Suffice to say that when I wrote the piece I was very single and engaging in a lot of wild sex to fill that illusive life void. The conclusion of the essay is deliberately open-ended, for at the time I was envisioning a hoped-for romantic life.
Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.
All parents (including me) are driven by a visceral instinct to aid and protect their children. It's hard for parents to watch their children struggle, especially if it's in their power to fix the problem.
My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.