Intense and rewarding, C. Bard Cole's debut collection exposes the complexities and contradictions of personal identity in a world devoid of grand truths and shared values. Briefly Told Lives is brash and insightful, bringing a very different, hidden world into the literary limelight.
C. Bard Cole is one of the leading literary figures to emerge from the queer punk movement of the 1990s. His fiction and cartoons have appeared in Holy Titclamps, Riotboy, Dirty, Boy Trouble, and queer zines, as well as in self-published chapbooks like Tattooed Love Boys and Fag Sex in High School. His stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Men on Men 7 and Flesh and the Word 4. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, he attended Sarah Lawrence College and Parsons School of Design. He lives in the East Village in New York City.
Advance Praise for Briefly Told Lives
"C. Bard Coles Briefly Told Lives is fresh, sweet, lucid, raucous, and amazingly free of the corner-cutting, soft-pedaling, pseudo-literary tropes that constitute most of contemporary fiction. The way these stories face the fucked-up music of love, sex, loss, and social injustice, and maintain their curiosity and style, is a really new, rare pleasure."
"No one writes more compellingly about sex than C. Bard Cole. He is a master of confused longings, clear-eyed chronicler of ambiguous desire, purveyor of desperate acts of love. He charts the course of badly lived lives with great economy and wit. If this book doesnt stir you, then maybe you should consult your doctor. If this book doesnt make your heart ache, then the situations probably hopeless."
"C. Bard Coles provocative and entertaining prose makes Briefly Told Lives an exhilarating collection. Gritty and genuine a terrific debut."
"One of the most exciting debuts Ive had the pleasure of reading, by a young author whose eye for squalor and tenderness are equally authentic. The characters and voice were so compelling that I literally didnt want Briefly Told Lives to end."
2000 St. Martin's Press.