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Soon back in print: Bears on Bears

Soon back in print!

Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions

Revised edition
Including five new interviews

by Ron Jackson Suresha

* New to this edition

Part One: Bear Philosophy and Identity
1. Bears as Subcultural Subversives. An interview with Eric Rofes
2. You Can Lead a Bear to Culture But …  A discussion with David Bergman and Michael Bronski
3. Big “B” Bears and Little “B” Bears. A discussion with Wayne Hoffman, Chris Wittke, and Rex Wockner
4. Bear Essentials: Bear Spirit in Community. A discussion with Al Cotton, Alex Damman, and Jim Mitulski
5. Bear Affirmation, Bear Activism. An interview with Rev. Troy Perry *

Part Two: Bear History and Evolution
6. The Birth of Girth and Mirth. An interview with Reed Wilgoren
7. Bearness’s Big Blank: Tracing the Genome of Ursomasculinity. An interview with Jack Fritscher
8. Rainbow MC and the Old Lone Star. A discussion with Pete Vafiades
9. Let the Laughing Bear Lead. An interview with Rick Trombly
10. From Cult to Subculture to Couture: Evolving Bear Community. A discussion with Les Wright

Part Three: Bear Arts and Culture
11. Hoping for Something Bigger. An interview with Bruce Vilanch
12. Surviving as a Fat Naked Fag. An interview with Rich Hatch
13. An Entertaining Bear Life. An interview with Larry Flick *
14. The Cartoonist as Middle-Aged Bear. An interview with Tim Barela
15. Bear Like Him. An interview with Jonathan Cohen *
16. Telling a New Bear’s Story. An interview with Kevin Bowe *
17. Does a Bear Run in the Woods? An interview with Dan Hunt *

Part Four: Bear Sex and Styles
18. What Makes a Bear Porn Legend? An interview with Jack Radcliffe
19. Weight and Fat as Masculine Drag. A discussion with Dr. Lawrence Mass
20. Bear Beauty and the Affirmation of Bear Contests. A discussion with Craig Byrnes, Gene Landry, and Michael Patterson
21. Bearotica and the Selling of Bearsex. A discussion with Richard Labonté and Tim Martin
22. Circuit Bears and the Bear Circus. A discussion with Lou Dattilo, Frank Perricone, Kajunbear, and Danny Williams

Part Five: Bear Ages and Stages
23. Bear Maturity, Bear Masculinity. A discussion with Arnie Kantrowitz and Mark Thompson
24. Tourists in Bearland: Nonbearish Bear-Lovers. A discussion with Manny Lim and Kirk Read
25. Ethnic Bears and Bears of Color. A discussion with David Gerard, Ali Lopez, and George Varas
26. From Boomer Bears to Gen-X Bears to Bear Youth. A discussion with Terry Jamro, Brian Kearns, and Heath McKay

Part Six: Bears Embodied and Beyond
27. Lesbears and Transbears: Dykes and FTMs as Bears. A discussion with S. Bear Bergman, Drew Campbell, Michael “Mike” Hernandez, and Matt Rice
28. Technobears and Cybearspace. A discussion with Steve Dyer, Jeff Glover, Mike Ramsey, and Alex Schell
29. A Space beyond Beardom: Postbears and Ex-Bears. A discussion with Van Buckley, Steven Evans, and Tim Morrison
30. International Bear Brotherhood. A discussion with Eduardo Chavez, Seumas Hyslop, Xavier Navarro, Marcelo Perales, Glen Purdon, Mali Sahin, Woody Shimko, and Justin Spooner

Selected Bibliography and Resources


Praise for the first edition of Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussion

“The invaluable book [on Bears].” — Andrew Sullivan,
“I wasn’t expecting Bears on Bears to touch me on such a deep level. … My personal connection to bears never occurred to me until I read this book. In fact, I think it should be required reading for anyone interested in gender studies because it’s about bears, and then it is about so much more than bears.” — Tristan Taormino, Village Voice
“Ambitious, entertaining, and often insightful … [its] give-and-take makes the book accessible, even inviting, for bears and non-bears alike.” — Kevin Riordan, Philadelphia Gay News
“A rich ethnographic forum … Bears on Bears is an extremely thorough primer on the Bear movement … indispensable. — Brøn Thorson, X Factor [Phoenix, AZ]
“A fascinating collection of confessions, opinions and attitudes. … will make you laugh, cry, cringe with guilt and pain, and generally feel astounded.”  — Hal Campbell, We the People [Santa Rosa, CA]
“The quintessential book on Beardom, both for the uninitiated and for those who fancy themselves bear experts. Bears on Bears will open eyes to a diverse world, within a diverse world, that is full of history and change.”  — Ken Gies,

“A fascinating collection … insightful, often hilarious, stimulating, and thought-provoking. Suresha is to be commended … As interesting to non-Bears as it is to Bears.” — Geoff Parkes, “Logged Off” [Australia]
One of “My Favorite Books of 2002” — Bears on Bears … was easily the most joyous book I read last year.  It also generated the most reader response.” — Hal Campbell, We The People [Santa Rosa, CA]
“A diverse collection of interviews with bears and their admirers on hot-button issues within bear culture. …  Bears on Bears celebrates the individuals involved … through its candid discussions with bears from all walks of life.” — Mekado Murphy, Dallas Voice
“Lively … thought-provoking … never dull or boring. … Definitely worth a read.” — Dirk Kriete, Scotsgay
“In no way just another dull, scholarly tome, it’s a series of lively interviews … an easy, entertaining read. … Anyone who’s a bear, into bear culture, or not a bear but loves their bear men, ought to find this book a must-read. But anyone with an interest in the gay subculture in general will come away with a heightened sense of awareness about our community’s amazing diversity.”     — Arthur Scuttle, The Letter [Louisville, KY]
“These interviews, from a diverse cross-section of men, leave a variety of impressions, like so many different-sized paw-prints, across the reader’s heart.” — Tony Peregrin, Windy City Times [Chicago]
“The encyclopaedia of bears.” — Laurence P. Byrne, GCN [Dublin, Ireland]

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