455 posts categorized "BOOKS "

Oct 24 2014
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When I moved to NYC 22 years ago, I came to work as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press. I worked for Gordon Van Gelder (who edited science fiction and pop culture books) and the late MichaelDennenyLinda O'Brien (who was a manager of the “grid,” the list of all the company's hundreds of titles). Linda was close to SMP's longtime gay-interest editor Michael Denneny, whose Stonewall Inn Editions imprint published many of the most popular and respected gay books of the '70s and '80s, so I was able to speak with him and even attended a party at his apartment. (As a young gay guy, I will never forget that he proudly had a picture of porn actor Steve Fox on his fridge.)

Michael was someone we looked up to as a pioneer and as a cerebral man whose taste was both literary and commercial. He had to fight to publish books he knew would sell a few thousand copies, and would balance that with books he knew would sell many times that—yet he usually had to fight to publish those as well.

I was so disappointed when, while still working at SMP, my gay novel Boy Culture was not deemed fit to be a part of Stonewall Inn (not by Michael). I still own a lot of the free books that came from Michael's office, a den of literacy and iniquity, not to mention my Divine paper doll book that he published.

Denneny just granted the Lambda Literary Review a long interview. In it, he talks about the state of gay writing today by noting its past:

“[T]he assimilationist wave has been dominant for the last decade, balancing the first decade (the ’70s) dominated by the liberationists–the middle two decades essentially devoted to the fight against AIDS. I suspect these two poles of the culture will always be with us. Which is the right strategy depends on the historical moment. We’ll see what emerges.”

Check out this fascinating interview for more.

 
Oct 23 2014
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Another video in support of the fascinating-sounding documentary Free for All (donate here!) has been released, this one detailing the case of John Perkyns, a homophobe who took to slashing and defacing gay-themed books at a San Francisco library.

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As you'll see in the video, the books were then provided to artists internationally, who turned them into pretty amazing art pieces—check the gallery for a few spectacular examples. What an inspiring way to turn things around...

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Oct 22 2014
Need To Know: Polymorphous Diversity + Michael Sam Isn't Uncut + The Left & Right Places To Live + Renée Zellweger Fails Facial ID + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out the Diversity Rules Indiegogo, unless you're anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureMichael Sam gets cut. :(

*widget boy cultureBest cities for liberals and conservatives.

*widget boy cultureS Club 7 reunion? Jon is now, of course, a sexy, tattooed, muscled clone.

*widget boy cultureLegendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee dies @ 93.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger went to the doctor and had her Renée Zellweger removed.

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*widget boy cultureThe gay subtext of Grant Gustin's The Flash.

*widget boy cultureWhitney's “Queen of the Night” gets a major makeover, too.

*widget boy cultureNick Youngquest is always reliably HOT.

*widget boy cultureGuillermo Diaz's Madonna tat.

*widget boy cultureChela's “Handful of Gold” compared to early Madonna.

*widget boy cultureJeremy Kost's new Polaroid book looks like a must-own.

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Oct 21 2014
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The New Yorker has a visually stimulating piece on the disappearing bookstores of NYC, and there's a nice Madonna mention. The biggest stars I've ever seen in a bookstore were Diane Lane and Josh Brolin.

 
What A Booty Of Work! Comments (0)

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As I work on my upcoming books Starf*cker (Lethe Press, spring 2015) and Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition (spring 2015), please feel free to sample my 99-cent collection of gay erotica from the '90s, Young and Horny.

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Also:

Friend me on Facebook, follow my blog's Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, follow my sexy-guys-on-the-street Instagram, check me out on Vimeo and—if you're okay with (Work Unfriendly) material—you can indulge in my X-rated Tumblr.

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Oct 20 2014
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Jeremy Helligar's name will be familiar to pop culture junkies for his stints at Teen People and (Adult) People, but he's spent the last several years on a self-described “self-imposed exile” from NYC, travleing and living around the world—South America, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Jeremy-HelligarHelligar's journey is not without speedbumps, including racism (the title is a question he has heard way too often), mugging and some uncomfortable sex, the kind you pray won't happen to you but that you enjoy reading about. Also, there are good times, making this an interestingly varied read. It's not linear, it's introspective...and he does not forget to be funny.

I feel like the desire to take time off and discover one's self is a cliché...until one reaches one's thirties and forties and it all makes terrible sense. I'm completing my own memoir so it was illuminating to see how another writer in a similar situation to mine (I also worked at a teen mag, for one thing, but no, it's not true what they say about white men) approched the form.

It's out November 4 officially, but is available for pre-sale now. Check out Helligar's recent Neil Patrick Harris post for HuffPo here.

 
Oct 13 2014
Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy: A Review Of Jessica Mitrani's TRAVELING LADY Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

It's not every day that I'm invited to the U.S. stage debut of a Pedro Almodovar superstar, so how could I refuse when offered the chance to see Traveling Lady, a multi-media presentation by Colombian visual artist/director Jessica Mitrani and Spanish film icon Rossy de Palma? Answer: I couldn't, and I didn't.

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After initially bobbling the invite for me plus-one (sorry, Nathaniel!), I showed up fresh from a full day at New York Comic Con and a quick visit with Don Bachardy to find a long line outside FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55. E. 59th). A passer-by seemed nonplused when I told her we were waiting for a show. “A theatrical performance???” she sputtered. It was as if she knew what was in store for us; we didn't, however, so I went in thinking we were seeing a play while my companion Jason though it would be a movie. We were both kinda right.

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Rossy-de-PalmaWith “Kika” herself!

A part of FIAF's Crossing the Line 2014 series, Traveling Lady turned out to be a singular experience. I wish I had seen it both nights it played to get a firmer grasp on it, but I did divine its staunchly feminist roots, using as a jumping-off point the 19th-Century travels of journalist Nellie Bly. The show made use of a booming female voice-over, outstandingly dazzling projections, a somewhat goofy, talking, 8-foot dress with no body in it (voiced with an insinuating authority by Joan Juliet Buck), original music and all-too-brief appearances by de Palma in the flesh, lip-synching to her pre-recorded recitations.

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De Palma plays more than Bly; it quickly becomes obvious she is embodying various female archetypes. In so doing, she only had to appear briefly, allowing her unique visage to do all the talking. She merely had to stand there in order to give the show a twisted depth. Her presence is so arresting it was shocking later to meet her and see that she herself isn't 8 feet tall.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb0796ee37970d-550wiThe show lagged when it became too esoteric for its own good, but I felt was saved from being a parody of NYC performance art excess thanks to its tongue-in-cheek humor. While it's true enough that some of its odder visuals would have baffled the real Bly (who once feigned insanity in order to explore the depravity of early insane asylums), I felt the show's broad send-up of branding and marketing were spot-on and LOL hilarious. I was also very taken with the show's tangential embrace of passages from the writings of Gertrude Stein (Ida: A Novel), which gave perfect voice to some of Mitrani's visuals.

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All in all, Mitrani and de Palma's collaboration seemed a match made in heaven.

Afterward, we were invited to a champagne toast, at which de Palma was mobbed and a child was given a birthday cake. When I met her and congratulated her on the show, de Palma rasped in her wonderful way, “Wasn't it great???” and enthusiastically posed for photos.

 
Need To Know: Dog Days + Ebola Oops + Tennis Ace + Gaga Drama + Carter Country + MORE! Comments (0)

Nick_BatemanI'm willing to stray down to Puerto Rico in order to be rescued by this crew!

*widget boy cultureLucky Puerto Rican stray dog rescued by Nick Bateman & other models.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama demands review in 2nd U.S. Ebola case.

*widget boy cultureMartina Navratilova honored in NYC.

*widget boy cultureHouse candidate Carl DeMaio blows off sexual harassment charges.

*widget boy cultureDAME NATION: Angelina Jolie receives honor from Queen Elizabeth.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga subject of oddly vitriolic VH1 hit piece.

*widget boy cultureGaga brands Madonna as unhelpful, seems to agree she has no soul.

*widget boy cultureART-ON: Madonna kissing Britney.

*widget boy cultureIn a future where curiosity has been outlawed...

*widget boy cultureJimmy Carter, 90, hits the campaign trail.

*widget boy cultureIowa Senate race tightens.

*widget boy cultureProbably fake Corey Monteith bareback video leaks.

*widget boy culture“Suicidal” August, Osage County actress is missing.

*widget boy cultureThis kid:

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...really knows how to steal scenes. Keep reading to see him in action...

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