Top 10 books about steroids

Astroturf is a novel – part black comedy, part literary thriller – in which much of the action takes place in the gym and on online bodybuilding and steroid forums. I know it sounds unlikely. But when I became acquainted with the subculture that gathers around those sites, it was clear to me that most of the materials needed to write about contemporary masculinity were focused there. There was an intensified sense of physical life and the possibility of transformation. There were highly charged relationships and codes of behaviour; there were specialised vocabularies concerning weightlifting technique and performance-enhancing drugs. There was the sense of online forums as spaces in which the performance of masculinity had to be constantly reiterated. And there was the dedication to pursuits that to an outsider seem crazy, pointless and excessive, yet have the utmost seriousness for those involved.

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