Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Merging Fiction and Fact"

BookMen are deep, I trust, in their reading of Paul Russell's The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov. After finishing (though at any time really — there are no "spoilers" for this book), they may be interested to read Kat Long's interview on the Lambda Literary Review website. Also worthwhile is Terri Salomon's review of this book there. Unreal Life has oddly had more blurbs (even without doubling) than reviews (at least that I've been able to locate).

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Too Much Flesh!?

After reading the first of the essays assigned in Fifty Gay and Lesbian Books, I googled Coleman Dowell to see how preposterous he was. I landed on the Amazon site of his book, "Too Much Flesh and Jabez" and found that the image on the cover was not reproduced unless you click on the image. With good reason, as can be seen here. After reading the critique, you will understand the reason why.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

BookMen's Disco Faves

Very good discussion last night about Alice Echols' Hot Stuff. I only regret that none of our younger readers showed up. We who did have lived through that era (some even danced through it—ecstatically!). I would have been most interested to have learned what disco had meant to someone who hadn't and how that perception had been altered by reading the book. All who attended enthusias-tically recommend Hot Stuff, if any young or old have been sitting on the sidelines wondering. I include the Saturday Night Fever poster because the book in all its multi-facetedness opened my eyes widest about this movie. I'm not sure I want to re-view it but I do feel as though I was formerly perhaps too dismissive. Anyhow, everyone loves a list and here's everyone's chance to pile on. Email me or better add a comment listing your (next) favorite three and I'll add them to the list below.
 "Make Me Believe in You" — Patti Jo          — 1973
              "Giving Up" — Zulema            — 1973
          "Dancing Queen" — Abba              — 1976
          "Kiss Me Again" — Dinosaur          — 1977
            "I Feel Love" — Donna Summer      — 1978
         "I Will Survive" — Gloria Gaynor     — 1978
         "Heart of Glass" — Blondie           — 1979
              "Hot Stuff" — Donna Summer      — 1979
          "We Are Family" — Sister Sledge     — 1979
               "Y.M.C.A." — Village People    — 1979
"Is It All Over My Face?" — Loose Joints      — 1980
      "Don't You Want Me" — The Human League  — 1981
      "Do You Wanna Funk" — Sylvester         — 1982
       "It's Raining Men" — The Weather Girls — 1982
                 "Gloria" — Laura Branigan    — 1982
P.S. I threw this together quickly. If anyone has a better youtube link, please let me know.