The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, a radical map of shortcomings in our daily experiences in the form of a debut story collection, presents thematically related windows into serious emotional trouble and monstrous love. Lonely Christopher combines a striking emotional grammar, reminiscent of Gertrude Stein's Three Lives, with an unyielding imagination in the lovely/ugly architecture of his stories.
Lonely Christopher is the author of several poetry chapbooks and is a contributor to the poetry volume Into (Seven Circles Press). His plays have been published, staged in New York City and internationally, and released in Mandarin translation. His fiction received Pratt Institute's 2009 Thesis Award. He is a founding member of the small press The Corresponding Society and an editor of its biannual journal Correspondence. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
For all their postmodernist touches, the nine stories in poet Christopher's provocative and refreshing debut collection offer coherent plots and accessible prose, starting with the long title tale, about the efforts of a guy named Dumb to forget his dead boyfriend, Right, as he embarks on a new relationship with a person called Orange. In "Game Belly," which charts the night moves of club kids, characters are identified not by name but by brief tags like "the kid with long hair." "White Dog" finds menace in a woman's not so mundane trip to the supermarket. The supershort "Milk" plops a horse into a kitchen. With a lot of alternative fiction, one gets the feeling that the writer's rejection of traditional forms isn't earned; not so with this author, who's also a librettist and playwright. More Russell Banks than Donald Barthelme, Christopher could write solid, naturalistic stories if he chose, and he almost does.