Saturday Submissions

Page 1 of 3212345...1020...Last »

Book Review: After Alice By Gregory Maguire

In: Saturday Submissions, The Arts, Totally GAY!
after-alice-gregory-maguire-book-review

From the guy that brought us Wicked comes a new spin on another classic. Gregory Maguire takes us down the rabbit hole after Alice.

It’s the story of what happened after Alice disappeared. When she first went to Wonderland, she left behind her in Oxford her sister Lydia and her friend Ada. Ada, too, finds herself in Wonderland, meeting many of your favourite characters: the Hatter, the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Chesire Cat, as she looks for Alice. Meanwhile, Lydia looks for both Alice and Ada in 1860s Oxford, where her father is entertaining none other than Charles Darwin.

Maguire perfectly captures the Lewis Carroll feeling. The characters are as quirky and nonsensical as the originals. What’s more, his playful use of language shows an appreciation for English that we see too rarely. Like Carroll did before, Maguire twists common phrases, poems, and puns to shape the whimsy and the madness of Wonderland.

Read the rest of this entry »

gay-marriage

At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, the US Supreme Court convened in its marble adorned chamber in the heart of Washington, DC. First up on the docket this morning was the announcement that everyone had been waiting for Chief Justice John Roberts to make – that Justice Anthony Kennedy had the opinion of the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark marriage case now decided exactly two years since the Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, and exactly twelve years since it struck down laws prohibiting sodomy. The decision was 5-4, with Justice Kennedy joined by liberal justices Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Chief Justice Roberts, along with Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, were in the minority, each of them writing strident dissents.

Justice Kennedy, whose status as a gay rights hero was cemented today, was also the justice behind every single gay rights decision in the Court’s history, starting with Romer v. Evans which struck down discriminatory laws in Colorado, through to Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned statutes that criminalized gay sex, to U.S. v. Windsor, which forced the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, and on to today, where he and his colleagues took the step many had hoped they would take two years ago when California’s Proposition 8 was before the justices.

Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Boystown Season 1 & 2 By Jake Biondi

In: Saturday Submissions, Totally GAY!
boystown-season-one

I recently stumbled across writer Jake Biondi promoting his upcoming Season 3 of Boystown and, being intrigued, I immediately went out to download Seasons 1 and 2. If you, like me, enjoyed shows like Melrose Place, Revenge, or any over the top serial drama, this is the gay version you’ve been waiting for.

The story centers around a group of friends in Chicago, their relationships, and all their delicious drama. Central to that group of friends are the Mancini brothers: Derek and Emmett. Happily coupled off with Joyelle and Keith respectively, Derek and Emmett both seem to have picture perfect lives, but all that’s about to change, for them, their partners, their friends Maxwell and Logan… When newcomers Cole and Jesse are added to the mix, those picture perfect lives begin to unravel.

more pictures after the jump

the-last-ones-book-review-justin-zirilli

Into every new club, a new generation is born, one who will fill it with laughter and tears and drama and sex and pretension and life.

The Last Ones is the story of the last night of Club Legion, one of those gay clubs that has meant the world to so many, that has BEEN the world to so many. In these pages are the lives not only of the people whose stories we get to glimpse so briefly but also the stories of all the gays we’ve known in all the clubs we’ve loved and lost.

Legion is the kind of club where everybody knows your name, but only if you want them too. It is just as easy to remain anonymous, one of the many, a part apart.

Read the rest of this entry »

Because this writing style is all the rage.

Look, this informal lead sentence will prepare you for a meta-conversational article which is persuasive because we’re just two buddies kiki-ing, here. Nothing scary about that, right?

With that out of the way: I’m not a huge CrossFit zealot. I’m a skeptic by nature, who CrossFits because it works for me. I wanted to be fit and look good, now I am and I do. I don’t eat paleo, I compete casually, and I only talk about CrossFit when people ask me how I got it like that.

But it seems to have become ok for people who don’t do it to hate on it, and I’m not sure I understand why that is, except maybe people who haven’t got it like that tend to resent people who do, and maybe they know a few douchebags who give the whole community a bad name, and maybe they’re too intimidated to try it themselves.

Read the rest of this entry »

This was not the Robin Reardon I am used to reading. Most of Robin’s books are set in the here-and-now. This is set in 1972, and 1972 was a very different time for gay guys. Further, most of Robin’s books are from the point of view of a gay guy. Not this time though.

Paul Landon is sixteen, and his older brother Chris is fighting in Vietnam. During a Thanksgiving furlough, Chris comes home, and just before he leaves, comes out to Paul. Paul is stunned by the news, news he can’t share with his parents. Paul can’t bring himself to say a proper goodbye when Chris ships out again. And Chris doesn’t make it back. He is killed in action, and Paul crumbles under not only the secret his brother was gay but the guilt at how they parted.

Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Beautiful People by Simon Doonan

In: Saturday Submissions, The Arts, Totally GAY!

You may have seen the BBC series, but still, read the book. Its subtitle: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, says it all. Simon Doonan looks back on his life and the people in it.

If you’ve seen the show, you know some of the characters; they’re here, though different, perhaps more real. His flamboyant mother, his sensitive father, his (here gay) sister, his best friend Biddie, blind aunt Phyllis and her seeing eye dog Lassie. They’re joined by his crazy Uncle Ken, by his crazier grandmother Narg, and by a supporting ensemble of the quirky, the over-the-top, the grotesque, and the beautiful.

Read the rest of this entry »

Ethan Poe is an outlier. He doesn’t feel he fits in with any groups at his school, partly because of his Goth appearance (inspired by his distant relative Edgar Allan), partly because he’s gay. The only person that knows the latter though is his friend Jorja, a fellow outlier, and one who is constantly praying that Ethan will stop being gay. As Jorja becomes even more intense about her religion, Ethan’s brother Kyle too seems caught up in a religious fever, and in his case, it is becoming disturbing indeed.

If that’s not complicated enough for a sixteen-year-old whose parents are recently separated, life takes an interesting turn in the person of Max Modine, beautiful and mysterious, and apparently as attracted to Ethan as Ethan is to him.

Read the rest of this entry »

Page 1 of 3212345...1020...Last »

Be Our Friend

Best Apps For Dating?