Still Looking: A Novel Concerning Single Men

Durstin, Larry

Published by Flf Pr, 1996
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Synopsis: Still Looking is a comic novel about single men that also serves as a satire on the current men's movement. It is written from the point of view of a man who is part of a men's group designed for each member to relive the one great mythic journey in his life when all truths are revealed and all lessons are learned. This heroic journey (or prime story) finds the main character looking back to a time when he and three of his single friends were struggling to find the right woman while bouncing back and forth between a small midwestern college town and the nomadic singles' circuit of nearby Toledo, Ohio. The inspiration for the book was "Marty," the Oscar-winning '50s movie about aging bachelors and their problems making romantic connections in a relatively simple time. The narrator's prime story in Still Looking, however, takes place in the early '80s--that post-free love, pre-AIDS pocket of time when the battling in the sexual revolution was perhaps at its fiercest--and is examined through the prism of the men's movement of the convoluted '90s, where nothing is ever simple. Still Looking, approximately 90,000 words in length, opens in the present day with Ray Powell--now past 50--getting ready to tell his prime story to his Friday night men's group.

From the Author: What I was trying to accomplish with this novel was to, hopefully, draw a darkly humorous picture of the behavioral and intellectual patterns being woven in contemporary relationships, and to do it strictly from the point of view of single men. Over the past 30 years or so the vast majority of the discourse on romantic relationships has come from the perspective of women lamenting the unsuitability of available male mates--much of it done in a shallow Cosmopolitan magazine manner with the emphasis on guys who are afraid of commitment or don't want to stop playing the field ... blah, blah, blah. Well, the four main characters in STILL LOOKING--while certainly suffering from the modern societal malady of intimacy apprehension and not exactly being nobly heroic figures--pretty much blow to smithereens the glib notions as to the kinds of things men talk about with each other. But, again hopefully, in their basically tragi-comic struggle to make romantic connections they help provide some insight into precisely how deeply-rooted and complex are the sets of behaviors that have relegated huge numbers of men and women both to a perpetual state of "still looking."

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Title: Still Looking: A Novel Concerning Single Men
Publisher: Flf Pr
Publication Date: 1996
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