Seymour, Craig. “All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C.”, Atria Books, 2008.
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I love this book. “All I Could Bare” is a fun read and it also has a great deal to say about gay society. When I first heard it was coming out I immediately put it on pre-order and when it came today I sat down and devoured it. Craig Seymour was a graduate student at the University of Maryland when he decided to write this master’s thesis on the strip clubs of the nation’s capital. This decision was to take Seymour on quite a journey. In the 90’s the gay clubs in D.C. were notorious and Seymour gives us an honest and unabashed look at his life. He found a new vocation while doing his research which he had to keep secret from both his boyfriend and his parents. This is Seymour’s story and quite a story it is. But the book is about more than that. It is about how we confront our fears and how we follow our dreams and about and accepting who we are.
Seymour looks at his past and shows how it helped make him the man he is today, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Seymour does not moralize or sentimentalize. He gives us the honest and raunchy facts. What is so amazing is that what he writes about actually happened in the city where the laws of our country are made. Seymour tells it like it was and holds nothing back and he does so with style, grace and humor.