Jephthah’s Children is a chronicle of everything that has gone wrong because of the movement to normalise same-sex parenting. The personal stories of children raised by same-sex parents are heartfelt and painful, and they speak for themselves. The authors also examine the cultural, philosophical and political context of this momentous change and reflect upon the resulting increased power of the state once the organic bonds of society are dissolved.
Wackos Thugs & Perverts is a brutally frank examination of the problems with higher education. It includes an original essay based on the link between the Clintonian idea of “deplorables” and what went wrong on college campuses. Included are a collection of essays, revised and updated, that dealt with education from many angles over the years in publications such as American Thinker and the Federalist.
Johnson Park was my first novel. Its first complete draft fell together in 1995–wow, a long time ago! It weighed in, at first, at 750 pages, and slowly got edited down. I wrote it when I was fully immersed in the gay lifestyle though I can see traces of my incipient doubts about homosexuality in much of the text. It is a worthwhile read to get an internal viewpoint on the tensions and struggles by young men coming of age into a gay community torn apart by racism, economic inequality, religious doubt, and exploitation.
I wrote NoveVatorata between 1999 and 2000. It is a strange narrative that will appeal to you mostly if you have religiously based curiosity about the end of the world and what it will look like. At its core this book is a farce, because it is about eight Latinos who are plucked out of human life and placed in eternity based on an apocalypse that never happens. The eight sections follow indirectly the styles and narratives of eight saints. You have to read it to get a sense of it. It’s kooky but if you are into these kinds of fantasy narratives you can find something in this for you.
The Gay Wars consists of 26 gay wars, literally–26 battles between two concepts or social constructs of LGBT life. I wrote this in 2010, when I was blogging recklessly and had just gotten out of active duty in the Army Reserves. For personal reasons, I was wrestling painfully with my sexual identity and past, having been married (at this point) for a decade and still finding that my social and cultural ties to homosexuality were too powerful to ignore. The tone of this book is irreverent and comical even if the questions posed are visceral and angst-ridden.
The Melville Affair is not a novel for the faint of heart. It is the final version of an epic novel that went through multiple iterations. The first complete version of this novel came together in 1998, under the awkward title Rosary Beads for the Bourgeois Whore. I wrote that version when I was just starting graduate school and felt theoretically inclined. I picked up the narrative later and cut most of Rosary Beads, adding many more chapters in until the book was quite different by 2003, when I finalized a draft called the Latino Bronze Age. This draft changed dramatically when I came back to the project in 2008, and turned it into the book that I have now, called the Melville Affair. Told in the first person by over twenty different narratives in 81 chapters, it is an explosion of the cultural, racial, and sexual panic that gripped me when I was immersed in the darkest hours of the gay 1990s. It is graphic and unpleasant. Read it if you want to take an Orphic journey into the depravity of two Latinos caught up in the hypocrisy of the metropolitan gay art world of the 1990s.
Turtle Verses is a volume of poetry that I wrote, mostly, between 2001 and 2003. It breaks down into several poetic series, including “the Nine Raptures” and “I Walked in Gardens.” Influenced greatly by my readings of Walt Whitman, it reflects upon spirituality, human alienation, and the search for God.
The Lady and the Girl is a three-act play that I wrote in 2019 about the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley. The play premiered on December 6, 2019, in North Richland Hills, Texas, with a cast of sixteen performing before an audience of eighty Texans!
In 2016, I organized a conference in London with Christian Concern, at which my play Sunlight premiered and we featured various panels of experts talking about the “transgender agenda” and how Christians could respond. The conference had a powerful impact on all of us who presented, so we decided to gather the talks into this volume. I contributed the essay “Chaste is the New Queer.” Other contributors looked at the transgender agenda through the lenses of literary criticism, medicine, law, and philosophy.
The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients was my first scholarly monograph, published in 2011. I traced a conservative heritage going back to early American writers that people often do not see as conservative at all: Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, William Wells Brown, and Walt Whitman.