“You Can Run: Gay, Glam, and Gritty Travels in South America”– soulful and funny

Archer, Jesse. “You Can Run: Glam and Gritty Travels In South America”, The Haworth Press, 2007.

Soulful and Funny

Amos Lassen

What a way to see South America—with the glamour and the grit. Jesse Archer, an editor at “Out” magazine shows us gay South America as we have never seen it or read about it before. The book has everything you need to know about being gay south of the border and it is a treat to read.

“You Can Run” follows the true adventures of a flamboyant gay male as he treks through the rainbow area of the southern continent. Archer and his boyfriend Zane traveled for almost two years through South America in search of adventure. They cover a cocaine purchase in Bolivia, a visit to Machu Picchu, they met the wolfman of Borneo, Patricia, the Pink Lady and Santusa with fangs. They dodged crocodiles, did a striptease in Colombia, were with transsexuals in a rainstorm and traverse some of the most dangerous trails n earth.

What Archer gives us is a hilarious, witty and wise tour of South America that is a lot of fun to read. We even learn what to wear and where and when to wear it. It is almost like watching one of those old road movie musicals. We learn how to live Hispanic life to the fullest while mingling with the residents. Archer’s observations are brilliant and what makes it even more readable is that it is not just about travels in South America but about life itself. I felt like packing a bag and catching a plane and going south.

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