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Sam Slovick On the Homophobia that Threatened Slake’s Second Issue

Yesterday, Fishbowl LA reported that the upcoming issue of Slake had been delayed by two to three weeks because various printers across the United States refused to publish the book–citing “explicit material” from Sam Slovick‘s story “Tommy Crow,” which contains one line depicting gay sex.

This is the line in question:

“We sit in silence in the backseat for an hour before he spits in my hand, rubs it on my dick and slides it in his ass.”

The printers had no objections to several graphic descriptions of heterosexual sex in the book. We asked Slovick about the blatant homophobia at play. He responded that while he’s faced homophobia before, he never expected get any flack over “Tommy Crow.”

“It never occurred to me that there was anything offensive in there,” he says. “This is a love story–a first love story. It’s semi-autobiographical…I understand the homophobic matrix. It’s not interesting. It’s kind of redundant. I don’t pay any attention to it. But this comes from left field.”

Slake was eventually able to print Slovick’s story in its original form, but they had to sent the book to Korea to do so.

“That [American printers] would actually turn away business in a failing economy–that’s a lot of homophobia,” says Slovick. “That’s anti-American and it’s fucking crazy.”

Slovick says he had no doubts in his mind that Slake editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa would fight to keep his story untouched. “I didn’t think for a second they’d pull it or change it. They are deeply committed to nurturing writers. I knew they had my back.”

Slake, Slovick’s story and all, will hit bookstores in early February.

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Homophobic Printers Held Up Slake’s Second Issue

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