Kyle Thomas Smith
Gatekeeper Press (2018)
ISBN 9781642372168
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (11/18)

A “cockloft” is defined as “a small loft or attic.” Urban Dictionary has another definition, but I will leave it at this one. In “Cockloft: Scenes from a Gay Marriage,” the author, Kyle Thomas Smith shares stories with us that are inspired by his personal life. They range from adventures in his childhood through his life with his husband Julius. Kyle and Julius take us from their home that has a cockloft in New York City, through their exotic travels around the world, to their Theater Loft in San Francisco.

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After being able to share much of Kyle’s life with him through his literary adventures, I felt like I found a new friend. Unfortunately, he knows nothing about me, so if I were to approach him on the street, he would probably think I was a stalker. However, I truly enjoyed his writings. Not only are the stories funny, but there is also a heartwarming touch to them, especially regarding his family and his life with Julius.  Having grown up on the east coast, I found it easy to relate to the vivid descriptions and behaviors of the locals. It was also fun to see their perspectives, especially as a gay couple, traveling through Sri Lanka, Italy and Denmark. I haven’t been to any of those places yet, but if I go, I will be going in armed with some knowledge, especially if I decide to smoke hashish in Amsterdam.

I made the mistake of starting “Cockloft: Scenes from a Gay Marriage,” on a Saturday afternoon. It was cold outside, (southern California cold) and I wanted to curl up with a good story. Once I immersed myself in these pages, I did not want to stop reading! This was much to the dismay of my boyfriend, who was wanting to go out and have fun on a Saturday night. I had to tell him I was fighting a cold and wanted to stay in so that I could keep reading. There was some truth to that, but if I hadn’t started the book, I know I would have gone out. 

As a result of my enjoyment of this book, I highly recommend “Cockloft: Scenes from a Gay Marriage,” by Kyle Thomas Smith to readers who enjoy works that are creative and funny. This would make a great selection for a reader’s group and a wonderful gift for someone who needs something that will put a smile on his or her face.