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  • 36pp | risograph on cougar vellum

    Gleb Wilson’s Soviet soldiers with threadbare lives, Hollywood actors stuck in dead-end careers, and desperately hip high-schoolers are all prisoners of their own blindered masculinity. They seek ordinary goals like status, sex, and friendship, but without knowing how these things work. Instead, they admire hollow icons of machismo, put their faith in buddies, and divert themselves with drink and drugs.

    Wilson’s stories brilliantly evoke worlds in which masculine codes have been reduced to role-playing and men to pretenders and wannabes. He relies on his characters to reveal themselves, most often when they speak, but we lose none of the nuance or harsh comedy of their interactions. These are subtle stories about men whose lack of subtlety may be a condemnation of masculinity itself.

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