Lonely Blurbs

The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse

Praise seems superfluous for a book as accomplished, cohesive, and devastating as Lonely Christopher's debut collection, so consider these words admiration instead, and admonishment: if you still think fiction counts for anything, then you should buy this book right now.

—Dale Peck (author of Martin and John and Hatchet Jobs)

Lonely Christopher's debut collection introduces a kind of story which simultaneously reads as new and familiar. In fact, everything here happens in the context of family: mother, father, brother, sister, lover, neighbor, friend. It is you and it is not you, it is contained and it is vast. Syntactically deft, playful with proper nouns, steadily wondrous within the quotidian, it also, remarkably, fulfills a promise: each story is indeed an excavation of The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which is its excellent title. Reading it gives me a perverse and giddy sensation; I was deeply happy when I finished this book.

Rachel Levitsky (author of Neighbor and Under the Sun)

“Lonely Christopher, as his name suggests, knows despair as only a hobo or a clown can. This knowledge animates his fiction and provides each story with a humor that belies the terrible things that happen to his men, women, children, and animals. His formal experimentation will reward readers who have been craving a Huysmans sort of Nick Drake sort of Andy Kaufman killer writer. These readers will, like all good boys and girls, go to bed happy at last.”

Kevin Killian (author of Impossible Princess and Action Kylie)



with Christopher Sweeney & Robert Snyderman

“INTO is a book of three first books, each composed by three authors, and it constitutes a travelogue and trialogue of possible approaches, paths, procedures, all to discover the mountain, and how it takes—to do this—the place of a poem. it is also a book about place: the place of the page, one's place in the history of pages, and the absence of place that defines poetry's essential openness. jabès called this absence love. snyderman calls it the mountain. sweeney, face. and lonely christopher: earth trembles / destroy nothing /hold it back // place is the sentence.”                                                              

—Christian Hawkey (author of Citizen Of)


Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land?

“By eloquently rearranging the detritus of our national debate about gay rights, Lonely Christopher’s biting, anti-poetic poetry shows us the heights of pathos and the depths of foolishness around the issue, while delightfully mixing sexuality with textuality.”

James Hannaham (author of God Says No)