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The Cosmology of Bing (Hardcover) [2001]
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Middle-aged astronomy professor Bing Owens has had it hard. Assuming the singer's popularity would proliferate generations of namesakes, his mother named him after Bing Crosby. His wife, a brilliant teacher and promising poet, suffered a stroke at 32 that wiped out her intellect. And that after Bing had suppressed his homosexuality to marry her. No wonder he drinks too much, and embarrassed colleagues have had his teaching schedule reduced. And no wonder he is infatuated with Nick, a smart sophomore attending the only course he now teaches. As for Nick, he innocently enjoys Bing's friendliness but is more concerned with his roommate, art student Takashi, who is gay but "masculine as they c[o]me" and, like Nick, a West Texan. Other characters play important parts during the academic year, but aging, desperate Bing and the two young men, whose nonsexual...
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Middle-aged astronomy professor Bing Owens has had it hard. Assuming the singer's popularity would proliferate generations of namesakes, his mother named him after Bing Crosby. His wife, a brilliant teacher and promising poet, suffered a stroke at 32 that wiped out her intellect. And that after Bing had suppressed his homosexuality to marry her. No wonder he drinks too much, and embarrassed colleagues have had his teaching schedule reduced. And no wonder he is infatuated with Nick, a smart sophomore attending the only course he now teaches. As for Nick, he innocently enjoys Bing's friendliness but is more concerned with his roommate, art student Takashi, who is gay but "masculine as they c[o]me" and, like Nick, a West Texan. Other characters play important parts during the academic year, but aging, desperate Bing and the two young men, whose nonsexual relationship grows deeper, predominate. Cullin dexterously blends coming to terms at midlife, coming out, and coming to adult understanding and, entirely credibly, avoids unhappy endings in a novel as satisfying as it is limpidly written. Ray Olson
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Born in New Mexico during the "crossfire hurricane" year of 1968 , Mitch Cullin is the author of eight books of fiction, including the novel-in-verse Branches, The Cosmology of Bing, UnderSurface, and the globe-spanning story collection...

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