Specific (meaning true) #writing in Garth Greenwell’s novel What Belongs to You.

The following passages are from the narrator’s nervous visit to a health clinic: 

“… the kind of doctorly banter I hated most, a chummy preliminary to unpleasantness.”

“…. the stock visual language of medical admonishment and reassurance.”

“I grew up at the height of the AIDS panic, when desire and disease seemed essentially bound together…. Disease was the only story anyone ever told about men like me where I was from, and it flattened my life to a morality tale, in which I could be either chaste or condemned. …when I finally did have sex, it wasn’t so much pleasure I sought as the exhilaration of setting aside restraint…”


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