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Briefly Told Lives

Briefly Told Lives

Short Stories

C. Bard Cole

St. Martin's Press

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In Briefly Told Lives, C. Bard Cole presents a wild panorama that sweeps from the urban gay ghetto to working class suburbia to the counter culture of punks and sex workers, a shockingly original view of lives lived on the edge of both straight society and the gay 'mainstream'. A broad tapestry in which conventional dividing lines begin to loose their fixed meaning, these characters spin their own master narratives, revealing lives rich in meaning and bought dearly through pain and compromise.

Intense and rewarding, Cole's debut collection exposes the complexities and contradictions of personal identity in a world devoid of grand truths and shared values. Briefly Told Lives is brash and insightful, bringing a very different, hidden world into the literary limelight.

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Mark Findlay
At age twenty-four, Mark Findlay was a part-time bartender at an Irish bar, Mike Riley's, on First Avenue in New York City's East Village. He worked Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Sunday afternoons, and Fridays as the secondary bartender...

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C. Bard Cole

C. Bard Cole is one of the leading literary figures to emerge from the queer punk movement on the 1990s. His fiction and cartoons have appeared in Holy Titclamps, Riotboy, Dirty, Boy Trouble, and queer zines, as well as in self-published chapbooks liked Tattoed Love Boys and Fag Sex in High School. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Men on Men 7 and Flesh and the Word 4. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, he attended Sarah Lawrence College and Parsons School of Design. He lives in the East Village in New York City.

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