351 posts categorized "BOOKS "

Apr 15 2014
Need To Know: We'll Always Have PARIS IS BURNING, F.U. Airways, Logo-Go Boys, MOTHERS Pay + MORE! Comments (0)

Paris-Is-Burning-Sharon-NeedlesSharon Needles, learning she isn't the first queen with a mummified body in her closet.

*widget boy cultureNew book on classic movie Paris Is Burning.

*widget boy cultureU.S. Airways shows disgruntled customer how to go eff herself.

*widget boy cultureGet attached to Logo's short-form series Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached. Girl-gone-wild

*widget boy cultureMadonna does Buzzfeed, word-associates "Putin" with "gay."

*widget boy culture"Girl Gone Wild" is even gayer, more dance-oriented.

*widget boy cultureSky Ferreira is such a tease!

*widget boy cultureYES to this Quinn Jaxon video, NO to this one.

*widget boy cultureAaron Taylor-Johnson, undies model.

*widget boy culturePlease support The Mothers or they'll guilt you to death: 

*widget boy cultureGay Games driving some Cleveland Muslims crazy.

*widget boy cultureSome bookstores are actually thriving. How???

*widget boy cultureRobin Roberts still defending being glass-closeted for so long.

*widget boy cultureKansas City shooter also loathed gays.

*widget boy cultureThat laptop is a lucky bitch.

NakedLaptop...or lapbottom?

 
Apr 14 2014
Need To Know: Stamped Up, Robyn Takes Flight, Will Parker Marie Molloy Still F*cking Hate RuPaul? + MORE! Comments (0)

Tom-of-FinlandIf you can't lick 'im...

Boy-CultureI'm not really one of Tom's Men, but I do love his work...and his stamps!

Boy-CultureLeo DiCaprio busts a move.

Boy-CultureTHIS BLOGGER IS SUCH A SELL-OUT.

Boy-CultureRobyn to release mini-album with Royksopp May 26.

Boy-CultureMadonna as Furby, and a Madonna-fueled orgy.

Boy-CultureA Game of Thrones pre-wedding, two-person feast costs $1,200.

Boy-CultureYou don't got she-mail anymore.

Boy-CultureObama taps Gene Robinson for Easter prayer breakfast.

Boy-CultureChristian Sanchez (below) looks even hotter naked.

Christian7-thumb-500x667-18470Good Christian!

 
Apr 10 2014
Not-So-Average Joe: Out Author Joe Putignano On Conquering Addiction Comments (0)

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With Acrobaddict (Central Recovery Press, $17.95), Joe Putignano has written the kind of memoir you can't put down, but the kind of memoir that you hope no one else will ever have to write. Now an accomplished Cirque du Soleil performer and model and a hard-working student, he Acrobaddictspent a decade as a heroin addict, enduring all of the things that go along with that sorry state—familial rejection, expulsion from school, forced and unsuccessful rehab, inevitable relapse. His life was a mess, and was in danger of ending badly—and early.

Reading about his struggle is ultimately uplifting—he celebrated seven years of sobriety on March 25—and provides valuable insight into how to pull yourself up from the depths, even when you're sure there is no way out.

Check out my interview with this sweet and uniquely connected (he cares about others, believe me, he cares) individual after the jump...

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Need To Know: Horsing Around, Bigots Against Bigotry, Ru-Cap, Andy Hardy Dies A Pauper + MORE! Comments (0)

Nick-BatemanLike, a horse!

*widget boy cultureModel Nick Bateman, of course, of course.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's homeless brother sings one of her hits.

*widget boy cultureTo get Rolling Stone's cover, women must flash. Even Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Kenneth-Walsh

*widget boy cultureHit me up on Instagram!

*widget boy cultureJohnny's Drag Race recaps are a Ru-velation!

*widget boy cultureI'll (very dirty) Tumblr for ya!

*widget boy cultureProposed cover for Kenneth's book was HOTT.

*widget boy cultureFollow Boy Culture on Facebook!

*widget boy cultureRight-wingers scoff at equal pay for equal work.

*widget boy cultureBecause homos are racist.

*widget boy cultureFollow me on Twitter!

*widget boy cultureMale strippers for octogenarians...so what? Hank-Aaron

*widget boy cultureCheck out my videos on YouTube!

*widget boy cultureHank Aaron hits it out of the park with this observation.

*widget boy cultureMICKEY—not ANDY—Rooney died with only $18K in assets.

*widget boy cultureGay-as-hell Laura Branigan remake with video filmed in a sex club? Yes. 

 
Mar 31 2014
Cover To Cover: First & Last Sentences Of Gay Novels & Novellas Comments (0)

Nocturnes-for-the-King-of-NaplesCover by Mel Odom.

What's a “gay book,” anyway?

Is it a book with a gay theme? One with no gay theme but whose author is gay? One specifically about being gay, written by a gay author? Must it be pro-gay, or can it be anti-? Does it count if it's exploitative and prurient?

Faggots-KramerRegardless of your definition, the heyday of the gay novel is behind us. Yes, there are still books by, for, and about gay people, but it's not like in the '70s and '80s, when gay novels took off, or the early '90s, when they'd become a bona fide boom business.

Not long after, they went bust, and the days when you might read a review calling a work of fiction, “The best gay novel of the year!” went with them. As did gay bookstores...when was the last time you were inside a gay bookstore? Were there any woolly mammoth footprints pressed into the clay?

City-and-the-pillar-gore-vidalGore, Gore, Gore...how do you like it, how do you like it?

Part of the reason a booming literary niche was decimated is good—we became less concerned with obsessing over our place in the world as the world became less convinced we were aliens and/or carriers of disease and/or agents of Satan. (Not that a huge chunk of the world doesn't still ponder those questions.) As we have been assimilated, we've become less excited by existentialist literary endeavors and more likely to spring for, say, books about the first time various anonymous narrators had gay sex, or coffee-table books of nude men or books with no discernible gay sensibility at all.

Interview-with-the-VampireBut I miss the days when the gay novel was a big deal. I miss being in my college bookstore and grabbing an Edmund White tome and flipping it to a passage where two farmboys “cornhole” each other, and realizing that it wasn't pornography, but rather was frank, familiar, terrifyingly emotional art.

For fun, I'm including a collection of the first and last sentences of as many gay novels as I could readily lay my hands on. I'm sticking with the books' proper first and last sentences, so am leaving out things like dates and places (“New York, 1983") in the case of books that begin or end with letters, and I'm also ignoring the “hmmm”-inspiring epigraphs that so often appear at the beginning of a novel.

Giovannis_room-frontThese are not meant to be my choices for "the best gay books." But most of my favorite gay novels are included and you will undoubtedly have read and loved many of them.

Actually...how many have you read?

If these tantalizingly brief samples don't make you curious to read some of these books, nothing will.

I would absolutely love to receive your contributions (title, year, author, first line, last line) so I can make this a living post...

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Mar 26 2014
Paging Gracefully Comments (0)

EthelMerman300RGB-691x1024I don't have a lot of time to read, but I'm interested in two current books. First up is Tony Cointreau's memoir with a title that I doubt has been used before: Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa...and Me (Prospecta Press, $24.95). As I've dipped into it, I've been intrigued by Cointreau's troubled but colorful childhood, his career as a singer and his extensive contact with Mother Teresa. His work with Mother Teresa revolved around caring for people with AIDS, a syndrome too many gay men these days seem too eager to want to forget ever existed, let alone still exists.

My old pal Owen Keehnen has cooked up a hilarious novel in Young Digby Swank (Wilde City, $14.99), a comic, Catholic Catcher in the Rye filled with Keehnen's trademark wit and his gift for observation. YoungDigbySwank_cvr-210x330-190x300An area is described as being like what the Garden of Eden was "before Adam and Eve ruined it for everyone," and Digby's desire for teen heartthrobs is summed up thusly:

"Whenever Digby bought the latest issue of Tiger Beat, he'd wait until he was the sole customer near the checkout at the drugstore, and then rush to the counter. Mr. Lister would always clear his throat and say, "Well, um" and adjust his glasses."

What gay kid didn't go through that?

 
Mar 24 2014
Need To Know: The Heart Is A Lonely Tab Hunter, Perez Keeps It Together, Roamin' Ronan, Queen Of The Hill, Heart-Stopping Cocktail + MORE! Comments (0)

TAB-HUNTER-EXERCISE-BIKER-SHIRTLESSPedals on the wind

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Tab Hunter exercising is another reason to get this book.

*widget boy culturePICTURED: Chip Duckett DJs Perez's Madonna-themed b'day in NYC. Perez-Hilton

*widget boy cultureRonan Farrow at NLGJA.

*widget boy cultureBest celebrity-sibling quiz. The. Best.

*widget boy cultureAnita Hill now: "I am not going to stop."

*widget boy cultureVeep Biden speaks out on passing ENDA.

*widget boy cultureYou won't believe this Caesar cocktail.

*widget boy cultureBecause gay people are cool like that.

*widget boy cultureAaron Tveit in South Beach.

*widget boy cultureFamiliar actor James Rebhorn dies @ 65.

*widget boy cultureBest twink butt EVER? (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureIs Gaga's latest extravaganza too much, too late?

*widget boy cultureRussell Adams's cuteness is far easier to locate than MH370.

Russell-AdamsLooking for...love?

 
Mar 23 2014
Failing To Keep Up With The Kardashians Comments (0)

LWREN-SCOTTL'Wren Scott's tragic end sheds light on a common phenomenon

A surprisingly trenchant article about the high price of seeming to live well in cities like NYC and in glitzy social circles. I can certainly relate to foolishly stretching my finances paper thin.

 
Mar 19 2014
Need To Know: Tong For The Lonely, Wet For Pets, The Billionaire Blues + MORE! Comments (0)

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Boy-CultureMatt Williams by Sonny Tong is a thing of beauty.

Boy-CultureFlight MH370 is very likely at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

Boy-CultureKenneth Walsh's Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? reviewed.

Boy-CultureDiversity-themed float snuck into the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade.

Boy-CultureMeet sexy Rob Smith, author of Combat, Closets & Coming Out.

Rob_smithNow that's an author photo.

Boy-CultureDesigner Vivienne Westwood showers for PETA.

Boy-CultureThe Chris Christie scandal actually could get, and has gotten, worse.

Boy-CultureShould M.I.A. pay $16 million for flipping us off during the Super Bowl?

Boy-CultureSORRY/NOT SORRY: Loaded twat sez being rich = being Jewish in Nazi Germany.

Boy-CultureVintage underwear set is snazzy.

Boy-CultureThis (below) is someone you need to follow:

Andre-Hamann2Do fence me in.

 
Mar 17 2014
Twins Speak Comments (0)

Mutti-MewseDouble feature

Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse, authors of I Used to Be in Pictures—a new book about old stars—spend quality time with Jo Good on BBC (starts around an hour and six minutes in). Great if you're a movie buff, great if you're not.