Kamal Al-Solaylee’s memoir Intolerable affected me deeply. In engaging, clear-eyed prose, he traces a deeply personal story of coming out, coming of age, and coming to terms with the contradictory tensions of identity–all set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Middle East. Read more
Story tackles gay history during Nazi era
I found out recently that my story “When We Die” will be published in Descant magazine’s upcoming special issue on Berlin. “When We Die” is one of several stories I wrote while living in Berlin last spring during a fairly intense creative period. It’s one of the longer stories I’ve written, coming in at just under 8000 words, and weaves together the narratives of a Canadian in Berlin, his partner (a historian researching Nazi atrocities against gay men before and during the Holocaust), and a mysterious German researcher. Read more
How does the murder of a young boy change a city’s identity? And how do those who live through such a crime come to terms with the emotional and physical fallout in their own lives?