Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men From The Rural Midwest

Matt Labash writes: "If you’re like me, and have a lot of pre-pubescent gay friends who like to pet chickens, Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men From The Rural Midwest might be your ideal stocking stuffer. (I kid about the pre-pubescents–most of my gay chicken-petting friends are by now in their thirties and forties). Truth be told, I have no idea if the book is any good. It was given to me years ago by a TWS colleague, who either thought he was being funny, or who more than likely knowing him, really is into the gay chicken-petting scene. The reason I display it on my desk is because of the cover, seen here. I used to have problems with chit-chatty coworkers endlessly pitching camp in my office. Then I started displaying Farm Boys. Now, most of my office chats are away games, with me in control of the schedule. I can’t recommend it highly enough."

Jonathan writes on "I grew up in a small town with very rigid conservative Christian values, and can relate heavily to it. Certainly the book is enthralling and captivating and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I must add though I found some of it disturbing. Several of the men featured in here engaged in bestality and incest with their brothers, uncles, cousins, etc. It seems they took a rather blithe attitude toward it, as if it was part of the culture. Even though I don’t prescribe to the belief molestation makes a person gay, I can’t help but wonder if it influenced them towards it."

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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