Ash Gray Proclamation by Dennis Cooper

By Dennis Cooper

“[A] wonderful, triumphantly lurid author in addition to a supremely proficient, dependent stylist whose prose makes sense and nervy. He may also be the final literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction.” —Bret Easton Ellis

Internationally acclaimed author Dennis Cooper maintains to review the cloth he is constantly explored truthfully, yet does so now—in stories—with a feeling of information and a satirical contact that exploits and winks at his mastery of this international. because it has performed for many years, Cooper’s taut, managed prose lays naked the compulsions and troubling vacancy of the human soul.

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What does it mean? Josh’s boyfriend: It means you’re the ultimate twink. That’s why we all keep rimming you. You’re God. Enjoy. Mackerel: But you don’t fistfuck God. Josh’s boyfriend: Says who? Mackerel: The Bible. Josh’s boyfriend: You don’t have a Bible yet. You have to die first. I promise you it’ll be Proustian, whatever that means. I’ll buy a thesaurus, whatever that is. I’ll put in lots and lots of sex so gay guys will buy it. I’ll make you look like whomever you want. Name it. Mackerel: Okay, who’s the cutest boy in the world?

Because you exist in the rational 26 UGLY M A N world, you have to watch his perfect ass fade away into the background and form a disconsolate circle jerk. The sky over Arkansas picks up on your vibes and grows silvery dark like one-way glass. On the other side of it, God’s jerking off. The hicks think weather abnormalities are a sign that Armageddon has arrived and decide to rape their kids before they die. Mackerel rides his bike through streets filled with children’s lustful screams. He eventually stops at Josh’s boyfriend’s house and falls into your trap.

Right, babe? Josh’s boyfriend: Pretty much. Well, rape in the broadest sense. If it’s ever been called gay sex, it’s in your future. Mackerel (smugly): A hero’s still a hero. Arkansas boy’s dream to save the world from Bin Laden crushed by evil pedophile ring. Americans love that shit. Psychic (in a sixteen-year-old’s voice): Yeah, until they do the autopsy and find enough sperm in your ass to start a small third world country. We’ll see how heroic you are after they drag your whorish, drugged-out lifestyle through the tabloids.

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