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Filthy Animals

In Brandon Taylor’s short story collection, sexual tension acts like an undertow, lurking to pull its victims down below.

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Review of ‘Filthy Animals’

In fiction, the corporal ecstasy of sexual tension often comes in peaks and waves. That’s not always how it feels in reality, however. In Brandon Taylor’s short story collection, sexual tension acts more like an undertow, lurking to pull its victims down below.

Author Roxane Gay has described the stories in Filthy Animals as “melancholic”—truly…

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