In his debut novel, Saying No to Naked Women, the Queens resident weaves a tale of self-discovery through immersion by closing the doors to divisive distractions.
Although it is a work of fiction, Yale draws on his experience spending a summer in a shack in rural Arkansas constructed of used shower curtains in 1974.
“I always wanted to be a farmer and I realized I never had any experience with farming and it seemed to me if I wanted to know if this is for me then I really ought to go where people farmed,” he said.
Despite the absurdity of the situation, Yale said he doesn’t regret his means of finding himself.
“It was affordable, it was interesting and it turned out it was a wise choice,” said Yale, adding that at the time, 10 acres of land cost only $96.
In addition to the protagonist’s experience of man vs. wild, the book explores a young man coming to terms with his Judaism with the help of a magical mentor. It is also notable for its stance against pornography.
“It’s an anti-porn story, among other things,” said Yale. “Porn plays on men’s frustrations and anger but doesn’t help them deal with it. “
But don’t confuse Yale with a righteous finger-wagger: although Yale doesn’t enjoy pornography, he doesn’t think censorship is the answer.
“You need to make a decision for yourself that you’re going to face your problems, you’re going to solve your problems, and you’re going to grow,” he said.
Yale is already at work on two more books. He currently lives in Bayside with his wife and daughter.