According to the New York Times, Jeremy Atherton Lin has “a five-octave, Mariah Carey-esque range for discussing gay sex." It’s an accurate description, and it’s one of the many reasons his book GAY BAR: WHY WE WENT OUT is this month’s queer book club selection!
In GAY BAR, Atherton Lin embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today's fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out--and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever.