I realized after reading Augusten Burrough's "Magical Thinking" and Ford's "The Little Book of Neuroses" and the like that I'm not really a fan of collections of witty/humorous essays and personal stories. I guess because I expect all the essays to crack me up. So far, I've yet to read a book that has made me laugh from front to back (...yet).
"Neuroses" was an entertaining read. Some were hilarious, some serious and some thought-provoking. I found myself laughing at some parts. I also found myself nodding in agreement as if Ford read my mind, such as gays in monogamous relationships.
It's worth a read and perhaps you'll laugh more than I did. ...more
A must-read for everyone! Larry Kramer doesn't mince his words. He's really frank about gays in regards to how they treat each other and how America tA must-read for everyone! Larry Kramer doesn't mince his words. He's really frank about gays in regards to how they treat each other and how America treats gays. Be prepared to be smacked in the face with Larry's brutally honest words. After reading this little book (100 pages), you won't be able to just read it and move on to the next book. You'll read it and do something (I hope). ...more
I had never heard of Kevin Jennings before reading *Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son*. I got this book as a gift for myAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I had never heard of Kevin Jennings before reading *Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son*. I got this book as a gift for my partner as he is from North Carolina. Read this after my partner read it. My partner loved it as he said he could relate to Kevin.
Kevin cracked me up with his memoirs on religion, family, school, sexuality and perspectives. Some of the things he said had me going 'my thoughts exactly'.
Kevin grew up Southern Baptist with his father as a preacher. However, his father had a hard time hanging on to a congregation. So, like a military brat, he moved around constantly until his father suddenly passed away. Uneducated, his mother set out to get a job. She landed a job with McDonald's and became their best employee. With a job in hand, Kevin's mother was able to provide stability in his life. However, regardless of the stability, Kevin was facing taunts from school, calling him degratory names. For those of us who grew up gay or struggled with our sexuality, we all know what that felt like.
After high school, he went on to Harvard. From there, Kevin took off like a rocket, especially after Harvard where he founded the Gay-Straight Alliance and other similar organizations.
It was such a lovely book that I enjoyed and couldn't put down. I wasn't expecting to be crying at the end where his mother was dying. It was somewhat similar to my mother's death. In fact, they almost thought alike...especially about the flowers. From that point on, I was crying like a baby. But it was a good cry.
Overall, wonderful memoir filled with humor, inspiration and perspectives. ...more
If you liked *Magical Thinking*, then you'll like *Possible Side Effects*. However, I do have to say that *MagicaAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
If you liked *Magical Thinking*, then you'll like *Possible Side Effects*. However, I do have to say that *Magical Thinking* was funnier. Don't get me wrong, *Possible Side Effects* was funny but not as good as Burroughs' previous book.
Of course, Burroughs never runs out of things to say about his eccentric life. In this book, he talks about his grandparents, his fashion fetish of collegiate t-shirts, alcoholism, jobs and a few other topics.
Even though Burroughs wasn't as funny as his previous book, it's still an enjoyable read. Heck, he's so good that you can't put it down. He has an interesting way with words and sometimes it just leads to a chuckle or two. ...more
Ok, I'm not one of those people who go crazy or rave about a gay porn star, especially if they're well-endowed. AAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Ok, I'm not one of those people who go crazy or rave about a gay porn star, especially if they're well-endowed. Ask me who is Tom Chase or Chad Hunt and I'll be blinking my clueless eyes.
Anyways, what led me to buy this memoir of Aidan Shaw and waste my time, I have no idea and I don't think I'll get those wasted hours back. I think I got this book because I had read Shaw's books before. So, I thought that his memoir would be interesting.
You know how some people complain how some books contained expletives in every other words? Well, in Shaw's memoir, every other word was a name of a drug or a sex act. In other words, boring!
The only good part about this book (and I'm being nice) was his experience in the hospital/rehab after he was ran over by a car which left him semi-paralyzed. How he positioned himself prior to the runover...that's another story for readers and fans to debate.
Otherwise, unless you truly enjoy knowing one's active drug usage and frequent sex escapades, this is just one redundant memoir. I mean, really! He flies back and forth from England to the United States for more drugs and more sex. If porn stars are like Shaw, then life as a porn star is one sad life. ...more
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and gAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
All gay men should know who Tom of Finland is. You're bound to see a picture or two in gay bookstores, bars and galleries. If you're not familiar with Tom, then you need to get out more often!
I found *Dirty Pictures* not just fascinating with these wonderful and eye-catching pictures but educational with Tom of Finland's background and his intentions/purposes behind each pictures.
It's amazing how having a network with friends can lead one to be legendary, if you could call it that. Prior to meeting Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorne, Tom of Finland's works were just considered pornographic. Over time, that gradually changed.
I wished this book contained all of Tom's pictures, along with a background for each of them. However, with what knowledge that I've learned here, I cannot wait to see the other works of Tom's and do my own analyses. That's the fun part....more
Honestly, you can only write a few pages about your drug and sexual addiction without repeating. Who needs to knoAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Honestly, you can only write a few pages about your drug and sexual addiction without repeating. Who needs to know that it's the same thing day after day, even if it was a different person or a different drug.
Nyswaner, a screenwriter of *Philadelphia*, opens up his memoir with the death of his escort, which he soon learns that he didn't even know the escort's real name. Then, he goes back in time to where he first encounters Johann, a hustler.
The aftermath of *Philadelphia*'s success soon takes Nyswaner on a tumbling spiral to drug addiction and sex. To deal with stress, such as his ailing parents, he turns to Johann. Johann is a foreign eccentric who provides Nyswaner with drugs before having sex.
Nyswaner soon forsakes everyone as well as his job. His life revolves solely around Johann. At the same time, Nyswaner tries to get out of this bleak life. He seeks help, which he gets from a quirky Asian counselor. Despite his attempts to turn his life around, he still falls for Johann. His turning point doesn't come until Johann dies out of the blue.
I found myself restless with this book because his life with drugs and sex is the same thing, day in and day out. There is nothing really interesting about Nyswaner's life and his enigmatic escort, Johann. ...more