Later by Paul Lisicky


“Caesar hair cuts and calf muscles. The intimacy of using baby powder to peel your lover out of a latex go-go suit. Twin birthday parties where one b-day boy is clamoring for social currency and the other is cursing everybody from his wheelchair, bitter with HIV/AIDS. Lisicky invites readers into a vulnerable and intimate moment of discovery in his life—and the structures of supposed queer haven, Provincetown. A blunter and less romanticized look at sex than, say, Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness, but just as smart and human and needing. After all, this isn’t hedonism but a matter of LIVING with jüj despite everything the world throws at you. Accordingly, Lisicky is backhanded in his honesty, honest in his longing, and funny and sassy as hell. He can pin down other people’s inner workings as easily as breathing. He asks: what, really, is community and connection—what do we owe each other, as friends, as lovers, as queers? And of course, reader, he asks us to consider: who am I?

For further reading, check out T Fleischmann’s Time is the Thing a Body Moves Through and/or Closer to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz.”

– Mason

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A stunning portrait of community, identity, and sexuality by the critically acclaimed author of The Narrow Door

When Paul Lisicky arrived in Provincetown in the early 1990s, he was leaving behind a history of family trauma to live in a place outside of time, known for its values of inclusion, acceptance, and art. In this idyllic haven, Lisicky searches for love and connection and comes into his own as he finds a sense of belonging. At the same time, the center of this community is consumed by the AIDS crisis, and the very structure of town life is being rewired out of necessity: What might this utopia look like during a time of dystopia?

Later dramatizes a spectacular yet ravaged place and a unique era when more fully becoming one’s self collided with the realization that ongoingness couldn’t be taken for granted, and staying alive from moment to moment exacted absolute attention. Following the success of his acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door, Lisicky fearlessly explores the body, queerness, love, illness, community, and belonging in this masterful, ingenious new book.

Later by Paul Lisicky