Just days before Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, signed the state’s bogus “religious freedom” law and made IN a poster child of intolerance, I received an advance copy of Michelangelo Signorile’s latest book, It’s Not Over.
Talk about timing…
Signorile postulates that the incredible progress seen with regards to LGBT rights and in particular marriage equality in recent years has fanned the flames of homophobia in America and stiffened the resolve of conservatives who are determined to win this cultural war. He also turns a critical eye to supposed “allies” of the LGBT community in Washington, the media and Hollywood who too often remain complacent and in the words of the book “become a roadblock to progress.” I’ve yet to read the book and have based my summary on reviews as well as the inside book cover’s description and will write about it again after the book is available for sale.
The timing of this book could not be more appropriate as other states emboldened by Indiana now contemplate similar “religious freedom” laws and an increasingly conservative wing of the Republican Party begins to flex its muscle as the Presidential Primary season for 2016 begins.
The 259 page book (77 of which are notes added to the end of the book) is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will be available for sale on April 7th. If you plan on purchasing this book consider supporting your local LGBT bookstore. In Boston you can order a copy at Calamus Bookstore.
Since the start of the new year I’ve become hooked on podcasts (again). It all started when a colleague suggested I listen to the podcast series, Serial. I hadn’t listened to a podcast in a few years but the series got me hooked and since then I’ve downloaded several others.
Two of my favorite podcasts are Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and TED Radio Hour. Other podcasts I currently have on my iPhone include Stuff You Missed in History Class, Real Time with Bill Maher (although I never seem to end up listening to this one) and PBS News Hour. I had forgotten how much I enjoy listening to good stories and or just funny commentary.
If you happen to see me at the gym spontaneously burst out in laughter – now you know why. Do you listen to podcasts? Which are your favorites?
Queerty recently wrote a post, Ten Of The Hottest Sex Scenes In Popular Literature.
They wrote, “We have become accustomed to increasingly realistic sex scenes in film but what about the similar pleasures from literature? Examples of literary homoeroticism abound, many times long before cinematic breakthroughs became routine.” Looking at their list of the ten “hottest sex scenes in popular literature”, I realized I had only read one of the books (Maurice) and watched two of the books as movies (Less Than Zero and Broke Back Mountain).
I love reading gay fiction but the ‘sex scenes’ are not the reason I buy a book (or take them out from the library – yes, I do that too). I just like reading stories that have gay themes, because when it is done well – they resonate with me.
Here is a list of gay fiction novels that I loved reading. This isn’t a complete list by any means but is a nice start. Do you like to read gay fiction? What are some of your favorite gay fiction novels?
The entire Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Hey Day by Michael Viktor Butler
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
The national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, Marc Solomon, is back in Boston on Monday, November 10th at Club Cafe to kick off his national book tour to promote Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won.
The book, with a forward by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, shares the inside story of how marriage in Massachusetts was won and the state’s critical role in making this a national dialog.
Meet Marc Solomon at Club Cafe at 209 Columbus Avenue – Monday, November 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The program is free and open to the public.
Tonight Herbie Hancock kicks off the 2014 Boston Book Festival with his Memoir Keynote and on Friday evening Susan Minot gives the Fiction Keynote. On Saturday the 2014 BBF starts in earnest with programs through out the weekend.
Peruse the full calendar of events for Saturday and Sunday which are mostly free and open to the public: 2014 BBF Calendar of Events.
Ten years ago Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. And after the US Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in the summer of 2013 a tipping point had been reached; as of right now there are 32 states provide legal recognition and that number seems to be growing by the day.
Author and community organizer, Marc Solomon, who wrote, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won, has been invited by TWC to have a “Meet the Author”.
What: Author Salon — Marc Solomon
When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Where: BoConcept, 999 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA
RSVP: Purchase tickets here
The Author Salon as TWC refers to it is on Tuesday, November 11 in Cambridge. In addition to the titillating discussion, you can enjoy complimentary drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka and Hint, plus the chance to buy a signed copy of Winning Marriage (at a discount!). Previous Author Salons hosted by TWC have sold out so if this is of interest, mark the date on your calendar and get your tix – quick.
The Boston Book Festival takes place next weekend October 23 – 25 in Copley Square and through out much of the Back Bay. I believe this marks the 6th annual book festival which has grown significantly and last year attracted more than 25,000 people.
The weekend event combines a street festival with an array of authors and other literary presenters from here and around the world. Daytime events at the Boston Book Festival are free and there are some lectures and other evening events that are offered for a modest fee. If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out. More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.