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We still haven’t finished all the champagne from our PEN Literary Awards celebration, but yesterday Guernica received more good news: Tim Elhajj’s essay, “An Unfortunate Discharge,” featured last August in our magazine, has been selected for Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today’s Sexual Culture from Cleis press, edited by Susie Bright and Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Elhajj’s essay, detailing the writer’s brief sojourn in the Navy, is both surprising and intimate right from its opening line, “My first year in the United States Navy, I let another boy give me a blow job.” Within that hazy void of anxiety and discomfort magic happens.


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