A fun light read for summer, that provides a window into the 1980s gay community through the lens of a fashion model surrounded by aspiring A-Gays. WhA fun light read for summer, that provides a window into the 1980s gay community through the lens of a fashion model surrounded by aspiring A-Gays. While at times the characters and storylines feel like a mash-up of gay stereotypes, the gay community did not have the outlets it does today. Taking that into account, reading about at time that no longer exists is both exciting, fascinating, bittersweet, and thankful that, as gay men, we no longer have to aspire to hang out exclusively on Fire Island.
Edmund White has a way of describing explicit sex scenes in a playful teenage literary way, and his descriptions of the social world are uncanny....more
An interesting read with great points to ponder for anyone in a work transition -- weather you work with someone or you yourself are transitioning. HoAn interesting read with great points to ponder for anyone in a work transition -- weather you work with someone or you yourself are transitioning. However, I have to say that I think it's a little over-rated. Many of the examples in the book explore theory through negative anecdote.
Almost every chapter explains what to do by explaining what not to do. It's as if a designer were to say, "We're going to paint the room not blue." So what color is it? The end result is a very, very general book. I get that it's trying to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
The author talks of time-tested theories and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries and professions. If that's the case, I would have preferred a longer book with chapters that outline positive examples of success, pulling from stories in a variety of industries. Not only would that be more helpful, I think it would be more interesting.
Nonetheless, I've got my list of questions I need to explore, and items I need to learn, and a loose plan of attack for a new role that is coming up quickly. In that sense, the book accomplished the goal I had hoped when I borrowed it from the library....more
A really great read that is about more than the relationship between George Bush and Dick Cheney. Through the context of the Bush administration and tA really great read that is about more than the relationship between George Bush and Dick Cheney. Through the context of the Bush administration and their relationship, emerge themes of management, leadership, arrogance, ambivalence, reactionism, and communication. This book is a case study in what to do right, what to do wrong, and what to do different. Anyone in a leadership or management position would benefit from this read....more
An arduous read. I now know why I never finished it in high school. 20 years later, it's not any more engaging. Littered with irrelevant details thatAn arduous read. I now know why I never finished it in high school. 20 years later, it's not any more engaging. Littered with irrelevant details that don't move the plot forward, and characters who appear briefly only to be important later, it is harder to follow the plot. Lines and twisted relationships than an episode of Dallas. ...more
Terrible read. The authors chose to simply clip together interviews and articles they have completed in the past. The end result is that you hear theTerrible read. The authors chose to simply clip together interviews and articles they have completed in the past. The end result is that you hear the same story repeatedly throughout the book, only from the differing perspectives of the people who are telling the story. It makes what should be an interesting read tedious. The history of gay Chicago cannot be told without understanding the life of Chuck Renslow -- the community and Chuck deserve a story that is told with greater care and concern. About half-way through, I grew extremely tired and skimmed the balance of the book....more
Probably one of the best books I've read about leadership and management. This book highlights three overarching styles of leadership, and expands onProbably one of the best books I've read about leadership and management. This book highlights three overarching styles of leadership, and expands on the type of situations that call for them. The central theme focuses on how often companies and organizations that are stuck are employing the wrong leadership style to the current challenges. This will help anyone with a strategic mind become more strategic, and anyone who is looking to become more strategic to understand some of the greater dynamics they must navigate to do so....more
While this is a page turner, that has more to do with the grotesque nature of the true crime that makes Gacy fascinating than it does with the craft oWhile this is a page turner, that has more to do with the grotesque nature of the true crime that makes Gacy fascinating than it does with the craft of writing. As a result, this reads a bit like an epistle justifying why Amirante chose to defend Gacy. Throughout the entire book, Amirante and Broderick talk of Gacy's 'homosexual tendencies' in a vernacular that is more appropriate for 1979 than today. For a self-actualized gay man in 2012, their commentary grows tiring, and often had me wondering if the authors themselves were homophobic on some level. It's as if the mere act of writing about gay sex is cause for them to defend their own sexuality. The resulting tone, unfortunately, is that of a tall tale told in the misty confines of a country club locker room. It's not hard to picture the authors standing around naked, wrapped in a towel, telling a story about the time they had to come to the defense of some sissy. Don't be confused though, they only stepped forward because they were raised right. Who really cares about what homosexuals do in private, right? It's not until the epilogue that they redeem themselves and, for the first time in the entire text, deal with Gacy's sexuality. It is here that they discuss how Gacy's own internalized homophobia was so strong, he often could never speak of it, or acknowledge that side of his persona. It's unfortunate that it takes the book to come to this point, rather than the authors bring it up at the beginning of the story and infuse the impacting weight of Gacy's homophobia throughout. Now, with 30 years perspective, it would have been nice if the authors had spent some time reflecting on the meaning of Gacy, and the depth of pain he suffered from being programmed by an abusive father who never could accept Gacy for who he really was. It is in that very reflection that can lead us, as readers, to realize that Gacy may have been raving mad from the get-go, but had he known true unconditional love, how might he have been different? How might all of our children be different if they each were taught to be confident in who they are? Might that be the way from stopping serial killers? Teen suicide? Rather than a regurgitation of facts in a locker room tall tale, that story would have been a true page-turner that we all could learn from....more
For a first book, this is much better than I anticipated. Also contains more substance than I anticipated and real characters the reader comes to careFor a first book, this is much better than I anticipated. Also contains more substance than I anticipated and real characters the reader comes to care about. My greatest disappointment was that the book just ends, leaving us hanging, wondering if he ever gets a boyfriend. ...more