The gay baths

Five pieces on the gay baths, with a couple pieces of commentary. Not explicitly about language, but with some observations of and about language and social interaction.

These things are a combo of fictobiography (remember the ficto- part; these pieces are crafted), hard-core gay porn, and participant-observer ethnography. Lord knows what you’d call the genre.

Almost all the names have been anonymized. “Arnold Zwicky” remains, but he’s a character in the stories and their narrator.

High Carnality Warning throughout.

Listed in the chronological order of the real-world events that served as the basis for the stories, not in the order in which they were written (the dates below are the dates on which revisions were posted on my X blog):

☛ 10/7/10: Seaside resort: Brighton 1977 stories, with gay baths in the middle
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/12761.html

☛ 8/26/10: Nostalgia for the baths: Washington DC, early ’80s
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/8953.html

☛ 8/30/10: The baths in a new world: San Jose, late ’80s/early ’90s, and Columbus, mid ’90s
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/9104.html

☛ 10/3/10: Superbowl Sunday (Part I): San Jose, 1996
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/11293.html

☛ 10/3/10: Superbowl Sunday (Part II)
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/11677.html

☛ 10/3/10: Superbowl Sunday: notes
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/11875.html

☛ 10/7/10: An anthropologist at the baths: San Jose, 2002
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/12222.html

☛ 10/7/10: Anthropologist at the baths: comments
http://arnold-x-zwicky.livejournal.com/12503.html

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