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What I really wanted was some pals

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What I really wanted was some pals

“ I tried going to the gay clubs in Glasgow, but I didn’t know anybody, and the clubs become really sexual too quick, and that was too much for me,” he recalls. ? “ I didn’t want to go to one-night-stands, to parts of Glasgow I’ve never seen. Some people to talk to.”

He’s previously explored those feelings – of isolation and dislocation, of the emotional and hormonal questing of teenage years and young adulthood – in two short stories for The New Yorker, both published in 2020.

In Found Wanting, a 17-year-old boy in early-’90s Glasgow, detached from all forms of gay culture, meets a solicitor (who claims to be 38) for sex via the only means available to him: personal ads in the pages of a ? “ youth magazine, a glossy that I devoured because the nights were too quiet and I could not afford the company of a television” xdating. The Englishman chronicles a young man’s journey from the Western Isles to London, to take up a position as a ? “ houseboy” that was advertised in a gay magazine.

That self-hatred instilled an anger in Stuart later, something he sought to rectify in Young Mungo. The author wanted a different life for his own young protagonists, for their connection to be ? “ a very pure thing”.

In the book, James spends time tending to pigeons in a doocot. A gentle, symbolic activity he and Mungo bond over.

“ For me, [James] was this strong, upright, upstanding man, but inside was where all his wonder was,” Stuart says. (He can envision what the character looks like, alluding to, but falling short of naming, a certain sticky-out-eared Scottish model.)

“ It is literally compartmentalised, in cages with a padlock on the door,” he continues, ? Continue reading »

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