Richard Derus's Reviews > A City Comes Out: How Celebrities Made Palm Springs a Gay and Lesbian Paradise

A City Comes Out by David Wallace
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Jan 12, 2012

it was ok
Read in June, 2010

Rating: 2* of five

Oh my dear sweet goddesses. ANOTHER gossipy tell-not-so-much entry in the evergreen (apparently) "Was THAT ONE queer, too?" celebrity book genre.

I don't really care that much who is/was/will be disporting him/erself in what fashion, or with whom. I don't like the idea of invading someone's privacy, unless they've asked me to (eg, porn, magazine interview). So why did I procure this little marvy? Because it was a buck.

It's not poorly written, for the genre. It's not awful, it's not wonderful, it's just...dreary. Some of the celebrities Wallace profiles need defining for audiences younger than Wallace, so he does...which ends up making me feel older than dirt. (I mean, Tab Hunter? Janet Gaynor? Y'all've never heard of THEM?!)

What I hoped for when I got the book was a spiced-up treatment of Palm Springs's social changes and what they mean to GLBTQs of all ages. What I got was a dulled-down version of a smutty tell-all.

Recommend it? To whom? And why?
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