According to Tim Capehart:

In 1987, Richard Stevenson’s Ice Blues came across the counter at the library where I worked the summer between freshman and sophomore years in college. I’d just started dating my first serious boyfriend, but none of my family or friends knew I was gay. I read it in secret and loved tough, funny Don Stratchey.

Back at school after a rough coming out to family, I was perusing bookstore remainder bins with Dad. I picked up On the Other Hand Death and stared at it long enough for him to say, “Want me to buy that for you?” He had no idea what it was, but it still felt like a solid first step.

I still love the Stratchey series & the movies. I lived in Massachusetts in the late 90’s and dated someone who knew someone who knew Dick Lipez (Richard Stevenson). I got a signed copy of Stratchey’s Folley.  My parents love Trent, my current partner; and I would love for them to see us legally married.


Tim Capehart is a librarian and freelance writer. His collection of short stories, Seeking the Link, (Lulu) is available now and his story “Meatbots: A Love Story” appears in the upcoming Zombiality anthology of GLBT zombie stories from Library of the Living Dead. His short fiction has appeared in Christopher StreetThe Wooster Review, and (translated into Dutch) Uitkomst. He also writes reviews for Kirkus ReviewsPublishers Weekly, and Voice of Youth Advocates. A member of the 2007 Newbery Committee for ALSC he will join the committee again for 2012.

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One Response to “My First Queer Book? ‘Ice Blues’”

  1. 25 October 2010 at 10:10 AM #

    It’s enormously gratifying to me that Ice Blues was both fun and useful for you at an important time in your life. It was both of those things for me too. I’m a political junkie, and for that and other reasons this is one of my favorite books in the Strachey series. (I haven’t seen the movie but hear that it’s pretty bad.)
    Hey, come on over to Becket, MA, and Joe and I will introduce you to the town clerk and get you legally hitched.

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