Big Bend: Stories by Bill Roorbach

By Bill Roorbach

Via quirky plots, one-of-kind characters, and various twists, the tales in Big Bend study gentle-hearted males and their relationships. From made-in-heaven conferences to difficult liaisons, Roorbach's characters adventure romance in unforeseen, occasionally disastrous ways.
In "Fog," a teenage boy learns tough classes approximately canoes, the Gulf of Maine, intercourse, and love. A suffering younger artist is going domestic for the vacations looking for succor for the stomach—and heart—with bad ends up in "Thanksgiving." different tales recount the eventually disastrous reunion of estranged associates, an unemployed architect's silly dating with undesirable corporation, and a middle-aged rock star's fight with the urge to quiet down. within the tiitle tale, "Big Bend," a grieving widower, afflicted by way of his personal waning years, is tempted via a seductively attentive birdwatcher no older than his daughter.
Poignant stories of hauntingly regular events, invoice Roorbach's tales are packed with middle, romance, edgy humor, and the often hid vulnerability of guys.

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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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