In Christopher Rice’s new book “Blind Fall” he takes a look at the common ground many gay men and Marines share. In today’s interview Christopher shares with us his insight into the Marines he interviewed for his new book.
Christopher states: “They are united by a code. If you put aside all the politics, if you put aside the specifics of every military engagement they have been involved in the past decade, they are about fighting for the man standing next to them. It’s a code that insulates them from the shifts in the political climate.”
He continues “They go where they are told to go and their job to defend the marine standing next to them. When I heard that said clearly enough, enough times, I thought a story of a straight marine coming to accept not only his gay Marine friend but the boyfriend of that guy is not as far fetched as it seemed on the surface.
They see themselves not as members of the mainstream, that they are different. And in that very sense they have something in common with gay men. It sounds crazy. Marines are taught in boot camp that mainstream society is weak and defective and they provide a very special service to it, they protect and defend it.
And that is a similar line of thinking to what a lot of gay men think. We think mainstream society is hostile and colorless and we provide beauty, style and culture to it.”
In Blind Fall, a battle scared marine discovers that his brutally murdered friend and personal hero was in the closet. The marine teams up with the dead man’s lover to seek justice but not before he must come to terms with his own homophobia.
Listen as we talk to Christopher about interviewing those hot hunky Marines, coming out to his famous mother the novelist Anne Rice, and negative press- how he deals with those bitchy bloggers who diss him online.
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Blind Fall, a novel by Christopher Rice: Amazon