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Into? A Novel

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Less than Zero with an Instagram account

Konrad Platt needs to get out of town. Heartbroken after his boyfriend leaves him for another man, Konrad abandons his life in London for the warm sun and blue surf of LA. He occupies a refined world of hard abs, VIP parties, and designer drugs that’s constantly, endlessly documented on social media. You know him from your various feeds – sunkissed, gym ripped and always having a better time than you. Or is he?

In Into? North Morgan shines a coolly mesmerizing light on the modern generation of gay men that are living firmly outside the closet, freed from the shadow of AIDS and elevated by popular culture, but plagued by a new set of problems, insecurities and self-destructions.

Beneath the perfectly curated Instagram profile is a man spiraling out of control and desperate for meaningful connection. As Konrad goes from gay bar to gay pride, and swipes right from bed to bed, North Morgan spins a story in brutal, addictive prose of excess and love that’s like nothing you’ve ever read.

Hardcover, 304 pages, 2018.

Recommended and reviewed by Graeme Aitken

"Many of the characters who appear in this novel are ‘the fitness models’ or ‘underwear models’ or aspirants who feature so prominently in DNA magazine or on the DNA website and social media. Into? opens very strongly with it’s sharp witty observations on contemporary gay life in the Instagram age and all of the narcissism that inspires. ‘We are gays living in big metropolitan areas heavily involved in the scene. We all know each other. We all have big muscles and violent abs and handsome faces and lots of disposable income and innumerable sexual partners, each one hotter than the last. We adopt variations of heteronormative looks (some of us are bros, some of us are jocks, some of us are simply worked-out guys-next-door), which we document incessantly on Facebook, Instagram, and all your other surrounding news feeds and timelines’. 

The main character Konrad Platt is devastated when Brett, his boyfriend of four years, dumps him for Frank (who also has a boyfriend) and who Konrad once had a hookup with! In a medicated haze of Vicodin, Xanax, and Valium, Konrad abandons his life in London and moves to L.A. where his father lives with his new family. He works loosely for his father’s wealth management company, but in reality spends most of his time popping pills, going to the gym, and finding new guys to date or hookup with via Facebook, Instagram, Grindr or Snapchat. Konrad’s heartache is eased somewhat by all the hot straight guys he can obsess over at his new gym. He quickly works out their training schedules so he can turn up at the same time. These ‘bros’ perform butch, careless acts such as pissing at the urinal while eating sunflower seeds or ordering pizza while performing ab crunches, which make Konrad swoon and fall even more deeply in lust with them. Meanwhile, Konrad does his best to adopt the same bro look and swagger ‘going to the gym every day in a backward baseball cap supporting a sports team that I’ve never seen play’. North Morgan has a sharp satirical eye and clearly knows the world he documents so intimately and candidly. The sex lives and drug use of Konrad, his friends and hookups are often excessive and sometimes beggar belief, but make for absolutely compelling reading. The style is strongly reminiscent of Bret Easton Ellis, although the advent of social media brings a whole new dimension to the narcissism of the characters. It’s truly a great subject for a gay-themed novel and North Morgan does a very fine job exploring it. Although after 200 pages it does start to feel a little repetitive, nor did it build to any distinguishable climax - although there are certainly a great abundance of sexual climaxes! Nevertheless, it remains a witty and thoroughly compelling exploration of the musc masc generation of gay men today!" 

 

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