Rare and Collectable - OUT OF PRINT
The STH books assembled by Boyd McDonald are not pornography but they are pornographic. They are anthologies of gay life in the time before AIDS and the more general acceptance of gays that we have today, at least in the USA. The purpose of the books is to chronicle gay sex experiences in a kind of fun way. The books ring out the virtues of sex between men in a way that isn't cartoonish or superficial. You'll either like the books or not. I find them fascinating and hot. They offer a valuable insight into a world that few know. Boyd McDonald corresponded with a lot of men around the country for many years, from the 60s to the late 80s. He elicited their stories and assembled them into a series of smaller publications "Straight to Hell" and then later into the larger books like the one here: CUM.
Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) had the makings of a successful life in the 1950s an education at Harvard, a job at Time/Life but things didn t turn out as planned. After 20 years of resentful conformity and desperate alcoholism, McDonald dried out, pawned all of his suits, and went on welfare; it was then that his life truly began. From a room in a New York SRO hotel, McDonald published Straight to Hell, a series of chapbooks collecting readers true homosexual experiences. Following the example of Alfred Kinsey, McDonald obsessively pursued the truth about sex between men just as gay liberation began to tame America s sexual outlaws for the sake of legal recognition. Admired by such figures as Gore Vidal and William S. Burroughs, Straight to Hell combined a vigorous contempt for authority with a keen literary style, and was the precursor of the first queer zines decades later, and McDonald became a key figure of the American underground.