Gay Bar: Why We Went Out Audiobook, by Jeremy Atherton Lin Play Audiobook Sample

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out Audiobook

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Read By: Jeremy Atherton Lin Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549182433

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Longest Chapter Length:

83:00 minutes

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47:22 minutes

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67:27 minutes

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As gay bars continue to close at an alarming rate, a writer looks back to find out what’s being lost in this indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration of history.


In the era of Grindr and same-sex marriage, gay bars are closing down at an alarming rate. What, then, was the gay bar? Set between Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, Gay Bar takes us on a time-traveling, transatlantic bar hop through pulsing nightclubs, after-work dives, hardcore leather bars, gay cafes, and saunas, asking what these places meant to their original clientele, what they meant to the author as a younger man, and what they mean now.

In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and as dazzling as a disco ball, Atherton Lin conjures the strobing lights and the throbbing music, the smell and taste of tangles of male bodies, the rough and tender anonymous encounters, the costumes and categories--twink, top, masc, queen, tweaker, tourist, voyeur, exhibitionist--all the while tracking the protean aesthetics of masculinity and gayness. Along the way, he invites us to go beyond the simplified gay bar liberation mythology of Stonewall and enter the many other battlefields in the war to carve out space in which to exist, express, and love as a gay man.

Elegiac, sexy, and sparkling with wry wit, Gay Bar is at once a serious critical inquiry into how we construct ourselves through the spaces we inhabit and an epic night out to remember.


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“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.”

— New York Times 


  • “An illuminating, sexy, vibrant examination of place and identity.”

    — BuzzFeed
  • “A rich tapestry of history, theory, and criticism.”

    — Vanity Fair
  • “Brilliantly written…with scenes that are gloriously locked in the present moment.”

    — The Guardian (London)


  • A Cosmopolitan Pick of Best Upcoming LGBTQ+ Books
  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • A New York Times Best Book of the Year
  • A Vogue Best Book of 2021
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year
  • An Artforum Pick of the Year's Best Books
  • A GT Magazine Pick of 2021's Best Books

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About Jeremy Atherton Lin

Jeremy Atherton Lin is a writer, editor, and critic. He has helped launch Failed States, a journal of writing and image about place. His writing was shortlisted for the 2018 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize for an excerpt of Gay Bar. Originally from California, he resides in London, where he teaches criticism at universities and holds a position as associate lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts.