Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts

First Advisor

Laird Hunt


Creative writing, Fiction


When middle-aged bureaucrat James Hallvox meets the much younger JJ Tinkswell, they embark on a brief, dark, and complicated romance. They move to California, where James has been invited to work on a screenwriting project and JJ begins to come into his own as a young and desirable homosexual. Not only James is haunted and harassed by the filmmaker who hired him, an intrusive neighbor in their apartment complex, a strange therapist who works out of a local shopping mall, and the wife he abandoned to take up with the youngster; he also gets the sense that his relationship with JJ will not survive for long. At the nexus of all these conflicts is an inquiry into how to construct a performance (how to “make a scene”) in a world filled with broadcasting screens and reflective surfaces, and the difficulty of loving and being truly seen by those we think we love.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. This work may only be accessed by members of the University of Denver community. The work is provided by permission of the author for individual research purposes only and may not be further copied or distributed. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Rights Holder

Kameron Bashi


Received from ProQuest

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File Size

509 pgs


Creative writing