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More About This Title THE SUBSTANCE OF GOD


Can you clone yourself—and remain yourself? A mind-blowing trip into immortality, filled with full-body thrills, and spectacular highs. All from a storyteller at the peak of his art. “Perry Brass has added to the annals of gay lit.” —Book Marks.
Immortality anyone?
What happens when Dr. Leonard Miller, a leading gay bio-researcher—who is secretly addicted to “kinky” sex—is found murdered in his laboratory, after working on a living human tissue more than two thousand years old? And what happens when this constantly regenerating substance brings Miller himself back to life?
Leonard Miller must ask himself these questions, as well as who has infiltrated his laboratory to kill him, how long will he have to live—and exactly where does life end? Miller’s story takes him from the sex scenes of Manhat-
tan to the baths of Istanbul. It deals with religious fundamentalism and sexual ritual and release. And Miller, the unbelieving scientist, will be driven himself to ask: Is our often suppressed urge towards sex and our urge towards a union with God . . . the same urge?
Once again Perry Brass’s work fuses action, spirituality, politics, and eroticism to explore some of the major questions of our time.


Originally from Savannah, GA, poet, novelist, playwright, and activist Perry Brass has published 16 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, plays, and fiction. He has been involved in the gay rights movement since November of 1969, when he co-edited Come Out!, the world's first gay liberation newspaper. In 1972, with two friends he started the Gay Men's Health Project Clinic, the first clinic for gay men on the East Coast, still operating as New York’s Callen-Lourde Clinic. The Health Project Clinic, operating from a basement in New York’s West Village, strongly advocated for the use of condoms by gay men a decade before the first advent of AIDS, even though most gay men still considered them to be a birth control device. In 1984, his play Night Chills, one of the first to deal with the AIDS crisis, won a Jane Chambers International Gay Playwriting Award. As a poet, his collaborations with composers include the much-performed “All the Way Through Evening,” a cycle of 5 “nocturnes” in reaction to the AIDS epidemic, set by the late Chris DeBlasio; “The Angel Voices of Men” set by Ricky Ian Gordon; “Three Brass Songs,” with composer-pianist Fred Hersch; and "The Restless Yearning Towards My Self," with Paula Kimper. Brass’s work often deals with that intersection of sexuality, spirituality and personal politics that came directly, openly, out of his involvement with the radical queer politics of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This intersection was deemed “impossible” by many academics and even gay activists of the early years of the movement, who could accept one but none of the other elements that now make up the lgbt movement. He is currently a coordinator of the Rainbow Book Fair, the only LGBT book fair in the U.S.