Say It Out Loud: Journey of a real cowboy by Adam Sutton and Neil McMahon

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May 2007, no. 291

Say It Out Loud: Journey of a real cowboy by Adam Sutton and Neil McMahon

Random House, $34.95 pb, 285 pp, 9781741665451

Say It Out Loud: Journey of a real cowboy by Adam Sutton and Neil McMahon

by
May 2007, no. 291

Living in the inner suburbs of Sydney, it is easy to become blasé about homosexuality. Gay men are everywhere: streets, cafés, shops, neighbouring houses, dog parks, and gyms. I live near Surry Hills Shopping Centre, an otherwise unspectacular mini-mall. Early evening, however, the supermarket aisles are choked with well-groomed gay men making a show of checking out the produce. I have to confess, after the initial voyeuristic delight, I have come to find this concentration of gay men tiresome. The tanned skin, the razor sharp hair-styles, the muscles, the tattoos and, most annoyingly, the ubiquitous army pants – they blur into a crowd of cosmopolitan conformity. As I crankily push around the shopping cart, clad in my shapeless tracksuit pants and wine-stained T-shirt, I have to suppress the desire to run down the odd unsuspecting homosexual, dangerously separated from his pack.

Robert Reynolds reviews 'Say It Out Loud: Journey of a real cowboy' by Adam Sutton and Neil McMahon

Say It Out Loud: Journey of a real cowboy

by Adam Sutton and Neil McMahon

Random House, $34.95 pb, 285 pp, 9781741665451

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