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They Change the Subject

They Change the Subject
Author: Douglas A. Martin
ISBN 13: 9780299214746
ISBN 10: 299214745
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2005-06-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
List Price: $17.95

Treacherously comic and poignant, the autobiographical stories in They Change the Subject follow a young man’s quest for identity through love and desire. Sustained by a single voice, the stories simultaneously offer a fractured novel and stand, powerfully, on their own. At the center of each tale is the heightened, visceral possibility of unexpected emotional encounters—from an escort’s dates in Manhattan hotels to a photo shoot that doubles as seduction. Always pushing toward a bigger shiver of passion, Martin’s young-man-on-the-make learns how to adapt his persona to suit his lovers’ needs and tries to embrace his own experience—and his self—by becoming the purest object of desire.