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This is a big fat wonderful collection of stories by gays or having to do with gays in some way, and I enjoyed it. I won't comment on any particular story; each is different. I love the fact that not all of the writers are gay themselves and not all of them are well-known; in fact, I've never heard of most of these writers, and often their stories struck me as more powerful than those of the well known. Some left me rather awestruck, others had me in stitches, and a few are frankly tragic, but that's what short stories are: slices of life. Not all the stories have any particular "twist" at the end; some of them just end like mini art films. Cool. On a more critical note, there is a certain mustiness to some of the stories, as if the book is intended to appeal to older readers. I did not pay attention to when the book came out, but at times it was a bit like rummaging through an old closet with mothballs as if adding a few more contemporary stories would've made the project seem less "literary". The book also would benefit from a more attractive cover; it somehow looks like one of those dreadful books one is forced to read in high school or college. Trust me when I say it is far more entertaining than that! Nevertheless, I determined to read one or two a day until I finished and was mostly rewarded in the process save a few head-scratchers. I believe there is another and newer volume; I will definitely be getting it also. For those who enjoy the short story form, this book is a treaure.