Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

Book - 2012
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Like his legendary Hogg, The Mad Man, and the million-seller Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany's major new novel Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders - explicit, poetic, philosophical, and, yes, shocking - propels readers into a gay sexual culture unknown to most urban gay men and women, a network of rural gay relations - with the twist that this one is supported by the homophile Kyle Foundation, started in the early 1980s by a black multi-millionaire, Robert Kyle III, to improve the lives of black gay men. In 2007, days before his seventeenth birthday, Eric Jeffers' stepfather brings him to live with his mother, who works as a waitress in the foundering tourist town of Diamond Harbor on the Georgia coast. In the local truck stop restroom, on his first day, Eric meets nineteen-year-old Morgan Haskell, as well as half a dozen other gay men who live and work in the area. The boys become a couple, and for the next twenty years labor as garbage men along the coast, sharing their lives and their lovers, learning to negotiate a committed open relationship. For a decade they manage a rural movie theater that shows pornographic films and encourages gay activity among the audience. Finally, they become handymen for a burgeoning lesbian art colony on nearby Gillead Island, as America moves twenty years, forty years, sixty years into a future fascinating, glorious, and-sometimes-terrifying future.
Publisher: New York, NY : Magnus Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781936833146
Characteristics: 804 p. ; 23 cm


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Sep 08, 2017

My favorite book ever. Packed by ideas and pornography and a fuller notion of liberty than any but the finest science-fiction writers have managed to assume. On the shelf it stands between The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Go Tell it on the Mountain.

Aug 04, 2014

Main character is a coprophage, and I suspect the author is also a coprophage.
Up to page 58, 90% of the lines written are devoted to the oral consumption of various human effluvia, with the majority devoted to the eating of feces.
This is not a sexual kink. This is a severe and very threatening mental illness. The reason you haven't gotten to meet any actual coprophages is that the habit is so unhealthy that unless someone is institutionalized they can die very quickly from any number of easily-avoidable diseases, from cholera to gangrene to peritonitis. They can also be incubators of diseases and threaten anyone downwind or downstream of them and what horrors might be flowing out of them.
If the author is not actually institutionalized, he might need to be.


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