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How to Make It in Seoul: Sang Young Park’s Novel of Gay Almost-Romance Love in the Big City

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Article
https://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/the-korea-blog/make-seoul-sang-young-parks-novel-gay-almost-romance-love-big-city/
Journal
LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS
Issued Date
December 05, 2021
Page
-
Language
English(English)
Country
UNITED STATES
City
Los Angeles
Book
Love in the Big City
Writer
Park Sang Young
Translator
Anton Hur

About the Author

  • Sang Young Park
  • Birth : 1988 ~ -
  • Occupation : Writer
  • First Name : Sang Young
  • Family Name : Park
  • Korean Name : 박상영
  • ISNI : 000000046826239X
  • Works : 12
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In recent years the internet has launched into the zeitgeist the term “incel,” referring to individuals filled with resentment about their state of involuntary celibacy — i.e., sexlessness. In nearly all cases the incel is a heterosexual male, though some have speculated on the nature of his homosexual equivalent: a tweet I saw a few months ago, for example, posited that “the gay version of ‘incel’ is not finding a long-term relationship.” If so, then the protagonist of Sang Young Park’s novel Love in the Big City is a kind of incel. With opportunities for casual sex perpetually close at hand, thanks not least to smartphone dating apps, Young longs for nothing more than a deep and lasting connection. Yet all the overlapping cultures that clam him — gay culture, “hook-up” culture, social-media culture, Korean culture — seem to have allied themselves against the fulfillment of that desire.

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