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Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Themes

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Themes

Sex

David Sedaris is known for being a writer who is not afraid to express his sexual side in his work. Sedaris, openly gay, often creates true to life scenarios in which the characters in the story celebrate their sexuality or are trying to deal with those who are homophobic or violent.

One good example is "My Manuscript," in which Sedaris fantasizes about various people and wonders what it would be like for the men in the fantasies to be put into some unusual sexual situation. The best example is the main character's fantasy about his music teacher, Mr. Chatam. "In my manuscript, Mr. Chatam is kept in an orphanage, completely nude, his head and body shaved bald, until he is adopted by a group of truck-driving studs for use as a sex baby."

In "Glen's Homophobia Newsletter," the main character, Glen, is obsessed with homophobia to the point...

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