490 posts categorized "BOOKS "

Apr 26 2015
Need To Know: Nepal Devastation + Obama Slays @ WHCD + Cox Speaks To Jenner + Take 2 Tylenol And Marry Me + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureNepal quake killed 2,500+, devastated historical structures.

*widget boy cultureCheck out this devastating before-and-after picture: 

*widget boy cultureBest WHCD jokes ... and some were gold, including edgy gay ones.

*widget boy cultureCecily Strong basically endorsed Hillary Clinton.

*widget boy cultureLaverne Cox on Bruce Jenner.

*widget boy cultureNew gay-themed novel about brothers.

*widget boy cultureKim Richards enters rehab. Lisa Rinna locks lips, throws away key.

*widget boy cultureTylenol goes red for gay rights!

*widget boy cultureWeiderpass claims Ted Cruz dinner “just happened.”

*widget boy cultureSophia Bush loses ex in Nepal quake.

*widget boy cultureGet to know your Wicked Gay Blog blogger.

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Apr 23 2015
Book 'em: The New Gooch & Signorile Comments (0)

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I wrote to Brad Gooch several months ago to ask him about his late partner Howard Brookner as Img300part of my Encyclopedia Madonnica research. Brookner directed the mostly unseen gem Bloodhounds of Broadway (1988), which he completed at the expense of his health—he was dying of AIDS, but pushed through the process in order to make the film he wanted to make. Sadly, the studio didn't like his film and ordered cuts that weakened it. He died before it hit the theaters.

Brad was kind enough to reply, and mentioned that all questions would be answered in his upcoming memoir, the just-released Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s (Harper, April 2015, $27.99). I'm not sure every Madonna question I had is answered herein, but those questions faded quickly as I read. Gooch has documented his life during an exciting and, as those of us who are a few years younger often forget (the '80s weren't always totally awesome), harrowing time in New York, and has done so with unselfconscious ease that makes his memoir a literary achievement more than a simple biography. It's also more than the bio of a guy who loved a guy who died; it's a bio of guys who loved guys who died, and a bio of New York City.

Gooch's years as an overthinking model, a sexual libertine and, though it wasn't called this then, a husband are beautifully communicated. It's short but impactful, like a poem you didn't realize you'd been waiting your whole life to read and stumbled across by chance. It's Just Kids (2010)-level work, and you should probably be reading it instead of this blog.

My own memoir is coming in a few months. It's not as good as this, nor is it really even comparable, nor should I even try to compare them. Still, I couldn't help thinking I'm glad I don't have anything this heart-breaking to write about, and that I'm humbled by the grace in Brad's insightful writing.

Img301It seemed fitting to write about Michelangelo Signorile's book It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia & Winning True Equality (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, $27) in this post as well. Michelangelo all but invented the concept of outing (giving too many gay people something to fear and to use in order to capitulate to the status quo), but while he didn't invent gay activism, he probably reinvented it. His thoughts on where the struggle for gay rights stands are sobering and empowering. You can read it as a case of our rights being half-fulfilled or half-unfulfilled, but while his argument is that we could lose it if we don't keep working, it never comes across as defeatist or concern-trolly, two descriptors all too applicable to left-wing writing.

It's a kick-ass book for people who are thinking we've already kicked ass. We have some, a lot, but there's more left.

 
Apr 21 2015
Shirley, You're Not Serious Comments (0)

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Now that she's gone, some of Shirley Temple's best stuff is going on tour and will be in a new book. There's nothing morbid about this at all, hater!

 
Apr 15 2015
Need To Know: Hillary United + Jaden Ciccone + Tossing CUCUMBER's Salad + The Bad Old Days + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHillary strengthens her position against Citizens United.

*widget boy cultureJaden Smith proclaims he's “the new male Madonna.”

*widget boy cultureMadonna & Janet Jackson on Square Pegs???

*widget boy cultureRihanna doing coke.

*widget boy cultureLOGO's Cucumber gets some love. (I thought it was like tofu.)

*widget boy cultureIan McKellen's new role.

*widget boy cultureA piece of history for $10,000.

*widget boy cultureKimora Lee Simmons gives birth.

*widget boy cultureNew Brad Gooch memoir: NYC, AIDS, the '80s & more.

*widget boy cultureBELOW: What a view!

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Apr 01 2015
Wired: Classic MOMMIE DEAREST Gifs Comments (0)
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In honor of the news that Faye Dunaway is revisiting Mommie Dearest (1980) in a new memoir, check out some of the best-ever animated gifs that from classic/classically bad film.

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Need To Know: Mommie Issues A Book! + CATFISH Fever + For Ryan, Out Loud + Moore Talent + Kiddie Porn??? + Savage Attack + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFaye Dunaway shocks w/o makeup, sells home, revisits Mommie Dearest.

*widget boy cultureThis revealing pic may make you a Catfish hunter.

*widget boy cultureRyan Gosling inspires beautiful music.

*widget boy cultureJoni Mitchell health crisis. Now in good spirits (which she isn't usually!).

*widget boy cultureElton John's pal defends Indiana anti-gay law.

*widget boy cultureJulianne Moore allegedly canned for bad acting.

*widget boy culture10% of 12- to 13-year-olds addicted to porn?

*widget boy cultureHate group wants Dan Savage sitcom cancelled.

*widget boy cultureWalmart is against the anti-gay law the Arkansas governor is set to sign.

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Mar 29 2015
Desperate...I Love That Word...It's So Romantic Comments (0)

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Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Desperately Seeking Susan, an absolute '80s classic. I could write forever about this movie, which I've seen countless times, and which has so many perfect touches throughout (above and beyond a cooler-than-cool Madonna), but I've just finished writing thousands of words about it in Encyclopedia Madonnica 20; I just completed my first draft of the book today! Now, I'll proof it. Then I'll place photos. Then I'll hand it off for an 8-week design odyssey. Then it will be ready. Excited.

I will post info for those of you who want one and who missed supporting my Kickstarter. I'll have a limited edition available (very limited, since most will go to the Kickstarter supporters), and then a general edition. The difference between them will be the covers and the limited edition will have a special photo section.

 
Mar 27 2015
Need To Know: Saint Joan + Grand Maul + Frankly Depicted + 50 SHADES Shade + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJoan Collins is as surprised as you are that she was made a dame.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand's haters are bitter gays.

*widget boy cultureThe review is in!

*widget boy cultureHow many weenies can smack one face???

*widget boy cultureBooty call.

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*widget boy cultureAmazing post on which movie directors should interpret's Madonna's new songs.

*widget boy cultureI wouldn't waste time directing movies if he was my husband either.

*widget boy cultureAaron Schock and Abraham Lincoln. Same/same.

*widget boy cultureMontana vs. Kochs.

*widget boy cultureAnderson Cooper never hits on me in my memoir.

*widget boy cultureThe House accidentally passed something.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton action figure.

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