529 posts categorized "BOOKS "

Sep 23 2015
Amazon Race: ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA Is Here! Comments (0)

*******FINACL BW COVER JPEGCover photo by Richard Corman. Book design by Anthony Coombs.

Finally, it's here.

It took a year from the time of my successful Kickstarter campaign, but my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20—an update of my original Madonna bio from 1995—is now finished and ready to be digested, argued about, praised, and trashed ... just like Madonna herself.

If you were one of the people who gave $45 or more to my Kickstarter campaign in fall 2014,or if you bought a book from me via Paypal in July 2015, your Limited Edition, which has an exclusive cover by Pegasus Street Artist that looks like this:


... is either on its way to you or soon will be. IF YOU ORDERED A BOOK AND DON'T HAVE IT 30 DAYS FROM TODAY, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT THAT TIME: matthewrettenmund@gmail.com.

Full disclosure: Because I collected money in advance, I am stuck now having to sit and individually order each of those copies from my printer, one by one. All 500. Yeah. So please be patient, and please know I am impatiently trying to get your book to you. Those people will also receive, separately in the mail, a signed/numbered bookplate. The bookplates look like this:


The first 100 copies get the '70s illustration, the next 100 get the '80s and so on. No one can request the era they want; it's all pre-assigned. Alejandro Mogollo outdid himself on these collectible bookplates, as well as on the 20+ images he contributed to my book.

Here is a sample of a new illustration (not in my book) that Alejandro just did to give you another taste of his brilliance:

12038993_10206629141440273_4163913888625778184_oIllustration by Alejandro Mogollo

The people who paid early got the benefit of a discounted price for a limited version of the book, but the regular edition ($65) is also very cool—the limited edition is 600 pages, while the regular is still 584, and the regular edition has a never-ever-before-seen image of Madonna and her gang circa 1983 on the back cover.

For anyone still interested in a limited edition, I am going to see how many I have left after I ship all my sold copies. It won't be many, so I can't play favorites and alert people individually. My plan is to eBay those last remaining copies so everyone has a chance; and I would eBay however many are left simultaneously so the prices remain sane.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has contributed. Please share this link (and use hashtags #EncyclopediaMadonnica and #EM20) to help me move some books:


I'm seeing my final Rebel Heart Tour show in Philly tomorrow, so this is a big week for closure!

Stay tuned for news of an NYC book party!!!

Sep 20 2015
Jackie Collins, Best-Selling Author & Chronicler Of Hollywood, Dies @ 77 Comments (0)

JackieCollinsOctober 4, 1937—September 19, 2015

I had the good fortune to meet Jackie Collins, Joan's scandalously successful scribbler sister, four years ago. It was a treat because I'd read some of her unapologetically salacious novels as a kid (rummage sales were a great place to find 10-cent copies of The Bitch or The Stud, but I was first in line for the tacky-fab Hollywood Wives) and because in person she turned out to be a down-to-earth doll.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0154356dfdc4970cJackie was the picture of health four years ago.

Collins, who died after a mostly secret battle with breast cancer yesterday at age 77, was just one of the girls, in spite of the glitz and glamour that were her milieu. She talked about binge-watching all the latest buzzed-about TV shows at the event I attended, and proudly introduced us to her GBF.

Joan was my age (!) when she made this deliciously shameless flick!

1 stud tieinThe author had decided not to go public with her cancer battle until the past month, when she felt it couldn't be hidden, which is in stark contrast to the push public figures get to be open and honest about disease to help raise awareness. I think we are all aware of the scourge of breast cancer, which has robbed us of countless women and not a few men, so I respect her decision not to admit she was afflicted in order to live her life instead of living her death.

Hollywood Wives was a precursor to IMDb!

A great dame ... and it doesn't hurt that she was a huge Madonna fan who kept her sister making movies in the '70s. As Sandra Bullock says of her: “Heaven, watch out!”

Sep 18 2015
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Anthony Coombs is the talented guy who took on the herculean task of designing my 600-page Encyclopedia Madonnica (available on Amazon soon). Above, he displays his visual wit. I wouldn't be shocked if this image circulates for years and is taken as being legit.

Sep 09 2015
Why Are Gay Guys Obsessed With Storytelling?: Darryl Stephens On His New Book REQUIRED READING Comments (0)

Mad Hatter; Photo: @ericraptosh #tbt

A photo posted by Darryl Stephens (@darrylstephens) on Aug 27, 2015 at 2:06pm PDT

Darryl Stephens, one of the actors who starred in the film version of Boy Culture (2006), and who is known to many for his titular role in the series Noah's Arc (2005-2006), and/or from the series DTLA (2012), contributes this essay on the occasion of the publication of his first book, Required Reading.

As always, he expresses himself with conviction and intelligence. I'm honored to include his work on the site.—Matt

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.09.55 AMI recently wrote and published a book called Required Reading: How to Get Your Life for GoodIt’s part memoir, part motivational, and intended for anyone who might be interested in discovering how I’ve managed to make it to 41 years old as an unapologetic, openly gay black man. 

Since Noah’s Arc first aired ten years ago, I’ve been hearing from people from all over the world, asking my advice on dating/relationships, or coming out to their families/friends, or navigating their careers as openly LGBT artists. The visibility that series provided me really opened my eyes to how many people are really struggling with these issues.

Initially, my book was going to be more “Dear Abby” in tone, as I’d planned to include people’s real questions on topics affecting the LGBT community and then share my advice as tidy, politically correct, inspiring responses. But as I was writing, I realized that without the context of how I came to reach these various understandings, readers would have no reason to consider my opinion worthy of their consideration. Personalizing the lessons by rooting them in my own experiences, be they “failures” or “successes,” seemed to make my conclusions more relatable. Making it personal also allowed for the tone to be more conversational, which meant that I could be honest about the things I’m still struggling with, rather than throwing advice down from the proverbial mountain top.

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Sep 03 2015
Need To Know: Speak Softly, Carry A Big Selfie Stick + Girls' Locker Room Boycott + Look At Me, I'm Sandra B. + Hairy Situation + CELEBRITY BIG Blunder + MORE! Comments (0)

That-Darn-Cat-classic-disney-18061174-1067-800Dean Jones (January 25, 1931—September 1, 2015) in That Darn Cat! (1965)

*widget boy cultureDisney-movie veteran Dean Jones dies @ 84. Images

*widget boy culturePresident Obama employs dictatorial selfie stick in Alaska.

*widget boy cultureHigh schoolers betray trans classmate, stage walk-out over locker access.

*widget boy cultureOfficers to be tried separately for Freddie Gray death.

*widget boy cultureSandra Bullock's new beau is HOT.

*widget boy cultureNothing comes between Joshua Michael Brickman and his jeans: Images


#NothingButJeans by @sergeleephoto for @fashionablymale, styled by @according2kai I will love you 'till the end of time.

A video posted by Joshua Michael Brickman (@joshuambrickman) on Sep 2, 2015 at 5:07pm PDT

*widget boy culturePre-order my new book!

*widget boy cultureChristina Applegate as Meryl Streep = priceless.

*widget boy cultureIf you like hairy dudes, you'll LOVE him.

*widget boy cultureCelebrity Big Brother UK almost let Janice Dickinson die on camera.

*widget boy cultureJames Haskell combats homophobia in his way. Images


Aug 31 2015
Need To Know: Legal Cumuppance + Tragic Fall + AWAKENINGS Author's Final Chapter + Zac's Movie Hasn't A Prayer + On The Glam + Madame Prez + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 4.03.31 PMSee you in court!

*widget boy cultureShould you be able to sue porn actors for f*cking raw? Images

*widget boy cultureBroadway mourns 21-year-old Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Images

*widget boy cultureAwakenings ('73; '90 film) author dies at 82 of cancer.

*widget boy cultureTyson Beckford is a hot-as-hell stripper!

*widget boy cultureMadonna longbox CDs just $3.99!

*widget boy cultureZac's passion project tanks, Christian movie soars. Images

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 4.00.40 PMAll those pictures of Zac half-nekkid didn't help his movie. At all.

*widget boy cultureCandis Cayne explains why Caitlyn hadda be glam. Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 11.28.58 PMImages

*widget boy cultureSebastian Bach outgrows “AIDS: Kills Fags Dead.”

*widget boy cultureChrissie Hynde gives thumbs-down to rape-me heels.

*widget boy cultureHillary locking up Democratic Party elites.

*widget boy cultureTouching story of the boy who cradled RFK in death.

*widget boy cultureGrace Jones in her prime was just [jaw drops, no words come]. Images

THROWBACK THURSDAY! The incomparable Grace Jones appeared on the WPIX disco dance show "Soul Alive" in 1977! Check out...

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Aug 26 2015
Need To Know: Sucks To Be Rentboy.com + Duggar's Rough Year + Self-Proclaimed Victim Turns Executioner + M4M Bonding + Those Arms! + Hillary's Landslide + Bieber Wannabe Dies + MORE! Comments (0)

RENTBOYDiana Milagros Mattos & Rentboy.com founder Jeffrey Hurant in March 2015 (no rights given to use photo)

*widget boy cultureRentboy.com raided, shut down, its employees arrested and charged. Images

*widget boy cultureHuge-hung escort reacts to Rentboy.com raid. My March trip to the Hookies.

*widget boy cultureWhy should the Dept. of Homeland Security bust Rentboy.com 18 YEARS in?

*widget boy cultureJosh Duggar may have roughed up a porn star.

*widget boy cultureReporter & cameraman killed on camera; alleged shooter kills blank.

*widget boy cultureCowardly killer has history of alleging bullying/racism/abuse/wah. Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 9.02.19 PM

*widget boy cultureStrip tennis with Rafael Nadal. Images

*widget boy cultureThis KY clerk thinks opposite-sex marriage is worth dying for.

*widget boy cultureThis other KY clerk's stand against gay marriage just up and died.

*widget boy cultureUFC fighter modeled nude. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy culturePierce Brosnan dubious a gay Bond would be allowed.

*widget boy culturePERFECT BICEPS right here.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump dumps Univision broadcast legend from presser. Images

*widget boy cultureHillary's poll numbers have not dipped, yo.

*widget boy cultureIf the election were held today, nominee Clinton would kick ass.

*widget boy cultureHillary says private e-mail server “wasn't the best choice.”

*widget boy cultureInside the Biden guessing game, plus: Obama leaning Hillary?

*widget boy cultureGay refugees address U.N.

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell's daughter, Chelsea, leaves to live with birth mom.

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber-obsessed Toby Sheldon has been found dead.

*widget boy cultureMark Segal's And Then I Danced sounds like a gay-media must-read memoir!

*widget boy cultureMy trip to Maui has alohijacked my Instagram! Images

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 8.08.36 PMCatch of the day!

Aug 17 2015
STARF*CKER In The (212) Comments (0)


Now that blogger Kenneth has an advance copy of my forthcoming memoir Starf*cker, it's too late for me to take any of it back! It drops November 1, 2015.


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