From the award-winning author of Bob the Book, My Movie showcases the remarkable range and versatility of David Pratt's short fiction, including stories previously published in The James White Review, Velvet Mafia, Christopher Street, Chelsea Station, and other periodicals, Web sites, and anthologies. The impact of memories thematically dominates the fourteen stories included in this imaginative collection, from the coming-of-age title story of a young boy's code of secret languages to the magical, speculative world of "Ulmus Americana," where trees yearn for love. Film and video are at the heart of many of these stories, including "Another Country," about a woman who enters a fictitious land created by her son and his boyhood friend for their backyard home movies, and the brilliantly conceived "Calvin Gets Sucked In," where a man is consumed, literally, by a porn video, with hilarious and disturbing results. Pratt also turns an unflinching camera eye on the realities and mishaps of gay life, from a hook-up with a crack addict to the painful and poignant struggles with illness, loss, and mortality. Haunting, funny, surreal, and heartbreaking, My Movie brilliantly documents how we come to terms with being queer.
"This impressive collection confirms David Pratt's emergence as one of our most talented voices. Carnal and graphic as the best erotica and as elegiac as a finely rendered memoir, these stories vividly capture the palpable sense of isolation that haunts each of our lives. 'The Addict' is the best story I read last year—beautifully paced and harrowing. My Movie is absolutely essential reading."
—Tom Mendicino, author of Probation
"Pratt is awfully good. He writes about yearning, loss, and love between men with the piercing precision of poetry. Even when grieving, he charms. To my mind two stories, 'Calvin Gets Sucked In' and 'The Island,' are classics. 'Calvin' encapsulates the grief and longing of a besieged generation with wit, generosity, and relentless perception. 'The Island' transcends classification and, in its depiction of exile, is not only a gay masterpiece but an American one. I haven’t enjoyed nor been so moved by modern fiction in a very long time."
—Jenifer Levin, author of Water Dancer and The Sea of Light