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81. Beautiful Shadow : A Life of Patricia Highsmith
by Andrew Wilson
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Asin: 1582344116
Catlog: Book (2004-04-17)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Sales Rank: 230209
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her "peerlessly disturbing" thrillers and short stories. Yet even as her work has found new popularity in the last few years, the life of this famously elusive writer has remained a mystery.

For Beautiful Shadow, the first biography of Highsmith, British journalist Andrew Wilson mined the vast archive of diaries, notebooks, and letters she left behind, astonishing in their candor and detail. He interviewed her closest friends and colleagues as well as some of her many lovers. But Wilson also traces Highsmith's literary roots in the work of Poe, noir, and existentialism, locating the influences that helped distinguish Highsmith's writing so startlingly from more ordinary thrillers. The result is both a serious critical biography and one that reveals much about a brilliant and contradictory woman, one who despite her acclaim and affairs always maintained her solitude.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Weird, Unkind, and Dissolute
"She was a weird, unkind, dissolute person." This is how her goddaughter remembers Patricia Highsmith, and after reading Andrew Wilson's biography, I think so, too. But there were all those books and stories. . .

In Beautiful Shadow (a reference to the name of Ripley's home in France, Belle Ombre), Wilson describes quite a lot of Highsmith's writing, so by the end of the book, you may have a long list of novels and stories to look for. He examines her influences, her relationships (romantic and otherwise), and her many quirks.

Highsmith was never very popular in the U.S., at least until the recent movie The Talented Mister Ripley, came out after her death. She was more successful in Europe, where fans even recognized her in the street. Perhaps this explains why she lived most of her adult life in Europe. She was never very comfortable anywhere, even in her own body, according to those who knew her, but she seemed less uncomfortable in Europe.

What sort of a mind comes up with the sort of strange, compelling stories that Highsmith did, with their amoral and still often sympathetic characters? Wilson goes a long way toward answering that question in this biography, but some questions remain unanswered, and maybe it's better that way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting Biographical Study
Fans of Patricia Highsmith's dark and disturbing fiction will undoubtedly find Andrew Wilson's biography an absolutely fascinating if occasionally harrowing reading experience. Highsmith's life was far from a happy one, in fact in many ways it could be charitably described as a disaster. Wilson movingly details her sad, troubled childhood and adolescence during which Highsmith developed an obsession with gruesome death and decay that would haunt her short stories and novels. As an adult, her many sexual encounters always ended in unhappiness. With advancing age, Highsmith became ever more distrustful and ultimately hateful of humankind. Wilson portrays a supremely talented but cold-hearted, misanthropic woman who was eminently unlikeable, even downright detestable. (One of Highsmith's publishers describes her as "the most odious woman I've ever met.") All of this sadness and despair makes us understand and appreciate her disturbing creations all the more. In addition to providing us with a detailed glimpse into the strange life of one of the finest contemporary thriller writers, Wilson adds much to our appreciation of her art by providing concise and revealing analyses of her best works. So good is this exhaustive biography that once you've finished it you'll want to immediately pick up a copy of NOTHING THAT MEETS THE EYE (or any of the other currently available Highsmith collections) and renew your acquaintance with this excellent, morbidly captivating writer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fine for Fans
This is an impressive work of conjecture based on interviews, diary notes and the author's obvious adoration of his subject. Unfortunately, much of it seems only that: his opinion and theory. As interesting as the work of the prolific Highsmith continues to be, the writer herself comes off pretty thoroughly unlovable and not altogether fascinating. The good news, however, is that the biography succeeds in stimulating one's desire to explore Highsmith's works beyond the RIPLEY stories and STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. I've already ordered several and look forward to reading them.

5-0 out of 5 stars The wait is over
This is probably the most insightful, compulsively readable, scholarly biography I've ever read. It delves deep into the heart of the elusive, mysterious Patricia Highsmith and provides answers to all the most important questions. Where did Highsmith get her ideas from? How did she transform her life into art? What made her the woman she was?

It's obvious that I'm not the only one who thinks so. Paul Bailey in the Sunday Times (1 June, 2003) called it 'exemplary' and a 'triumph'. Craig Brown - who met Highsmith on a number of occasions - writes in the Mail on Sunday, 8 June 2003, that this is a 'masterly, utterly absorbing biography...One of the many virtues of Wilson's biography is the seriousness with which he takes the novels, showing them to be deeply attuned to the strange rhythms of guilt, jealousy and fantasy that affect all of us in different ways.'

He also says: 'Now that she is dead, Wilson has delved with extraordinary diligence, and everything he has unearthed is remarkable.....'

The distinguished novelist PD James, in the Sunday Telegraph, 8 June, says this:
'Andrew Wilson's fascinating, beautifully balanced and meticulously researched biography examines the dark obsessions which gave rise to Ripley, telling us as much as we are ever likely to know about Highsmith the woman and bringing us as close to understanding the writer as we are ever likely to get.'

I can't imagine any other biographer getting as close to his subject as this. Don't wait for anything else. Buy this book - now. ... Read more


82. Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar's Unusual Niece
by Joan Schenkar
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Asin: 0465087728
Catlog: Book (2000-10-25)
Publisher: Basic Books
Sales Rank: 590525
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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She was lovely, sophisticated, and famous for her witty conversation,even in a social circle that was known for its fabulous talkers. The only childofOscar Wilde'sdissipated older brother Willie, Dolly Wilde (1895-1941) led a life asscandalous and glittering as her uncle's: she, too, loved her own sex, and herlongest romantic relationship was with American heiress Natalie Clifford Barney,who was host of the most important Parisian literary salon of the 20th century.Unfortunately for Dolly's posthumous reputation, she "was an artist of thespoken word" whose only written legacy was her marvelous correspondence. Quotingliberally and perceptively from those letters, American playwright Joan Schenkarbrings Wilde to life in a modernist biography that is written in prose assparkling as Dolly's fabled bons mots. Schenkar eschews conventionalchronology to consider Wilde's life thematically, from her lesbianism to hertaste for smart society to her self-destructive identification with Uncle Oscar.She reminds us just how remarkable and accomplished were the women at Barney'ssalon (journalistJanet Flanner,novelistDjuna Barnes, andartistMina Loy, among them)and how much they esteemed Dolly Wilde. Yet, her biographer downplays neitherWilde's addiction to drugs nor the sad loneliness of her death (possibly from adrug overdose) at age 45. This is essentially a tale of "squandered gifts andlost opportunities," Schenkar acknowledges, but she successfully provokesreaders to share her admiration for Wilde's prodigal generosity with both hertalent and her affections. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wildly brilliant biography
With "Truly Wilde," author Joan Schenkar has reinterpreted and redefined the possibilities of the biographical form. Her strategy in recreating the world of Parisian intellectual and artistic salons in which Oscar Wilde's niece Dolly flourished in the 1920s - most notably Natalie Barney's Academie des Femmes - is stunningly iconoclastic, deeply compelling, and brilliantly written. From a base of scrupulous and capacious research, from interviews with primary sources and access to original documents, illustrated with a fascinating array of photographs, Schenkar uses a thematic rather than chronological approach to bring Dolly Wilde and her world to life, and to follow with fierce attention the course of her descent to a lonely death in London at the age of 45. Ms. Schenkar does not feel bound by academic niceties. Her book is rich in the odd detail - a palm reading, for instance, or a favorite recipe - that make that era and those brilliant characters as luminous as real life. In her hands, Dolly Wilde becomes a memorable and ultimately mysterious force of nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars For The Intelligent Reader
There is nothing like pleasure to motivate a book review and I took an enormous pleasure in reading -- and then in instantly re-reading - TRULY WILDE. This book gives such a precise and poetic view of the seductive and fascinating Dolly Wilde and such a generously ducumented look at the period in which she flourished -- a period in which conversation was still an art and identity was something that could still be invented - that you really feel yourself feeling with and for Dolly. It's an exemplary, inventive biography. And the photographs are wonderful.

Truly Wilde assumes that its readers delight in language and ideas and bring to it a certain intelligence. I presume that this refreshing approach accounts for the stellar reviews on the book jacket by such brilliant writers as Jeannette Winterson and Edmund White; I presume that it also accounts for the few, suspiciously vitriolic comments found on this site - which seem to be motivated by something other than a desire to share an opinion.

I HIGHLY recommend TRULY WILDE to all lovers of pleasure who like to think: this book, this life will reward you a thousand times over.

5-0 out of 5 stars meaning without words...a wisp of a shadow
How do you relate the life of someone who never stepped forward from the shadows of her disgraced uncle, Oscar Wilde? Someone who sparkled like a thousand shards of a broken mirror on a sunlit day?
Dolly was a wisp of a shadow, mesmerizing, bewitching permanently etching herself into onto one's memory with her mere presence. Those who knew her well, Janet Flanner, Natalie Barney, Honey Harris - true wordsmiths all- struggled to explain her enigmatic aura. Captivating, enchanting - adjectives repeated over and over in a vain attempt to eplain her effect on all she met.
Her magic was her brilliant conversation, her charming turn of phrase, the impermanence of flowing dialogue that she wouldn't or couldn't commit to paper. She lived and died in 'The Moment' nothing else mattered. Her flame burned bright and then was gone - a willing(?) or fated victim to excesses she could not (and would not) control and the ravages of a body aged long before its time. Suicide? accident? Murder? The myth and truth of 'Wilde' consumed her all the same.
This biography isn't linear because Dolly didn't live her life linearly. Her life was moments of sight and sound and fury that the author captures completely.
How do you truly explain the unexplainable? This book is at it's best a series of half glimpses, whispered hints, or even dim reflections in mirrors (Dolly hated mirrors)of someone so busy 'living in the moment' that after that glorious moment she was gone with only the faint trace of pleasure and grace.
And somehow all that works and works well, this book recreates her life so much more then a dry recording of droning facts could ever capture of such a glorious spirit. No such dullness For Dolly Wilde! I highly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Truly Milde
In the spirit of Schenkar's grasping at straws to add pages to her book, I'd like to provide a recipe of my own:
How to Bore and Infuriate a Reader
Take 1 very interesting character
Add vast amounts of filler and repetition
Lard with half-baked postmodern theory
Heap in generous amounts of self-satisfaction
Infer that you've egregiously taken advantage of Nathalie Barney's elderly and generous housekeeper
Stir it all up with bad prose.
Half-bake and serve forth to an unsuspecting audience.

1-0 out of 5 stars A disaster
This is without a doubt the worst book I have ever read. The author's cohorts seem to have agreed upon "experimental" as the operative descriptor for this abomination. In these tedious pages, however, "experimental" means only this: bad research, no facts, meandering/aimless prose, lack of direction, and disorganization. Oh, yes, how could I forget? It also means enormous amounts of filler at the end, including recipes and a handprint analysis-all, no doubt, in an attempt to meet contractual obligations to the publisher for a page count.

Don't take my word for it. Read the New York Times book review that appeared when this book was first published. It was written by a well-known lesbian feminist, and one would expect the reviewer to be sympathetic. Instead, she ripped this book to shreds. Deservedly so, in my opinion. ... Read more


83. Dear Juliette: Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley
by May Sarton, Juliette Huxley, Susan Sherman, Francis Huxley
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 298121
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The poet May Sarton's reputation took a nosedive after her death in 1995 and the unflattering biography (by Margot Peters) that followed. The publication of her tender, revealing letters has managed to arrest this decline. Susan Sherman, who edited Sarton's Selected Letters, 1916-1954, now offers insight into Sarton's most profound and affecting romance, with Juliette Huxley, the Swiss-born wife of the English scientist Sir Julian Huxley. May and Juliette met in 1936, while May was involved with Julian. Their love affair culminated in one passionate week in Paris in 1948, after which--hurt by May's angry threat that she would tell Julian--Juliette broke off the relationship. After Julian Huxley's death in 1976, they began to write one another again and kept in contact until Juliette's death. As May Sarton wrote in old age, "I have had many lovers, many friends since I was 25 and met Juliette Huxley, but none has so nourished the poet and the lover as she did, the incomparable one." The book includes drafts of introductions by May Sarton and excerpts from a few of Juliette Huxley's responses to Sarton. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dear Juliette: Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley
In this book of letters, rich in description of life before, during, and after the war, Sarton's inner climate and varied landscape are revealed in fascinating detail. Readers find fertile ground for contemplation of who Sarton really was and why this friendship endured. *Dear Juliette* contains extraordinarily detailed notes researched by Susan Sherman who is knowledgeable about her subject from both personal and scholarly perspectives. Providing a palette of color and shading in emotional texture as well as factual background, Sherman's notes add tremendous depth to the story Sarton tells. The preface gives the reader insightful information about Sarton's complicated temperament and brings clarity and understanding to the canvas. This is Sarton at her best: with the transparency she so valued telling her readers about the most remarkable love of her life.....her dear Juliette.

5-0 out of 5 stars Herculean Task
From Erika Pfander Director of the Chamber Theatre of Maine; Director and Producer of May Sarton's only plays: "The Music Box Bird" and "The Underground River"

DEAR JULIETTE; LETTERS OF MAY SARTON TO JULIETTE HUXLEY

Readers of May Sarton-whose numbers are legion- must indeed be grateful for Susan Sherman, the gifted editor of this exquisite book. As official editor of Sarton's letters Ms. Sherman is undertaking the herculean task of compiling and editing Sarton's voluminous correspondences: it is clear from what she has given us in this richly rewarding volume(and,two previous volumes: May Sarton: AMONG THE USUAL DAYS and MAY SARTON; SELECTED LETTERS (1916-1954), that she is uniquely qualified for the task.

Sherman is a writer of grace,wisdom,and integrity-evidenced by her sensitive selection of letters and photographs, and her illuminating notes and preface. This volume is a gift to all Sarton's readers, for the letters let us hear Sarton's voice at every stage of her life. While the journals, which have moved and inspired so many-with their bracing honesty,intelligence,and keen observation of nature (human and otherwise)-are full of the richness and challenges of daily life in her middle and late years, their references to the past are memories.

Her letters, however, are those memories, as well as each day's life as it was lived, and they reveal her ardent, vibrant mind and sensitive spirit. Throughout her life she was a seeker of beauty,justice,and truth-and thus was vulnerable to(but not diminished by) heartache and disappointment. Her involvement with the Huxleys spanned the years 1936-1948; her deep love for, and abiding friendship with Juliette survived a 25 year silence,and when renewed-lasted until Juliette's death,a year before May's own death in 1995. What a delicate balance, that three-way relationship [Julian-May-Juliette]-and what a privilige to be given an intimate view of this remarkable friendship between two extraordinary women set against extraordinary times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dear Juliette: an evocation of the "ethos of a love affair"
Susan Sherman, editor of Dear Juliette, was bequeathed the challenge of bringing to life Sarton's relationship with Juliette Huxley. Too frail and in ill health to complete the process of selecting and editing hundreds of letters and completing an introduction that would preface this story, Sarton asked Ms. Sherman to complete the work. As editor of previous volumes of Sarton's unpublished poems and letters, including May Sarton Among the Usual Days and May Sarton: Selected Letters 1916-1954, Ms. Sherman was well qualified to bring this project to fruition, the results of which are this monumental achievement presenting the immortalization of the "ethos of a love affair." In a letter written to Juliette in 1937 Sarton comments: "How difficult it is to love well - to know when it is better to be silent, that even joy can strain the heart so frightfully - though in general everything that denies life seems false to me." (63)* That comment sums up a great deal of Sarton's feelings about human relationships and would remain essentially the same throughout her life. She could not deny love, regardless of the pain, suffering, fear or misunderstanding that may develop. Sarton first met the Huxleys, Julian and Juliette, in 1936. This meeting would change her life forever. Ironically, she first shared a love affair with Julian Huxley, biologist and then Director of the London Zoo. It was through this affair that Sarton grew to realize her real passion was reserved for women, as she explained to Julian in a letter: ". . . there is a part of me perhaps the writing part that needs a woman as a man needs a woman. ... However much one loves there are things one can't do against one's own spirit." (70) It was the writing part of her, the poet, who fell in love with Juliette. Juliette became Sarton's muse as poetry flowed from her pen. "One of the great virtues [of poetry] is that power to say an apparently unsayable thing quite simply." (44) Yet this love, as intense and powerful as it was, was not destined to be fully reciprocated. Juliett's fear and misunderstanding eventually dictated a twenty-seven year separation which was only overcome upon the death of Julian Huxley in the mid 1970s. Eventually May Sarton and Juliette Huxley were reuinited, the circle of the ethos of their love affair was completed. The intervening years of silence had not destroyed the love Sarton held for Juliette, it had just tempered it. ". . . the pain is no longer acute; joy is no longer as intense as one looks back." (295) But the letters and poetry that were written around this passionate friendship remain and are a testament to its endurance. They underscore Sarton's presceint statement from 1948: "I would race through the years to meet you at the other end." (241) *page numbers are from the text of Dear Juliette Lenora P. Blouin Author: May Sarton: A Bibliography Scarecrow Press, 1978 Forthcoming: May Sarton: A Revised Bibliography Scarecrow Press, 2000

5-0 out of 5 stars Fine biography and autobiography of May Sarton
DearJuliette: Letters of May Sarton to Juliette Huxley is both biography and autobiography, plus a rich example of the nearly lost art of letter-writing. May Sarton wrote to Juliette Huxley between the years 1936 and 1948, then resumed in 1976 until about a month and a half before her beloved Juliette died in l994. These letters reveal the growth of the human being, May Sarton from the age of 23 until she was in her eighties: the breath of her interests, her passions, her humor, her anquishes and most of all her deep love for a remarkable woman, Juliette. In her preface and footnotes, the editor Susan Sherman, broadens the scope of the book into a biography by filling in the details about the people and events that May writes of. As both women were fluent in French, May often slipped into that language as she wrote. Susan Sherman┬╣s translations are extremely helpful. This is a book one wants to own, so to savor a few delightful (and some very sad) letters at a time. As a whole it reveals a much more truthful picture of May Sarton than Margot Peters┬╣ recent biography. ... Read more


84. Memoirs of a Race Traitor
by Mab Segrest
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Catlog: Book (1994-05-01)
Publisher: South End Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Must Respond
I write this review to praise Mab Segrest's brilliant, beautiful writing: stylistically lovely, deeply insightful, politically powerful. This book is a must read for anyone invested in US cultural politics from the perspective of a passionate activist and incredibly talented writer (and speaker -- I had the privilege of seeing Mab live and she's FABULOUS).

1-0 out of 5 stars Disgusting and contemptible
This book showcases the filthy ravings of a truly degenerate "human being." Read it for insight into the mind of a truly depraved individual.

5-0 out of 5 stars A huge amount of information!
This diary is fast moving and entertaining, yet it doesn't lose it's impact. Mab Segrest is an activist who has been working against the fascist right for many years. Her focus has been primarily on issues related to race, but she also touches on issues related to being a lesbian. Mab was raised in a family who actively worked to prevent the desegregation of schools, so her diary includes some interesting insights into what it's like to be actively working on political and social fronts that are opposite to those held by your immediate family. She also clearly and completely describes some heartbreaking work she did in the 80s - work that involved investigating the murders of several people, some of which were her friends and mentors. The events and the governmental abuses that led to these deaths are disturbing, yet described without a hint of sensationalism or propaganda - just honesty, and sorrow. The book ends with a 100 page history of the USA in in the past few decades, with an emphasis being placed on race relations and gay and lesbian issues. There's a lot of information in this little biography, and all of it's extremely well written. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


85. Close to the Knives : A Memoir of Disintegration
by DAVID WOJNAROWICZ
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Catlog: Book (1991-05-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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In Close to the Knives, David Wojnarowicz gives us an important and timely document: a collection of creative essays -- a scathing, sexy, sublimely humorous and honest personal testimony to the "Fear of Diversity in America." From the author's violent childhood in suburbia to eventual homelessness on the streets and piers of New York City, to recognition as one of the most provocative artists of his generation -- Close to the Knives is his powerful and iconoclastic memoir. Street life, drugs, art and nature, family, AIDS, politics, friendship and acceptance: Wojnarowicz challenges us to examine our lives -- politically, socially, emotionally, and aesthetically.

"David Wojnarowicz is brilliantly attuned to American talk and responsive to the moods and innovations of society's truants. He also has the best conscience of any writer I know. This fierce, erotic, haunting, truthful book should be given to every teenager immediately." -- Dennis Cooper

"Wojnarowicz's writing fairly smokes with acrid ironies. It's passionate and personal." -- New York

"Everyone should read Close to the Knives to understand the overall political agenda behind suffering, whether that suffering occurs because of a dysfunctional family, religion, or government. Wojnarowicz explores all of his painful life experiences as a plea for all of us to become more compassionate and caring human beings. This isn't just David's story, it's our story, our nation's story." -- Karen Finley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite artists
I first discovered Wojnarowicz in a "Village Voice" article in 1990. Everything about his work intrigued me. He had a passion for life, and a sort of well-placed fury that is invigorating without being negative and worked in almost every type of art medium possible. I did a Master's thesis on his works that include photography and writing in 1994.

I first picked up _Close to the Knives_ over 10 years ago and I've thumbed through it many times since. It's a combination of stories, essays, talks, and catalogue entries. The beginning is a bit difficult because there isn't a lot of punctuation. But the stories begin to slowly make sense, and get more grammatically correct. Throughout his writing wanders from being angry, scathingly funny, to erotic and back again.

I'd recommend him to anyone interested in gay/lesbian writing, outsider art, the history of AIDS and the anti-NEA battles in the early 90s. Apparently his estate is releasing more writings as time goes on, so I'm not up to date on everything available. But _Memories That Smell Like Gasoline_ is good, although depressing.

Books on his visual art are _Fever_ and _Tongues of Flame_ (both museum catalogues), and _Brush Fires in the Social Landscape_ (a book with essays by friends and great photos published by Aperture photography magazine). I can't easily describe his visual work, but he had a great visual style, a wonderful sense of composition. Early on he exhibited graffiti type paintings, and explored photography/writing more from the late 80s onwards. I like his photography the best, usually including his writing. He died of an AIDS-related illness July 22, 1992.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Mortal Coil
Enter the young male prostitute, performance artist, author, street monger, and angry prophet. He was all of these things and more until AIDS finally claimed him. But with Close to the Knives, he has left us all a very precious legacy--a frame of reference that begs us to truly witness the politics of suffering in American society and become more compassionate in the process. His omnivorous approach to our culture is dizzying, enraging, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous, heartbreaking, and very very necessary. When I finished reading it, I turned it over and started again. I will never be the same.....I have been galvanized.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Rude Awakening of a Sophomore
Close to the Knives is an extremely explicit book on homosexual reations that include very violent behavior. It is about a man who is a prostitute and sells himself to make money. One should know before reading it that it is a pornagraphic book that pushes another life style on others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changed my life
i read this book the summer Wojnarowicz died. I was living in New York City by myself, I was 18, and I had barely been out of Texas up until that time. This book made an indelible impression on me regarding what it is to be Queer in America. It is a beautifully written book, full of anger and wisdom. Every young person should read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, most beautiful memoir about AIDS.
David Wojnarowicz (pronounced "Wanna-row-its") was what used to be called a Renaissance Man. I use the past tense for two reasons: 1) he died before he could fulfill his potential, and 2) the very notion of a Renaissance, an artistic rebirth subsequently institutionalized, was both hateful to him and utterly appropriate. He wrote, painted, sculpted, took pictures, performed, sang in a band. He became famous, briefly, before his death, and knew a lot of famous people, from musicians to academicians, particularly in downtown NYC. With no training, he simply had a flair for creativity in general, turning the painful and difficult material of his life as an abused child, disadvantaged citizen, hustler, and person with AIDS into some of the most incisive, arresting, heartbreaking work. In _Close to the Knives_, Wojnarowicz does it just right: he tells it like it is, without sentimentalizing or self-pity, but gives his controversial subjects, including his unhappy sex life and the agonzing deaths of friends, a sublimity and meaningfulness that puts most other such memoirs in the shade. It's experimental while being accessible, angry while compassionate, explicit while gentle. A collection held tightly together by the force of Wojnarowicz's personality and talent, _Close to the Knives_ is all the more compelling for the promise it offered of its author's future, which has had its own sort of rebirth in the form of Wojnarowicz's enduring fame. It's simply one of my ten favorite books of all time: a book I'll continue to teach, and to read for its convulsive beauty, as long as I live ... Read more


86. Why the Long Face? : The Adventures of a Truly Independent Actor
by Craig Chester
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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If you are a fan of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs you're going to love Craig Chester. With a laugh on nearly every page, Chester encapsulates his life growing up in the bible belt to being crowned the king of independent cinema into seventeen pitch perfect comic essays that like-it-or-not are all real experiences from his life.

If you're embarrassed to laugh-out-loud in public read this book at home.

Includes trips in a conversion van with a backseat porto-potty!Speaking in tongues! Apocalypse watching with buckets of KFC! S*!% throwing monkeys! Pureed Thanksgiving dinner. Diana Ross! Alien abduction! And a healthy dose of throwing up.
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5-0 out of 5 stars No long face here! This book is more than wonderful
OK, it's probably not fair of me to write here because: a) I read the first draft of this book and b) I'm in it. But here goes:

Not even 40 (OK, not even CLOSE to 40), Craig has lived at least three lives already. This book only touches the tip of the iceberg. Craig has already proven his acting mettle in God knows how many films; now he proves that his writing is even better. (I told you this in 1988, but...oh well...) Perhaps only people who have truly touched the dark side of life can acquire a really razor-sharp and hysterical wit about their down sides. (Is it a coincidence that tortured-til-she-dropped Judy Garland was also able to laugh even in the face of the most outrageous adversity?)

Craig proves he doesn't sweat the small stuff, because he's dealt so very amusingly with tons of big stuff. But even at his lowest point, Craig makes it all sound so FUN you wish you'd been there, too. The biggest compliment I can give to Craig is this: Even if I never knew you and hadn't been at least on the periphery of much of what you describe, I would have still eaten this book with an obscenely huge appetite. I forced myself to only read 20 pages a day to make sure it would last. I can say that about very few authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!!
I absolutley loved this book. I thought the title was intriguing so I bought it. I was delighfully surprised. Mr. Chester is one of the best writers I have had the privelege to read in a long time. This book is hilarious, touching and insightful. I hope he writes another book soon. We need more writers like him. I have not laughed nor been moved so much by a book in a very long time. Kudos to you Mr. Chester for writing such a wonderful book and sharing your fascinating life with us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much! With the exception of a particular sad point in his life, Craig Chester's story was incredibly entertaining. Considering my reading was done mainly outdoors, I received numerous wondering looks from people around me because I would burst out laughing! Craig Chester puts his words in such a way that you can't help but enjoy yourself page after page. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to smile and laugh while they read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Straight or gay, a megadose of feel-good!
Marketed as a book by an openly gay author-actor, "Why the Long Face?" has little to do with sexual orientation and far more about one man's dealing with both the predicted and unexpected curves that life throws everyone's way. Writer Craig Chester's near-autobiography begins inauspiciously as a product of born-again zealouts and grandson of a trailer park grandmother. Along the way, the young Chester has to deal with the usual stuff like the summer camp from hell and pimples and, as a young man, the realization and acceptance of his sexual preference, good and bad relationships and the lessons he's culled from each. In the end, Chester's life isn't so much different than the "normal" kid and guy growing up and then, once there, dealing with the life issues of career, relationship and so on. As in real life, Chester's life isn't always the comedy that he uses to describe life's commonalities. But he has a magnificent humor and witty method of putting it to word, and "Why the Long Face?" emerges a bittersweet melodrama that real life usually is, and we almost have a suspicion that the characters Chester talks about are something fiction is made of. Being straight or gay is no qualification for getting a smile, a few screams of laughter and a couple of tears that this one man's life story provides and, to a great degress, it's not really too much different from anyone else's. What is different is how to accept the grace and healing power of humor that can get us above life's disappointments and sometimes painful realities.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you like David Sedaris, you'll love Craig Chester...
And personally, I found WHY THE LONG FACE? to be much funnier than Sedaris's last book. Craig Chester's writing is extremely compelling and well-structured. These stories are very lively and the book is hard to put down. Straight people: Don't let the whole gay-actor thing scare you away, there's more to Chester's story than that. Highly recommended! ... Read more


87. Henry Sidgwick - Eye of the Universe : An Intellectual Biography
by Bart Schultz
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88. Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George
by Boy George, Spencer Bright
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5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST book I have
I was a teen-ager in the 80's that loved the music and everything that went with it. I had no idea about the life of Boy George. I DID NOT put this book down. I only read biographies and this is the best. He has a great sense of humor considering what he has been through, and at times I had tears in my eyes from laughing(at the expense of Marilyn). It is a long book but you may want to read it again...I did. Boy George had courage and held nothing back telling us about his life,good and bad. It makes you feel sad to know he went through such events as close friends all around him dieing and to feel good about him facing the fact he had to change his life or he would not be here now. I could go on and on and I wish there had been 300 more pages. I am a big fan now and wish he would write another book with more of his "bitchy" humor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! Everyone should read this book...
I recently went to see Taboo, Boy George's semi-autobiographical musical about the 1980s club scene. It was then that I first became interested in his life and wanted to know more than the musical showed. I knew little about his life, as I'm not old enough to have read those infamous newspaper headlines. To be completely honest I wasn't that interested in George before I saw Taboo, I'm very heavily into my rock music...bands such as Placebo,Hole,Nirvana,Tool, PJ Harvey etc...and as Culture Club were a pop band and George is now doing his DJ thing I thought it wasn't really my cup of tea. I first bought a copy of this book for my sister's birthday as she saw Taboo with me and said Boy George's story was really interesting. When it arrived in the post I decided to have a quick read, just to see if it was as good as all the reviews on Amazon said. Well, once I started to read, it was almost impossible to stop and wrap the book up. I was hooked and knew that I would have to order my own copy. So I did. It's very rare that I find a book that captures me and interests me as much as 'Take It Like A Man'. I read at every available opportunity, sometimes reading until 2am because I just couldn't wait to see what happened next. The book is written quite like George is sitting next to you, talking you through his life, the tone is friendly and inviting willing you to read on. George also laces the whole thing with a fantastic bitchy humour, even in the harrowing chapters about his drug addiction. I was very interested to read about his days as a punk, singing with his ex-boyfriend's punk band 'Theatre of Hate'. I also found I was able to really relate to many things George spoke of such as experimenting with punky clothes,hair and make-up from wearing bondage trousers to listening to bands like The Clash and The Cure. Reading about the adventures of the wonderful Phillip Sallon and the ever-dramatic Marilyn was nearly always hilarious! There were also many times when I felt so sorry for George, for example when he detailed his incredibly stormy relationship with Jon Moss and the messy ending to the affair. By the end I was in tears, but I also had a big smile on my face: Here was someone who was honest and had just as many weaknesses as everyone else but somehow people expected him to be massively strong in times when anyone would have broken down. However he got through it all, he battled and the ending was full of real hope and therefore extremely uplifting. What I've gained from this book is so much respect for this man,it's odd how you think you would have hardly anything in common with someone and then suddenly you realise that you have more in common with them than you thought possible. Okay so chances are I won't be rushing out to buy a Culture Club album anytime soon but I'm immensely glad that George is still alive and well. I look forward to a sequel in the near future.....

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book yet!
I am adoring to read this book. It counts to the true history of Boy George. Yes, it is very true in its words. Ypu cry and to lauch at the same time. It shows the good and the bad side of fame and money, high and low its! I recommend to all this great book. Excellent writer! Buy it

5-0 out of 5 stars Fame....it's a real drag!...
After reading this book, I came away thinking fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. Boy George's life seemed more interesting and exciting before the onset of fame! Maybe that's because George lived by his wits during his teen years, often living in "squats" with other punks during the late 70's. The chapters describing these years have a certain edge that the later chapters lack. There is drama in all the chapters, never fear! After George became famous he got fat turning to comfort food whenever Jon Moss rejected him, THEN he got really skinny turning to heroin after the final bust-up with Moss. All the little and big dramas are told with the wit we expect of Boy George. Even with all the trials and tribulations of drug addiction, the way George runs his mouth cracks me up. ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Honest&a trip
no matter what you think of Boy George He is one of the Very Few People in the Industry that is Honest&Frank.He is full of many Emotions&reflections.I dig the early Culture Club Records.He is a Person with alot of Personality.He has overcome alot.like the song He did back in 1988 with Teddy Riley this Book will take your mind on a trip. ... Read more


89. My Son Divine
by Frances Milstead, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Yeager
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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No mother wants to watch her son eat dog poop, as Frances Milstead, mother of the gifted actor and outrageous drag persona Divine (1945-1988) would agree. Divine asked her not to see the John Waters film Pink Flamingos, in which the unforgettable poop-noshing scene occurs, and she has abided by his wishes. To her credit, though, she proudly describes the scene and its aftermath, in which Divine's friends overheard him calling an emergency room to ask what diseases his 12-year-old son might have picked up from eating a dog turd ("Yes, well, he's a little retarded."). Clearly Milstead is no ordinary mother. Page after page she provides a remarkably unembarrassed view of her son's adventures on and off screen. With amusing childhood details for true devotees of Divine, plenty of new photos, and judicious quoting from other sources, such as John Waters and his friend and producer Pat Moran, My Son Divine serves as a corrective to Bernard Jay's harshly drawn Not Simply Divine, and offers a warm, entertaining version of the drag star's life. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Still, they loved him
Do not presuppose that this is the story of Divine -- although it is certainly part of the story. Written by Divine's -- Glenn Milstead's -- mother, it is truly her story to tell.

What does it mean to be a mother? What dreams and hopes do we have for our children? More importantly and to the point, what is it that we learn from our children?

If we are open to loving them unconditionally, we can learn a great deal. And there is much to learn from Glenn Milstead's mother's love, and from her own learning experience.

It's an odd relationship, to be sure, with years of estrangement and healing. In the fifties, children did not just "come out" in some youth group and attend regular summer Pride festivals. Mothers of the fifties did not have those kind of expectations -- and the sixties were a wake-up call all around.

But Frances loved her son, and struggled with her confusion. In spite of everything and anything he did that would cause more timid souls to faint dead away, Frances and Harris continued to lend Glenn money they would never see again, absorb credit card bills for exhorbitant expenses they had never approved, and support the lavish habits of a man they didn't understand. Still, they loved him.

As he unfolded into that love, the most extraordinary creature emerged. Who was Divine? No drag queen, for sure, for drag queens seek to soar to great heights as fabulous beauties. No beauty was Divine -- and yet, no more beautiful creature could have emerged from that soul.

Without Divine, there would have been no RuPaul. Still, Divine made us think about the nature of femininity, beauty, and love. He exuded it all in a place one would not expect to find it.

We live in a world full of miracles, and we all too often close the door on them because they are beyond our comprehension. Take the time. This is one human being who is truly a Divine miracle.

...geminiwalker

5-0 out of 5 stars A loving tribute to Divine from his mum.
I first saw Divine in the film, "Pink Flamingos" in the mid 80s, and I thought he had the most amazing screen presence I had ever seen. I immediately became a fan, and I followed Divine's career until his sudden death in 1988. Divine is a cult figure--probably best known for his bizarre roles in the films directed by renegade film director, John Waters. Divine's film roles include: Lady Divine (Multiple Maniacs), Babs Johnson (Pink Flamingos), Dawn Davenport (Female Trouble), Francine Fishpaw (Polyester), and Edna Turnblad/Arvin Hodgepile (Hairspray). Divine was actually a persona created by John Waters, and the Divine character was so successful, that the persona stuck to Glenn Milstead (the actor who played Divine) for the rest of his life.

"My Son Divine" is the biography of Glenn Milstead, and this book is a loving tribute written by his mother, Frances Milstead. Frances Milstead makes no excuses or apologies for her son, and admits that she did not know all the intimate details of Glenn's life. But at the same time, those details do not concern her, and she stands firm in her belief in Glenn's talent. Milstead contends that Glenn was first and foremost an actor--very talented and very committed--and that Glenn--in real life was quiet, modest, and a good friend--all in all, the complete opposite of Divine, the persona which led to fame.

This book--unlike many biographies written by non-professionals who were on the scene--is well-written. Francis Milstead briefly touches on problems Glenn had in school, teenage friends, Glenn's brief career as a hairdressr, how Glenn became estranged, etc, but the bulk of the book includes interviews with those who knew Glenn best--director and friend, John Waters, roommate Jay Bennett, designer Zandra Rhodes, and many, many others. It is through these interviews that the reader is able to piece together a composite of the real man behind the drag queen identity that most people remember.

The book also covers Divine's singing career as he hit the nightclub circuit in Europe, and there are lots of photographs--a 5 year-old Glenn, Glenn's first appearance in drag, Glenn as Divine, and Glenn as himself.

The strongest point that Glenn's mother makes is that Glenn had a very professional attitude towards his work. Interviews detail long days on the set, grueling make-up sessions, and Glenn mastering his moves on the trampoline for the film 'Female Trouble.' In spite of the fact that Glenn was very aware of the physical dangers, he perfected his trampoline somersault (and he weighed over 300lbs and jumped in drag).

The book also includes a handy-dandy reference of all of Glenn's film roles, CDs and even includes a list of tribute CDs. The eulogy given by the Reverend Higgenbotham (he'd know Glenn since his childhood) at the funeral is even included, and after reading it, I can see why. It's truly a wonderful tribute.

Reading this book, helped me to get a better picture of the man behind the make-up. The Divine character is larger than life, bold, daring--a complete individual. Glenn Milstead overcame a great deal of personal problems and finally succeeded in his career and in his life. He died just as he tasted fame. He loved to shop, loved to eat, and loved to make people laugh. I tend to shy away from biographies--mainly because I don't want to get the end of the book and think "this was a hideous person. I don't think I'll ever feel the same when I watch his/her films again." But after finishing this book, I can easily say that I'm very glad I did read this delighful biography. I was not a bit disappointed--either by the quality of the book or by the information I found within its covers. For the Divine fan (me), it was nothing less than a pleasure to discover that there was a great deal more to the man behind Divine--displacedhuman--Amazon Reviewer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The big picture
This is a refreshing look at a wonderful entertainer and person. Ms. Milstead manages to provide a straight-forward account of Divine's life. She readily includes the good and not so perfect aspects of her son. She provides an insider perspective on Divine that we have not seen. Ms. Milstead's inclusion of quotes from those closest to her son truly fleshes out who Glenn Milstead really was. This book is highly recommended for fans of Divine as well as others who don't know much about this incredible person. Thanks to his mom, we know more about Divine.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT MAKES A STAR?
WHAT TRULY MAKES A PERFORMER A STAR? IS IT LEGIONS OF FANS? MILLIONS IN THE BANK? EMMYS AND OSCARS ON DISPLAY IN THEIR MANSIONS? NO. IN MY OPINION, WHAT TRULY MAKES A PERFORMER AS STAR IS A PERSON WITH THE ABILITIES TO INDELIBLY IMPRINT THEMSELVES/THEIR WORK INTO THE MINDS' OF THEIR AUDIENCE - AND THAT IT WHAT DIVINE DID BEST.

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK WRITTEN BY HIS MOTHER, ETC., THAT GIVES YOU THE TRUE STORY OF ONE OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST INFAMOUS OF STARS. FRANCES MILSTEAD DOESN'T SUGARCOAT ANYTHING HERE. SHE PUTS THE GOOD TIMES, AND THE BAD TIMES (AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN), HERE IN PRINT FOR ALL TO SEE. THERE REALLY IS NO NEED FOR ANY OTHER DIVINE BIOGRAPHY TO BE WRITTEN IN THE FUTURE, FOR EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DIVINE (BUT WERE ALWAYS AFRAID TO ASK), IS RIGHT HERE IN THIS BOOKS' PAGES. AND, AS AN ADDED TREAT, THERE ARE MANY, MANY RARE PICTURES OF DIVINE (IN FULL GLOSSY COLOR) IN ALL OF HIS WONDERFUL GLORY HERE TO BE SEEN. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY DIVINE FAN.

WE LOVE YOU DIVINE!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Trash
Having read "Not Simply Divine" - the original book on Divine's story, I feel that this book is just trying to deny the real truth behind the star we all loved. I wanted to find out something new and exciting about my hero, but this book just went on about nothing at all and was most dissapointing in every respect of the word. A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME !!! ... Read more


90. Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade
by Clifford Chase, Rob Weisbach Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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It's probably a healthy sign that the autobiographical essays collected in Queer 13 display not only relief and anger, but nostalgia. Most of the contributors, including well-known writers like Wayne Kostenbaum (The Queen's Throat) and Rebecca Brown (The Terrible Girls), have overcome the stigma they felt in junior high. When they look back now at their sufferings, they're also able to recall moments of pure, unthreatened pleasure--although, having found the courage they once lacked, they tend to criticize their younger selves for having pandered to repressive parents or playground tyrants. It may be inevitable that these stories have a shared aura of sadness, since the universal experience of junior high seems to be bleak and crushing, but there are other commonalities that emerge: the "gay" childhood friend, for instance, who gets mercilessly dropped, or the casual cruelties of physical education. Some of the most affecting pieces are by writers who were battling other differences in addition to their sexuality, such as Rebecca Zinoric's "Becky's Pagination," about the indignities of being given special education because she was legally blind, and Marcus Mabry's lovely "Mud Pies and Medusa," about growing up black and gay. --Regina Marler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
I am not a fan of the short story form, preferring the long immersion in fiction that novels offer. This book is one of the few exceptions. I received it as a gift and am glad I did. The stories are thematically related and the writing is uniformly superior. These tales so capture the deliciousness, awkwardness, hope, and disappointments of budding adolescence that I imagine anyone could relate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brillant collection
These writers have captured the pain and anguish of being a teen. The collection will bring back memories and stay with you long after you finish the last story. It's a must have for anyone interested in the developing psyche of gay youth. I wish this collection was around when I was 13. Some of the stories are erotic, others painful and uplifting but all of them are well written and offered from the heart. Worth reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars 13--What a Year...
My first reaction to QUEER 13 was: "Oh god, 13? Seventh grade...What a year that was..." Thirteen was one of those years that only now I can begin to appreciate and laugh at. I don't know if I'd like to relive it though. And this is perhaps why I was so hesitant to pick this book up. But I'm glad that I did. The stories are all beautiful. There isn't one that stands out the most because they are all so good (most are bittersweet--prepare yourself). I found myself crying and laughing and most of all remembering my own experience while reading this book. I highly recommend this collection be read by all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for Queers Only
This collection of 25 autobiographical essays about gays and lesbians at age 13 is not for queers only. You may ask, what makes it a Jewish Book? Well, what is age 13? The age of bar and bat mitzvah's, the age of wo/manhood, seventh grade, hair growth, Keds, adolescence, zits, humiliation, name-calling, teen-star posters, summer camp bunkmates, Playboy magazines, and peer scrutiny. An age when you make your way to Junior High, gain friends, lose friends, outgrow friends, and are outgrown by others... a time when some focus on band practice and other on athletics, and others... who knows. At least six of the writers discuss their Jewish adolescence, so the book may be of interest to Jewish readers. They include Robert Gluck's "Three from Thirteen", in which he mentions the irony of his Bar Mitzvah parsha being the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Gabrielle Glancy's "Train", she discusses how she managed the school officer campaign of her German/Swiss, swastika loving classmate, even though she was obsessed with fellow tribesman, David Gittelman, as well as Diane McCann. In David Bergman's "A Close Escape," David recounts a sickly miserable life in Queens NY which was enriched by an enchanting performance of the puppet show, Sleeping Beauty, and his desire for association with one boy and lust for another. David's Bar Mitzvah was a grim, small, estranged affair which marked his escape from shul and elementary school. In Wayne Koestenbaum's "Fashions of 1971", Wayne writes about his boy scout uniform, bell bottoms, LOVE shirt, fringe, P.E. class jocks and coaches, tube socks, and Becky's slip. In Lisa Cohen's "Still Life with Boys" we find a make out scene with the Bar Mitzvah boy. And in Michael Lowenthal's (SAME EMBRACE) "Lost in Translation", he recounts Spanish class, the derision of classmates, a Bar Mitzvah sleepover party, and his desire for a classmate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
What a wonderful collection. It evokes all the hazy confusion, awkward self-awareness, and occassional moments of innocent joy that are part of growing up gay. A great book to share with teens who may be struggling with issues of identity and difference. ... Read more


91. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
by Paul Monette
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Harvest Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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This "tender and lyrical" memoir (New York Times Book Review) remains one of the most compelling documents of the AIDS era-"searing, shattering, ultimately hope inspiring account of a great love story" (San Francisco Examiner). A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and the winner of the PEN Center West literary award.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Too difficult to hold, too engaging to put down
Like its prequel "Becoming a Man", Paul Monette's Borrowed Time is exceptionally well-written, and together they form one of the most important autobiographies our times. Borrowed Time, the story of Paul Monette's and his partner Roger Horowitz's struggle with AIDS, is sometimes emotionally too hard to go on reading, but at the same time too engaging to put down. While reading it I literaly had those feelings. If Becoming a Man is the ultimate growing up/coming out story, then Borrowed Time is the ultimate AIDS story. Together they tell the story of gay life in our times better than any other book I read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provocative, tragic
I picked this book up in a thrift store last week and have just suffered with Paul and Roger as I read. Immediately I searched Amazon.com looking for other writings by Paul Monette and learned of his death in 1995. Now I'm really depressed. I'm straight, white, female, a wife and a mother of a 2 year old. Probably not Paul's expected audience yet he reached me deeply. I feel tremendous compassion for anyone dying of AIDS and for those that love them. I will look for an opportunity to demonstrate love to someone with AIDS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
I had to take two days off from work when I started this book because I just couldnt make myself put it down.

Paul (I write in Frankness because by the end of the book all the charecters become like Family) writes with such simplicity and command that one feels like sitting by a campside listening to a wise man tell a heart wrenching tale.

Moreover, one thing i really admired about monette was that he doesnt try to gain sympathy by cashing in on his life. He doesnt use over dramatization as tools of deploying tears!

I really loved the ending because it brought such a fatal blow and with so little effort that the readers themselves had to grieve.

Furthermore, I learnt a wealth of information about HIV and AIDS from this book. Plus I just couldnt believe the red-tapism in the USA medical system. It really made me angry.

Read this book , Pronto!!
May Paul and his lover rest in peace!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Profoundly emotional
The story of Paul and Roger starts off as the ultimate love story of two people who found themselves in their partner. Their struggle with Roger's diagnosis and illness just cements that feeling of absolute oneness. I have never read a book as emotionally demanding. I have never cried when closing a book. Until now.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic love story
More than anything, this book struck me as being a love story. Paul and Roger share a really warm, comfortable life...the kind most people hope to find with a partner. This makes the fact that Roger dies so young, of such a devestating illness, doubly tragic, because of all we know he is leaving behind. Paul Monette was a gifted writer, who showed a great deal of courage when he shared so personal a piece of his life with the world. ... Read more


92. Nureyev: His Life
by Diane Solway
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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From the moment of his birth aboard a train speeding through Stalinist Russia, until his death of AIDS in 1993, Rudolf Nureyev seemed to travel through life at the velocity of a triple pirouette. His professional accomplishments are stunning. Despite starting his ballet training much later most dancers, Nureyev won a coveted spot at the famous Maryinsky (later the Kirov) ballet school in St. Petersburg and went on to become one of the company's favorite dancers. By the end of his first year in the West--in 1961 he became the first Soviet dancer to defect when he stayed in Paris after the rest of the Kirov returned to the U.S.S.R--he had performed with the major ballet companies in both Europe and the United States, and formed his legendary partnership with British dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn. He reinvigorated contemporary ballet, particularly the importance of male dancers, by energizing his favorite traditional roles with unrestrained sexuality and unparalleled technical virtuosity. His personal life was equally full. He carried on affairs with men and women alike--most notable among these was his intense, decades-long involvement with his professional idol Erik Bruhn and his penchant for sexy young call-boys. He hung out at Studio 54 and crisscrossed the Atlantic with his socialite friends, but he also made time to mentor talented young dancers, including Paris Opera Ballet star Sylvie Guillem.

Biographer Diane Solway, who wroteDance Against Time, a biography of Joffrey Ballet dancer Edward Sterle, has produced an exhaustively comprehensive report on Nureyev's life. The book's most important accomplishment is that it succeeds in correcting many of the myths that still cloak the story of Nureyev's life--she credibly suggests, for instance, that his defection was not premeditated. The flamboyant dancer, known to wear jeweled jock straps, was responsible for propagating most of the stories that grew up around him. He published a ghostwritten autobiography rife with inaccuracies in the early '60s, and much of the information about his first 20 or so years in the Soviet Union has remained inaccessible until very recently. Solway traveled to Russia to piece together her subject's early life with recently declassified documents and interviews with his friends, family, and even a few detractors. She also drew from another rare book, Rudolf Nureyev: Three Years in the Kirov Theater. The result is a biography that objectively addresses the facts and fictions of an extraordinary life to create a vivid and balanced portrait. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars In fairness, a moderate success.......
With all the good reviews this work is receiving here, I feel that I must point out some of its short-comings. While the information in the book is exhaustive (sometimes to the point of seeming pretentious, as when Solway spends a footnote to provide the married name of an informant after having used her maiden name on the same page--why not just use the established convention of writing first, maiden, and last names?), the obvious research seems often tenuous. Solway's sources are frequently not identified; she writes numerous quotations without noting speakers' or informants' names. Are they Nureyev's words? Did one of his friends or family members say them? Did Solway invent them? How is one to know? How is one to credit the accuracy of a statement at all without the author's establishing of the source's credibility?

There is, of course, a great deal of credited information here, probably most that is not related to the dancer's sexual exploits already in print elsewhere. There is much that I did not know about the "hidden years" in Russia and near the end of the dancer's life. If the information is accurate, these bits are a valuable addition to the permanent body of knowledge about Nureyev (the reason for my 3 star rating).

However, I found the tone of the book uncomfortable. While it is presented as a serious biography, it seemed more akin to a (very weighty) gossip column to me. One other Amazon reviewer noted the presence of lots of stories about Nureyev's lovers (about 2 1/2 pages of speculation on whether Dame Margot Fonteyn was one of them--no definite conclusion). There are also the requisite _enfant terrible_ stories. But mostly missing are the stories of Nureyev's sweetness and generosity. I remember hearing one of his female colleagues say that, if you wanted him to dance for free at a gala you were planning, "all you have to do is cry a little" and he would do anything you wanted. I remember witnessing his evident devastated humility when he accidentally overbalanced a young Royal Ballet ballerina and nearly dropped her from a "bum lift" in a performance of _Fille mal Gardee_. This man could hardly have been the one described by Solway.

Solway does give attention to Nureyev's enormous drive, courage, and indomitability. In that, she is fair to him and to his legend. However, despite the length of the book, there is much missing from it, in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping, fascinating story of the man who changed ballet.
Diane Solway has researched and written an altogether fascinating biography of Rudolf Nureyev, the dancer who changed classical ballet in the 20th century. He was born to a impoverished family in Russia and untimately died on his private island purchased with the millions he made during his dance career--a true-life rags-to-riches story. But it is so much more...

What a career Nureyev had! As a child he danced to provide an escape from the poverty of his youth. Almost forcing his way into Russian ballet schools, he astonished even his detractors by his grace and vitality. Solway recreates the scene of his defection from Russia in gripping detail. From that moment on, Russia's loss--which they tried hard to ignore, not even allowing Nureyev to see his mother until she was on her deathbed--became the West's priceless gain.

In the West this amazing young man turned into a human dynamo, insisting that contracts be written to allow him to dance every night rather than the customary once or twice a month. Solway follows his transatlantic crossings in dizzying detail as he dances one night in New York, the next night in Paris, and the following night at a festival in mid-Europe. He extended his career far beyond the usual span for a male dancer, eventually forming his own companies so that he could continue to perform. He insisted on learning the stylized awkward steps for modern ballet, and his name filled many houses for benefit performances with modern dance groups. He staged and choreographed many classical ballets, acted in motion pictures, and acted the part of the king in "The King and I" on stage. In his declining years, he learned conducting techinques, and led several European orchestras in concert programs.

My son gave me this book for my birthday, and included with it the video "Fonteyn and Nureyev." What an inspired gift! Words can go only so far in describing dance--even the words of the dance critics whom Solway generously quotes. Nureyev's partnership with Fonteyn is the stuff of legends! This unlikely pair--she supposedly near the end of her careet and he just starting his--packed houses and evoked hour-long curtain calls with their emotion-packed virtuoso performances so clearly evident in the video and convincingly described by Solway.

In this day and age we are fascinated by the details of the sex lives of celebrities. Here, too, Solway does not dissappoint, although almost everything she quotes is not from Nureyev's mouth but from companions who may perhaps put their own personal agendas ahead of the literal truth. Nureyev became a icon for the gay community, and some were angry that he did not use his death from AIDS as a beacon for their cause.

Whatever his motivation, here is the gripping life story of a man who was driven to accomplish more in his half-century of frenzied life than any of us could possibly imagine. I am immensely grateful for Nureyev's richly creative life and, as well, for Diane Solways carefully detailed account of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars the most detailed account of Nureyev's life
Compared to all the previous books about Rudolf Nureyev, Diane Solaway's "Nureyev: His Life" stands out as the most detailed, most researched and most complete account of the ballet dancer's life. Those who are interested in Russian culture, Tatar history, ballet, lives of gay celebrities, lifestyles of the rich and famous, etc. will find this book totally fascinating.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent and very detailed account of Nureyev's life
ALthough verbose and at times too detailed, this is an excellent read full of interesting historical data (both on Russia and Nureyev's ethinic background: Tatar) and personal information on one of this century's greatest artists. Solway does a wonderful job of engaging the reader from page one onwards.

4-0 out of 5 stars very detailed account of Nureyev's life
Although verbose and extremely detailed, still enjoyable and a fast read. In just 100 pages I feel I've come to know so much about Nureyev's life and the passion that drove him to become the world's most famous ballet dancer. ... Read more


93. The Secret Lives of Married Men : Interviews With Gay Men Who Played It Straight
by David Leddick
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Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Why would a man, aware of his attraction to other men, choose to marry a woman and live as a heterosexual? We can understand men from the pre-Stonewall generation deciding to live in accordance with mores of an earlier time, though in today_s world, where many gay men live openly and honestly, this choice seems needless. But as author David Leddick points out, our understanding is clouded by our perception of gay men as being either in the closet or out of the closet. "Preconceived notions of why gay men marry must be thrown out the window when you read this book," Leddick reports after having interviewed forty men ranging in age from twenty-nine to eighty-eight. "Each story provides very different and individual insights into why gay men marry and whether they eventually extricate themselves from that arrangement or choose to remain married.

While it is clear that fear, cultural isolation, religion, or family expectations can play a large part in a man_s decision to repress his sexuality, many of the men Leddick interviewed express a strong and sincere desire to cultivate and maintain relationships with women_and the reasons underlying their choices are far more heartfelt than society has ever appreciated. The Secret Lives of Married Men is an invaluable addition to the growing body of literature that explores the vast and varied landscape of today_s family.

David Leddick is the author of three novels (Never Eat In, The Sex Squad, and My Worst Date) and many art photography books, including Naked Men, Naked Men Too, George Platt Lynes, Male Nude Now, and The Homoerotic Art of Pavel Tchelitchev. A native of Detroit, Leddick also served as the worldwide creative director for Revlon. He now lives in Miami.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Some interest, little insight
David Leddick's volume of interviews with gay men who once were or are currently married to women promises a good deal more than it delivers. Organized by the age of interviewed subjects, starting with the oldest, the mostly short interviews are sometimes touching, sometimes titillating. After a very short while, however, monotony sets in, due to the sameness of the subjects (handsome, successful, professional, and with a very few exceptions, white) and the persistent lack of any real insight into the motivations of the men profiled. Credit must be given to Leddick for not attempting psychoanalysis for which he is obviously not qualified; but the lack of any compensating interest or other profundity means the final impression is quite similar to many of his collections of male nude photographs--polished, facile but hard to remember when one has closed the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars OK, so it's not the best book you'll ever read...
...but while I respect the opinions of my fellow reviewers, please give this one a chance. EVERYONE out there---straight AND gay---can relate in one way or another to one or more of the personal declarations in this anthology. What is of interest here is the inflexible march of time and how things change and evolve as the clock ticks on...from oldest to youngest, the contributors share with us a chronicle of feelings, perceptions, fears, hopes, expectations, aspirations, losses---you name it, the list is almost endless---not only for themselves but their families, friends and loved ones as well. Leave your judgement behind---this is real life and it really happens, whether or not you choose to believe or accept it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Writing
This book is a nightmare to read - the writing was so bad that I had to read multiple pages two or three times to even understand what the author was trying to say. The publisher obviously did not employ an editor.

Not only is the writing terrible, the stories are shallow and unenlightening. Leddick seems more interested in how the people he interviewed looked than what they had to say. Here are just a couple quotes showing how little depth this book has:

"He has quite a story. But the first thing you should know about him is that he is very cute."

"Brad Appel is a dashing guy. With his powerfully muscled body and wrestler's stance, he attracts quite a few admirers at the gym he frequents."

Anyone with a bit of education will have trouble understanding his child-like writing from the poorly written introduction to the disappointing end. There is no logical link between much of what happens in this book. The interviews are reminiscent of how a Kindergartener would tell a story - "he did this then he did this then he did this then he did this" - however, it does not attempt to analyze in depth the psychological processes going on in these married men's heads. It does more to perpetuate sterotypes of gay men (including the author) than allow the reader to draw any insightful conclusions about what should be a very interesting issue. I am quite disappointed in the book and would NOT recommend it to anyone. I am shocked it was published in this form.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of stories, but no illumination
I hoped that the book would provide insight into my father's life and thoughts. Unfortunately, the 39 interviews seem to be shallow, in that there isn't much delving into the details for a true character portrait (like New Yorker in-depth interviews). Each chapter feels like a 30-minute conversation -- too short to know a person and what makes them unique.

It seems odd to me all the stories end happily and with hope (no mention of any person having additional negative burdens, for example lingering guilt, depression, regret, or unfortunate contraction of AIDs). This makes me wonder if the author has filtered out information. Perhaps he didn't, but I was expecting a variety of outcomes from 39 different people.

All in all, I'm glad the author has recorded these interviews. Now if he could select a few interesting interviews and expand them into another book, that would make for a very interesting read!

2-0 out of 5 stars Hot Topic, Not-So-Hot Book
Because I, like many gay men, have an interest in and attraction to married men, I purchased this "true stories" book. While the interviews are interesting, most are not very enlightening. Also, the author apparently interviewed only good looking, younger-than-their-age looking men. I guess men who look their age (or, horrors, older) and/or are only average looking aren't gay and don't get married. Perpetuating self-hating stereotypes contradicts the advancement this book strives to achieve. The writing is amateurish at best, and the publisher apparently does not employ an editor. The book is a nightmare from a writing perspective. I applaud the men presented in the book for telling their stories. I'm sure that, if presented properly, they would be very helpful and educational to all men. The author's conclusion does not belong in this book. It is more suited for a text about non-traditional families. If you must read this book, borrow it or buy it used. At full price, it's disappointing. ... Read more


94. The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People
by Adam Mastoon
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Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Adam Mastoon's beautifully reproduced photographs of gay, lesbian, and bisexual young people are a revelation: each subject, posed yet casual, looks directly into the camera and invites us into his or her life. But the book is more than a photo gallery, and the personal statements written by each young person brings a sense of what it means to be a gay youth today. In a world in which gay teens are told that they either don't exist or should change their sexual orientation, The Shared Heart is a beacon of hope, clarity, and joy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, moving book.
This is a beautiful book that I received as a gift from my boyfriend. Anyone will profit from reading it. The stories in it, written by a number of lesbian,gay,and bisexual youth, are honest and very moving. It says to all the people who are still in the closet: wherever you are, you're not alone! And it also shows how gay people are just as diverse, talented, and lovable as straight people anywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is more than a heartfelt investigation on the subj
The shared heart is more than a heartfelt investigation of its subject, it it a moviing study of the human animal. Regardless of ones sexual orientation it should be looked at and carefully read by people everywhere. We have all experienced the feeling of being cast aside by some aspect of our society at some time in out lives. As I have the honor of being a close personal friend of the author I can confirm that his heart, soul and the very essence of his being have all been put into this book. bravo. bravo. bravo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shared Heart, Shared Story
I found this book in the local libary and I automatically sat down and read it from cover to cover. This is the book that every young lonely GLBT youth needs. It shows that we are not alone and that there are other teens out there just like us. It is a fabulos book and it is the best thinh that has happened to me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Courageous life stories, personality-filled photos
These beautiful and complex photographs depict humor, integrity, joy, pain, and courage. The photographer's technical expertise is matched and perhaps even surpassed by his eye for the "soul" of his subjects. The photos are complemented by first-person stories that reveal the journeys and challenges these young people have faced and overcome. It sounds corny, but this book made me proud of both the photographer and his subjects. This book does what great art and literature are supposed to do. It is uplifting and inspiring, and it lights the path toward a brighter future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A beautiful and moving book. Had there been a book like this available when I was coming out, I would have felt less terrified and alone. Congratulations to the brave youth represented in this book, and thank you to Adam Mastoon for providing such a valuable resource. ... Read more


95. American Ghosts : A Memoir
by David Plante
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From a critically acclaimed novelist comes a masterful memoir in the tradition of Edmund White"s A Boy"s Own Story

David Plante was born and brought up in a French-speaking Catholic parish in Providence, Rhode Island, that was like an isolated fortress in Yankee New England. The nuns of the parish school wore long black veils and taught the children that they lived in le petit Canada, where they preserved the beliefs of le grand Canada, a country of suffering eased by miracles. This invisible country—with its history of long lost French North America, of the Jesuit missionaries devoted to converting the Indians, of the hard lives of fur traders and woodsmen and the Indian squaws who became their wives—was made more present to him than the visible country he lived in. His part-Blackfoot father was stoic and silent, his mother lively and garrulous but trapped, and at the center of their difficult lives was a deep, dark God.

The ghosts of the parish haunted David Plante long after he left home, lost his belief in any god, and found the center of his life both in love and in writing. However free of his past he became in his maturity, his constant fear remained that the God he was brought up with would appear to him and possess him. Finally, Plante came to terms with this possessive God by coming to terms with his ancestry—a stunning spiritual and physical journey that brings him back to Providence, to Canada, to France, and finally to a new understanding of God.
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96. The David Kopay Story: An Extraordinary Self-Revelation
by David Kopay
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Catlog: Book (1977-02-01)
Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co
Sales Rank: 555003
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Originally published in 1977, The David Kopay Story was an earth-shattering event. It has never been duplicated. Twenty-three years after publishing his story, David Kopay remains the only NFL player who has publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. After a ten-year career as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, and exhausted by the agony of living a double life, Kopay bravely talked to the Washington Star and took his place in history as the first prominent male athlete to come out of the closet. In The David Kopay Story, he reveals the conflicting emotional states that both prevented him from living openly and finally drove him to a place of total honesty. From psychotherapy to hypnosis to heartbreaking family confrontations to finally surprising acceptance from former teammates and coaches, this is a story of denial leading to acceptance, and finally to pride. As inspiring today as it was upon publication, Advocate Books is proud to make The David Kopay Story available to a new generation of readers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars David Kopay Story
This book is of a true hero, David Kopay.What a story of courage and inspiration.If you want to be inspired, read this book.One of the best!!

5-0 out of 5 stars well-written, gutsy and illuminating
This is David Kopay's account of growing up gay back when there were very few books or support groups to turn to, which makes it stand even taller.He describes his experience as a college and professional football playeras well as being in a fraternity.I find him candid, readable andlikeable.He never asked for any special favours, just the right to livehis life his way and do what he knew how to do.

I'm proud that David is afellow Husky; his name adds honour to the reputation of the University ofWashington, both as a hard-nosed athlete who hit like a freight train andas a man of courage.Just about anyone could benefit from reading hisbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Pioneer of Gay Sports Stories
Before Dan Woog's "Jocks," before "The Front Runner," before the whole genre, David Kopay rocked the homophobic world of sports by coming out and telling his story. An amazing personal journey and agreat historic account, this is a must-have for your gay library. Not assexy as you'd think, instead it's a harrowing and touching tale of thefirst pro football player - the first jock of the 20th century - to comeout big time. We all owe this man a lot, but beyond that, this is acompelling story.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic gay studies book
Inevitably somewhat dated, this book (first published in 1977, but revised a bit since) is nonetheless still on the short list of must-reads for both gay people and for heterosexuals who want to know more about gay people and what we go through.Kopay was hugely courageous to come out when he did, on the scale he did, and as a former NFLer no less!Kopay's autobiography (it's not "a novel," as the review before mine says) busts all sorts of stereotypes, but his story is really quite similar to those of many gay men who have never fit the stereotypes in the first place.Kopay was so ahead of his time that I don't think any professional football player has come out since him (Jerry Smith, who died of AIDS, is described in the book, and was a buddy of Kopay's, never really came out).

5-0 out of 5 stars A struggle for the oppressed
After reading this incredible novel, I was surprised that David Kopay remains obscure to most people.An NFL football player of ten years, David Kopay decides to unmask himself and come out of the closet in the Washington Star newspaper.What happens then is a series of trials for him, in the very gay-oppressed 1970s.He meets such huge figures of history, such as Jimmy Carter, Congressman Gerry Studds, and the slain mayor and office holder of San Francisco, Harvey Milk and George Moscone.Throughout his unfolding, relevational story, he denounces the religious right, and the hate that Christianity brings to other fellow human beings.Kopay finds that the only way to be true to oneself, is to simply tell the truth.He does so, and the whole world comes to face him.Being in the National Football League (the NFL) is all the much harder, since professional football in America has become the epitome of masculinity and machismo, and gay men are supposed to not exist within this world.Kopay proves the stereotypes wrong, and tells personal stories of other gay men within the football world, including a fellow NFL player who dies of AIDS, Jerry Smith.This book is an integral story for everyone alive, for through Kopay, we can see a mirror of ourselves. ... Read more


97. Beyond Gay
by David Morrison
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Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
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Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond "thou shalt not"
I recommend this book if you're struggling to understandChristian teachings about homosexuality, whether for yourself or aloved one.

The author gently points out problems with some popular approaches to the subject, from "gay-friendly" gospel readings which try to redefine God in one's own image, to "change ministries" which assume that God's will for all of us is heterosexual marriage. Speaking from personal experience, he explains how he found workable answers in Catholicism, with its clear, consistent teachings about the true meaning of sexuality, and the value and dignity of each human being.

As the title suggests, the book shows that it's foolish to define ourselves (or others) in sexual terms. We're all one in Christ, whatever gender we are and whomever we're attracted to, and the moral laws apply to us all equally. And although there are many voices, from Freud to Calvin Klein, telling us that sex is the most wonderful and important thing in life, we know the truth: that the most wonderful and important thing in life is the cross.

It must have taken a lot of courage to tell such a personal story. Thanks, David!

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprise! It's not just for gays
I'm a married heterosexual who read David's book because I'm an orthodox Catholic interested in the agonizing debates over sexual matters within Christianity. I was quite surprised by how much "Beyond Gay" had to say to me, a straight man, about the theology of the body. David challenged me to think a lot more deeply about the way *all* of us consider our bodies, and the use of our sexuality. "Beyond Gay" cuts through so much cant and jargon to tell an *honest* story from a compassionate survivor of the sexual revolution. It is indispensable for priests, pastors and lay persons who seek to understand gay folks in charity, while leading them to fidelity to Biblical teaching. And it has almost as much to teach straights about the proper use of their own sexuality. What an unusual, wise book. It should be on the bookshelf of every culturally engaged Christian -- Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rendering the Gospel into "Bad News"
This book is just another attempt to render a vibrant, embracing faith into a closed, backward ideology. It does a disservice to the affirming message of Christ, to Gay Christians and those who love them.

One might as well argue that the world is flat (Which is the "literal" interpretation of the Old testament cosmology) as claim that one can change their natural, god-given sexual orientation be it towards members of the same gender or not.

My definition of morality involves compassion, justice, and truth. By these standards this book is immoral.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book on the Subject
This is a good book. Most books dealing with Christianity and homosexuality tend to fall into two groups: ones that try to harmonize the two and others that push re-orientation. This book steers a middle course: it doesn't try to justify gay sex biblically, and it doesn't take the position that inside every homosexual is a heterosexual yearning to burst out. A gay Christian doesn't have to choose between Exodus and the Metropolitan Community Church, but it is a rare treatment of the subject that ackowledges that.

This volume is written from a Catholic perspective, which is likely of more interest to Catholics, but is not completely lost on others (like me). I didn't focus too much on the specific catechism references, and skimmed quickly over the chapter on sacrements. The point is that it's not something you have to be a Catholic to be able to read.

The Catholic leadership appears to have a lot better attitude about gays in the church than those in some Protestant denominations. The "Always Our Children" statement, given in an appendix, is very sensitive and touching, without being compromising.

Much of the book is autobiographical in nature. However, it provides information and advice that will be of use to anyone who's gay but who looks at the Bible and realizes that gay sex is sinful (no matter how reluctant that realization may be). It also has a lot of information that is beneficial for non-gays.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Very Unfortunate and Destructive Book
What an unfortunate book for those who may be struggling with issues of self-identity. To propogate that a person should deny how God created him or her is appaling and blasphemous. I would not recommend this book to anybody that would prefer to be on a road of true understanding and self-awareness, as opposed to the ignorance and hate that this book supports. ... Read more


98. One Teacher in 10, Second Edition
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-15)
Publisher: Alyson Publications
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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From the director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) comes a new collection of accounts by openly gay and lesbian teachers who tell about their struggles and victories as they have put their own careers on the line to fight for justice.

Kevin Jennings is the founder and executive director of GLSEN. He lives in New York City.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring
Prepare to be inspired!This is one of the most important education books to come out in 2005.In this edition of new essays, almost 40 educators tell their stories.Not only do educators from all over the U.S. weigh in on this critical topic, but essays from educators in Canada, England, and Japan are also included.Sometimes second editions are a letdown.But after ten years of work, Kevin Jennings and his team have compiled a second edition worthy of sharing a title with the now-classic One Teacher in 10.I've been reading the stories and they run the range from poignant to funny to energizing.I think this book can be helpful to educators, students, professors, parents, LGBT, and allied.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Preface
Prologue
Part One: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
Part Two: Lessons Taught...and Learned
Part Three: May-September
Part Four: Change Agents
About the contributors
About the editor
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99. Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories
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Asin: 0380788357
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 332085
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In stunning essays written especially for this collection, twenty-nine noted gay writers recount their true "coming out" stories, intensely personal histories of that primal process by which men come to terms with their desire for other men. Here are accounts of revealing one's sexual identity to parents, siblings, friends, co-workers and, in one notable instance, to a stockbroker. Men tell of their first sexual encounters from their preteens to their thirties, with childhood friends who rejected or tenderly embraced them, with professors, with neighbors, with a Broadway star. These are poignant, sometimes unexpectedly funny tales of romance and heartbreak, repression and liberation, rape and first love defining moments that shaped their authors' lives. Arranged chronologically from Manhattan in the Forties to San Francisco in the Nineties, these essays ultimately form a documentary of changing social and sexual mores in the United States--a literary, biographical, sociological and historical tour de force. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology of Coming Out stories!
I was very moved by this collection of stories by gay authors. It's a book you'll read again and again. I especially liked the way the book starts with essays about coming out in the 50's and moves up to present day experiences. Gay men will see something of themselves in the stories, and others will come to understand what it's like for a gay person to deal with their sexuality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I am a lesbian who also enjoys reading books about gay boys & men. Coming out stories are of special interest to me.

This book is exceptionally well written. It begins with pre-Stonewall entries and tells each person's story up thru the 1990's---so that the reader gets a very good overall historical view of the way homosexuality is viewed and the progress the gay community & individuals have made.

Each of the stories (there are approx. 29) is told in the first person, telling the author's own experiences from youth to adulthood. With only one or two exceptions, the stories are extremely well told. All of the stories told are written by men who are professional writers.

In addition, there is a photograph of each of the men the way he appeared in his youth at the time the story happened, and in the back of the book a picture of how he looks today---along with a brief bio about him and other writings he has done.

These men really reached out and touched me. Each one made me feel as if I really knew him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book and Come Out Wherever You Are!!!!
A must read for those who have come out, are coming out, haven't come out, or those who want to try to understand those who are coming out. You'll laugh, you'll cry! Better than cats--you'll read it again and again and again.... Reading this book, it was great to find out that different thoughts, feelings, experiences that occured through my coming out were shared by others, even those much older than I!

5-0 out of 5 stars Landmark!
This is some anthology -- on a vital, primal topic. A real treasure, and very much needed. You'll definitely be re-reading it as the years go by. In particular, check out the pieces by Alan Gurganus, Scott Heim, Ron Caldwell and Ed Sikov ... Read more


100. A Restricted Country
by Joan Nestle
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Asin: 0932379370
Catlog: Book (1987-10-01)
Publisher: Firebrand Books
Sales Rank: 942988
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A proud working-class woman, an "out" lesbian long before the Rainbow revolution, Joan Nestle has stood at the forefront of American freedom struggles from the McCarthy era to the present day. Featuring photographs and a new introduction by the author, this classic collection which intimately accounts the lesbian, feminist and civil rights movements through personal essays is available again for the first time in years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A renewed appreciation of what it means to be lesbian
A Restricted Country is the personal and candid testimony of lesbian activist, speaker, and working class woman Joan Nestle. Originally published in 1987, this new edition of A Restricted Country now features new black-and-white photographs and a new introduction. Joan Nestle's core musings concerning censorship, memories, the "historical sisterhood" of lesbians and prostitutes, sexual changes in society throughout the twentieth century, and more, offer timeless insights and a renewed appreciation of what it means to be lesbian.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten
This book of essays is one of my most favorite books about lesbian herstory.

Joan Nestle is a co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY, and her passion for remembering and honoring lesbian life and culture can be seen in this collection. From the perspective of a witness/participant in the pre-Stonewall era of gay life in NYC, Nestle recreates the courage and the struggles of lesbians to find each other and create community in the '50s and '60s. Nestle's writing is beautiful and moving; this book is unique.

I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants an understanding of lesbian life and culture during these particular years; I especially recommend this book for younger lesbians and gay men who are interested in understanding the lives and sacrifices of the generation previous, who helped create what we know and enjoy as contemporary lesbian and gay culture. ... Read more


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