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Choire Sicha

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Choire Sicha's brilliant, enigmatic first book is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel. A voice from the future has found a trove of internet pages, apparently, and is piecing together life in a massive city on the eastern coast of this country from the vantage of J----- K-----, a sexually profligate gay reporter with a weekly newspaper (names have been redacted or changed to protect the innocent). It is a fable of money and sex in a city presided over by a Mayor (the richest man in town), who is running for an unprecedented third term, while a Blind Governor, who has taken office after his predecessor got caught paying for sex, tries to work through discoveries of his own extra-marital affairs.

Choire Sicha is a  longtime-editor of Gawker and founding editor of The Awl,  and his  style has become synonymous with hip, razor-sharp writing on the internet. His book raises the stakes while staying true to his tone: it is both a work of reportage and of internet-era historical pastiche, seamlessly weaving together first-person interviews and current events to present a surreal and sublime portrait of isolation, ambition, and attraction in New York City after the Wall Street crash of 2008.  This true-life fable of money, sex, and politics  is a narrative  that will help to  defamiliarize for readers what it is like to be gay and single in  one's twenties in New York.

Hardcover, 256 Pages, Published 2013


Author: Choire Sicha

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