52 posts categorized "ELIZABETH TAYLOR"

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 21 2014
Need To Know: Give It To Me In '50s, And The Supremes, Life Gives Us Lemon, Homo-Sexercise + MORE! Comments (0)

55RevengeofCreatureHunky John Bromfield (R) in Revenge of the Creature

*widget boy culture10 most beeefcake-heavy horror flicks of the '50s!

*widget boy culturePossible Supreme Court nominees...should any vacancies occur.

*widget boy cultureWhy the fuck is Don Lemon self-destructing???

*widget boy cultureRyan Gosling to play Busby Berkeley?

*widget boy cultureChad White for Atlantic Men. Chad-White

*widget boy culture"RUBELLA!": Thanks, Jenny McCarthy & Kristin Cavallari.

*widget boy culturePNP? RIP: Bad batch of GHB killing gay Manhattanites?

*widget boy cultureKylie's "Sexercise" turned into a gay fan's wet dream.

*widget boy cultureNick Bateman touches his nipples.

*widget boy cultureChick spends marathon taking hunk pic-withs!

*widget boy cultureBlogger says tomorrow = wonderful, but makes the '90s look outta sight!

*widget boy cultureMike Albo's The Junket is in my future!

*widget boy cultureGay swimmer's tough year.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Like a Prayer, 25 years (!) on.

*widget boy cultureVia pop au cubo: "My name is Dita, I'll be your dermatologist tonight...":

 
Mar 06 2014
Need To Know: Sit On Me Baby One More Time, Russian To Secede, A Total-Miss Hannigan, Starring Harry Styles & Adele Dazeem + MORE! Comments (0)

Britney-Spears-fan-Peter-DeeHave a seat!

Boy-CultureBritney knows how to treat a superfan.

Boy-CultureBIG, FAT LIAR: Christie claims Democrats are the intolerant ones.

Boy-CultureCrimea votes to become part of Russia. This should go over well.

Boy-CultureGhanaian movie posters are beyond.

Boy-CultureTOTALLY AWESOME 2000s: Aaron Carter misses Hilary Duff.

Boy-CultureWhat looks worse, Diaz's "acting" or the kid's "singing"?:

Boy-CultureJohnny Weir & his shady husband take a bite out of crime.

Boy-CultureON THE RADIO: Blogger blah-blah-blahs on the air tonight.

Boy-CultureWill Harry Styles join the Wicked movie?

Boy-CultureFabuous Rock Hudson & Elizabeth Taylor limited editions raise $ vs. HIV:

Rock-Hudson-Elizabeth-TaylorA positively beautiful gesture

Boy-CultureNicole Kidman pretending to be Grace Kelly.

Boy-CulturePrince is no longer cool on any level.

Boy-CultureDarrell Issa is a complete jerk, CBC wants him out.

Boy-CultureDesperately Seeking the Exit returns to NYC, like herpes—but funny!

DSE SQUARE LRGEMaking bloody marys out of rotten tomatoes.

 
Jan 09 2014
Need To Know: Mean Boyz Town, Out In His League, Biggs Dick, Subway Seat Flesh + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAbove: "Mean Boyz," a Mean Girls parody for the ages.

*widget boy culturePremiere league soccer star Thomas Hitzlberger comes out.

*widget boy cultureTrue Blood cast member goes naked.

*widget boy cultureJason Biggs is the anti-Juan Pablo.

*widget boy cultureNYC is now officially dead.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass & his hot fiancé saved a dog last week.

*widget boy cultureNo Pants Subway Ride '14 is upon us.

*widget boy cultureLooking's Russell Tovey messaged Tom Daley support when he came out.

*widget boy cultureEvery successfully funded Kickstarter project ever.

*widget boy cultureReal-life "Ken" and "Barbie" kinda hate each other.

*widget boy cultureMichelangelo Signorile is right: It's not "outing," it's "reporting."

Malcolm-ForbesNewspaper cartoon I saved depicting Elizabeth Taylor & Malcolm Forbes from April 1, 1990

 
Dec 18 2013
Need To Know: Liz & No Dick, R.-Rated, Seth Efron, Hall & Oates Can Go For The Hall Of Fame, Babies With An Attitude + MORE! Comments (0)

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Tayor made?

*widget boy cultureThe point of having a romance with Elizabeth Taylor or Colin Farrell with no sex?

*widget boy cultureR. Kelly would literally do what he wanted, what he wanted with your body.

*widget boy cultureKenneth Cole doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about re: AIDS.

*widget boy cultureWhen Seth Rogen meets Zac Efron. Seth-Rogen

*widget boy cultureTHE END IS HERE: Doomsday preacher croaks.

*widget boy cultureObama is straight, but he can do a double-snap.

*widget boy culture19 best self-titled albums ever.

*widget boy cultureFinally, a "tasteful" gay hookup app. Wait...what?

*widget boy cultureHall & Oates and KISS among Rock Hall of Fame inductees.

*widget boy cultureCNN decides not to swat the dick out of Kathy's mouth.

*widget boy cultureThis baby loooves Madonna's MDNA version of "Vogue":

*widget boy cultureSeeing-eye dog saves master from train tracks.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Michael teases retirement.

*widget boy cultureWhat people did before Instagram.

*widget boy cultureLuca Dotto for Emporio Armani.

Luca-Dotto-Emporio-ArmaniHis name is Luca.

 
Dec 03 2013
Need To Know: Daley Giving Thanks, Throwing Money At AIDS, X Factor Contestant Abuse, No Movie Wants To Be On John Waters's List + MORE! Comments (0)

Tom-Daley-gayWe've got your back, Tom. We're actually in line to get it.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley is "overwhelmed" by support,  ignoring haters.

*widget boy cultureObama pledges $100 million to end the scourge of AIDS.

*widget boy cultureMy Instagram is still filled with hot guys.

*widget boy cultureHow can someone else be missing my boyfriend?

*widget boy cultureGay Ukrainian X Factor contestant attacked/humiliated by Russian thugs.

*widget boy cultureAlong with being gay, dissing Taylor Swift can get you fired.

*widget boy cultureJohn Waters's favorite films of 2013.

*widget boy cultureKate Moss's hot Playboy cover.

*widget boy cultureGaga gets naked. Again.

*widget boy cultureMadonna to direct one in a Ten Commandments-themed movie series?

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation joins forces with Madonna in Malawi.

*widget boy cultureModern letter to Santa.

*widget boy cultureRent out your terrace, get evicted at age 78.

*widget boy cultureIt's time to vote in The 3rd Annual Groovy Awards.

MenDo they have your vote?

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

#99

A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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#98

POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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OBAMA-DADTA good sign

IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 27 2013
Need To Know: Swimwear It's At, Baldwin vs. Fundamentalist Gays, Joan Rivers Hearts Slurs, When Cool Moms Attack + MORE Comments (0)

Marcuse Arrest Me PinkBeach bum.

*widget boy cultureRussell Fleming shoots (and could probably help you shoot) for Marcuse.

*widget boy cultureAlec Baldwin is, 100% without a doubt, a complete idiot.

*widget boy cultureSo is Joan Rivers, defending slurs. "Everyone is something"...leaves out white people.

*widget boy cultureMeanwhile, Joan felt anti-Semite Mel Gibson "should die." What changed? Miley-Cyrus-Wrecking-Ball

*widget boy cultureMulally's the ultimate embarrassing mom in G.B.F.

*widget boy cultureThis has to be a nightmare for Guy Ritchie.

*widget boy cultureChatroulette version of "Wrecking Ball" is sledge-licking good.

BattleOfAmfar_Tune_In[1]First ladies of AIDS.

*widget boy cultureThe Battle of amfAR hits HBO2 on 12/1 (World AIDS Day), HBO on 12/2.

*widget boy cultureI'm thinking Gaga + Muppets = Star Wars + Bea Arthur. Jesus-Luz

*widget boy cultureJesus Luz gets raunchy on Italian Dancing with the Stars.

*widget boy cultureFADE IN: Mazzy Star's first TV performance in 20 years.

*widget boy cultureGay book banned in Singapore.

*widget boy cultureNew fund supports LGBTs in Russia.

*widget boy cultureChris Papas booty call.

Chris-PapasChris his ass!

 
Nov 14 2013
Portia Control: Ellen's Wife Didn't Wanna Be A Lesbian Comments (0)

Portia-de-Rossi

According to Globe (November 25, 2013), Mrs. Ellen Degeneres, aka Portia de Rossi, didn't want to be a lesbian:

"I just didn't want to be a lesbian. I'd never met one for a start, and I just thought they were strange, hated men and were very serious. I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no 'out' celebrities or politicians or anybody I could look up to and go, 'Oh, I could be like that.'"

It's odd a smart, sophisticated, Hollywood actress had such retrograde thoughts as late as 2000, when she would've been in her late twenties. I feel like I skipped that whole self-doubting step. I just always knew that if I were gay, gay was okay.

 
Aug 04 2013
Suddenly This Summer Comments (1)
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From here: I feel like this all the time.