Virility Rituals of North American Teenage BoysBooks
Publication date: March 2013
Press: Publication Studio Portland
Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys tells stories set at the boundary between real men and boys in man drag. In the title story, a man tells the various myths associated with his manhood from the Breakfast Club inspired obsession with “Elephantitis of the nuts” to an unexpected bodily testing sequence executed under the fluorescent glare of middle school lights. The characters in the fourteen stories live in the shadow of a failed macho culture. These stories have appeared in Birkensnake, The Chicago Review, Filter Magazine, MonkeyBicycle, Roethke Readings, Spork, and TRNSF Magazine. The Review of Contemporary Fiction wrote of Briggs’ stories, “As with the songs, the stories are all about life out of kilter, told with charm from the perspective of the odd as norm, not so much magical realism than delightfully pernicious absurdity.”
“Of Interest,” Michael Lieberman, Book Patrol, August 24, 2014
The latest book of stories from American Book Award winner Matt Briggs “tells stories set at the boundary between real men and boys in man drag” in which “the characters in the fourteen stories live in the shadow of a failed macho culture.” Well-written, northwest infused with surreal twists at every turn these stories tend to stay with you for a bit after reading.
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