Jeremy Atherton Lin was raised in California and now lives in London, where he studied writing at the Royal College of Art. Jeremy's work has been published in the White Review, Tinted Window and the Times Literary Supplement, and he has been short-listed for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize. He is an editor at Failed States, a journal of art and writing on place.
"An essential read in 2021."--VOGUE, Best Books of the Year
"Jeremy Atherton Lin's intimate history of gay culture -- from the 18th century to today -- is electric, immersive, and impossible to look away from. . . . It's an illuminating, sexy, vibrant examination of place and identity."
"[A] diamond of a book; its milky imperfections streak through the text like a hot load shot across a greedy, gorgeous face...Gay Bar elides categories, determined to queer gender and genre alike, smearing even this commonplace with a sweaty, gropey touch...Atherton Lin's thick description of this melange works the magic of a Proustian madeleine. This is, in part, because he writes the way gay culture looks and feels: he is both evasive and effervescent...But Atherton Lin is after something more: the glam camp of undiluted faggotry. This is writing as drag, and it aims at times to be just as tawdry and exhibitionist."
"A detailed, frank and brilliantly personal account...Already, Gay Bar reads like a cult classic."
--PAUL FLYNN, EVENING STANDARD
"Playful, hilarious, arousing, shocking and challenging."
"A kinetic bar crawl through space and time and subculture. . . . Gay Bar feels like a love letter, and of the realest sort -- one that expresses devotion through piercing, sustained attention, that takes delight in negotiating."
New York Times Editors' Choice
Vogue's Best Books of 2021
LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2021
Cosmopolitan's Best LGBTQI+ Books of 2021
Debutiful's Best Books of February
"Brilliantly written . . . Atherton Lin writes as though he himself is a sign of the times. With gusto and a sense of abandon he describes his own hunger for excitement, with scenes that are gloriously locked in the present moment."
--Colm Toibin, THE GUARDIAN
"The treatment of time in the book -- the way the present is peeled back to reveal the past -- is beautiful, and original. Throughout there is a feeling of simultaneity, of queer lives and histories moving in parallel, of nightlife as a site of pleasure, play and resistance...How movingly he replicates it here, with his wide, strobing intellect, enlivening skepticism, rascally allure."
--Parul Sehgal, NEW YORK TIMES
"A beautiful amble through the world of gay bars . . . a rich tapestry of history, theory, and criticism."
"A beautiful, lyrical memoir...Atherton Lin has a five-octave, Mariah Carey-esque range for discussing gay sex."
--NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"A grand, cross-continental adventure. . . . [Atherton Lin's] deep and vivid details bring his memories to life in a way that will make you feel like you are smack dab in the middle of those bars alongside him. His examination of these spaces from all sides will make you think about them in brand new ways."
"A remarkable debut. . . it's a difficult book to pin down, but that's what makes it so readable and so endlessly fascinating. . . Each observation is sharp and phrased beautifully; Atherton Lin wastes no words, and the ones he chooses are carefully considered. Gay Bar is a book that's beyond impressive, and Atherton Lin's writing is both extremely intelligent and refreshingly unpretentious."
"For when you really miss going out... This book will make you miss it even more. Atherton Lin's stylish debut explores the history and cultural resonance of gay bars...It's a wistful exploration of queer life, history, liberation, and identity. And feels especially vital right now when we're all stuck inside."
"A book of rare dream-like power, an exacting anthropology of queer life. Brainy, audacious, funny, vulnerable, and sexy, Gay Bar is endlessly awake not just to codes and signs but to a culture that's changing faster than most of us are able to see."
--PAUL LISICKY, author of LATER: My Life at the Edge of the World
"Masterful...[Gay Bar] has something for every reader...This superb, multifaceted book takes a close look at gay bars individually and as concept, in history and in the author's life, tackling big questions with wisdom and grace."
"A vibrant and wistful report on a bygone era in gay culture."--KIRKUS, Starred Review
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