Do You Love Me: Sleaze as Redemption in Tennessee Williams’s Joy Rio
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Do You Love Me: Sleaze as Redemption in Tennessee Williams’s Joy Rio

In his collection of sleazy and very very queer short stories Tales of Desire, which features stories ranging from the shockingly early Dennis Cooper-esque “Desire and the Black Masseur” and the sublimely titled “The Killer Chicken and the Closet Queen,” Tennessee Williams bravely dives into the power of sleaze as redemption and transcendence in his stories “The Mysteries of the Joy Rio” and my personal favorite “Hard Candy.” Continue reading