Sunday, April 14 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Book Discussion: "Mr. Benson" by John Preston

April's book selection is Mr. Benson by John Preston. It is available for purchase online or you can contact Hurtcandy on Fetlife for a photocopy or pdf.

"Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young manís quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master.
"If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author of more than 30 books, was himself a gay icon, his character Mr. Benson defined the culture of gay sex for an entire generation. When Mr. Benson appeared in the pre-AIDS early 1980s, its unabashed celebration of male sexuality made it a cult favorite among gay men, many of whom wore T-shirts declaring that they were "looking for Mr. Benson." The novel's fresh voice and insights into identity, desire, power, and love influenced a generation of writers and editors, including Anne Rice, Samuel Delany, Michael Lowenthal, Laura Antoniou, Joan Nestle, Michael Rowe, and Cecilia Tan. Mr. Benson was Preston's first novel and was followed by many more books from the proud, self-styled "pornographer.""

Now for some sad news: our moderator will be stepping down after our May meeting. Is anyone interested in leading the group after that? This would entail directing the discussions (coming up with a few questions and keeping us on track), facilitating the choice of each month's book, and sending that information to smOdyssey's marketing chair. If you would like to lead this group, please contact Or if you can take on just one month that would be great, too.


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