Dennis Cooper (with Diarmuid Hester)

Dennis Cooper (with Diarmuid Hester)

By Hosts: Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller

Bad Gays

Tuesday, 23 February

On the (in)famous author of the George Miles cycle, The Sluts, and many other classic works of radically transgressive gay fiction. Joining Ben to tackle Cooper's work–as challenging to traditional notions of identity-driven and self-consciously pretty gay fiction as it is to the hetero mainstream–is Diarmuid Hester, a radical cultural historian of the United States after 1950, and an authority on sexually dissident literature, art, film, and performance. He is based at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and is the author of the acclaimed new critical biography of Cooper, Wrong.



Cooper, Dennis. The Sluts. New York: Da Capo Press, 2004.

Cooper, Dennis. The George Miles Cycle. Five novels, information available here:

Hester, Diarmuid. Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper. Iowa City: The University of Iowa Press, 2020.

Dennis Cooper's blog.

Our intro music is Arpeggia Colorix by Yann Terrien, downloaded from WFMU's Free Music Archive and distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Our outro music is by DJ Michaeloswell Graphicsdesigner.

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