Martin, who recently won an MFA scholarship at the New School University in New York, says he was heavily influenced by the late French writer Marguerite Durasâ€™ passionate novel The Lover.
To fictionally disclose intimate details about his relationship with Stipe has been a somewhat courageous step on Martinâ€™s part.
â€œI know that the local press in Athens is already up in arms about my book because they think they own Michael Stipe,â€ Martin huffs.
â€œI never proceeded with fear, and thatâ€™s a big part of being a gay man.
Here’s a pre-9/11 interview I did with Stipe’s old boyfriend, Douglas A. before Stipe finally said he preferred the company of men. â€œWhen I saw the video, I didnâ€™t fall in love with Michael Stipe, I fell in love with what I thought was Michael Stipe.
Turning Michael Stipe inside out In Outline of My Lover, Douglas A. I fell in love with the image that a director helped create,â€ Martin explains. hail and still maintain residence as Athensâ€™ multi-millionaire heroes.
Martin was a senior in high school, he was so captivated by R. M.â€™s homoerotically-charged video â€œLosing My Religionâ€ that he told his sister, â€œIâ€™m going to marry Michael Stipe.â€ This, of course, was before he had even met the enigmatic, sometimes-queer singer of one of Americaâ€™s most respected rock bands. Kusner,Â Life+Style Editor In 1991, when Douglas A.After high school, the obsessed adolescent went to study theater at the University of Georgia in Athens â€” the relatively small college town where R. In Outline of My Lover (Soft Skull Press, ), Martin, 26, writes in first person about a teenager who moves to Athens and seeks out a relationship with a luminous rock star.â€œThe individual in the book is based very strongly on my life and my relationship with Michael Stipe, but itâ€™s not a kiss-and-tell. I have over 100 journals â€” each one is over 200 pages.If this was a kiss-and-tell, it would be a much thicker book,â€ he promises.Outline of My Lover details a young manâ€™s complete immersion into an unbalanced and almost destructive relationship that ultimately must end for the sake of both partners.