about the Greek hero Hercules.  A classics professor at Virginia Tech helped me with the title:  it’s Greek for “Hercules’ boyfriends.”  In such relationships in classical Greece, the eromenos (“the beloved”) was the

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Literary Festivals

LITERARY FESTIVALS IN 2016:  COLUMBIA, CHARLOTTESVILLE, AND NEW ORLEANS I spoke at three enjoyable literary festivals in the first half of 2016. In February, I drove down to Columbia, South Carolina, for the inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival.  On the 20th, I spoke on two panels.  In one, “War Stories,”

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