What's the only gay American book ever translated and published in Arabic? The collection of eighteen essays Gay Travels in the Muslim World edited by Michael Luongo. Again and again your assumptions will be shattered as the writers take you beyond the simplistic shortcuts of Western media. Gay author actor playwright Marine antiwar peace activist Jeff Key writes about being cruised by local Iraqis while on duty. In other chapters, Arab writers tell their own stories. Michael's essay is about Afghanistan, which he finds welcoming even during war, and he also maintains a separate site called Photos of Afghanistan. In a terrific interview from 2008, he says the most gay-friendly countries are Lebannon, Israel, and sort of Jordan and Morocco, while reiterating this is a book of cultural experience not a travel guide. He has also written a novel called The Voyeur and compiled two other travel anthologies: thirteen adventures in Looking for Love in Faraway Places: Tales of Gay Men's Romance Overseas and eighteen quick shots in Between the Palms: A Collection of Gay Travel Erotica.