Queer like me

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 7:20am

Jarrett Neal’s collection of fearless essays explores sexuality and race What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity by Jarrett Neal (Chelsea Station Editions 2015) $18; 175 pp. Born to a 14-year-old mother and raised in a household with an alcoholic grandfather, Jarrett Neal was in eighth grade when his gym class accidentally [...]

­Confessions off the dancefloor

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:30am

20 years ago, self-described ‘front row bitch’ Matthew Rettenmund wrote an exhaustive compendium of all things Madge. Now he revisits the ultimate tribute of literary superfandom, ‘The Encyclopedia Madonnica’ Matthew Rettenmund is only kidding, but his enduring commitment to Madonna isn’t lost on him when he jokes, “She has me on speed hang-up.” It’s a [...]

A cookbook that sizzles

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:15am

Wesley Smoot’s ‘Home-O-Erotic Cookbook’ — going from beefcake to just desserts ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Wesley Smoot has a passion for publishing. And a passion for food. And he’s a gay man, so also a passion for hot, half-naked guys. The question was: How could he explore all three? The answer was: [...]

Love and (gay) marriage

Posted on 05 Feb 2016 at 6:00am

The history of same-sex marriage is longer than you think; also, YA romance with a trans twist The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World by Michael McConnell with Jack Baker (as told to Gail Langer Karwoski) (University of Minnesota Press 2016) $22.95; 200 pp. As a child playing with neighborhood girls, Michael McConnell remembers wanting the [...]

Book review: ‘You Don’t Own Me’

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 7:35am

You Don’t Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore by Trevor Tolliver (Backbeat 2015) $25; 209 pp. Born into an era of lush crooners and big band swing, Lesley Sue Goldstein was, according to her parents, a musical prodigy. At six months, she could “duplicate the melody of a song;” as a toddler, [...]

Gay author and former Dallasite Greg Cope White signs book about life in the Marines

Posted on 13 Jan 2016 at 8:17am

Gay author and former Dallasite Greg Cope White signs book about life in the Marines

Page turners

Posted on 25 Dec 2015 at 7:25am

The best reads in fiction, nonfiction and kid-lit in 2015 As you look back over your year, there are a lot of things you notice. You had fun… you had some really great meals with really great friends … and especially in my case, there were books. Out of more than 120, here are the [...]

Holiday reading

Posted on 11 Dec 2015 at 6:00am

Eric Jerome Dickey revisits Xmas; style maven Cintra Wilson reads fashion Naughtier than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton 2015) $25.95; 357 pp. There’s a secret inside you, one you’ve been keeping far too long and you’re about to burst. You need to talk about it. You need some advice, some perspective. And in Eric [...]

Rebel heart

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 7:25am

It’s been 60 years since James Dean’s death, but the legend lives on Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: James Dean’s Final Hours by Keith Elliot Greenberg (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books 2015) $25; 304 pp. Markie Winslow Jr. adored his cousin, Jimmie. A few years older, Jimmy played with Markie and took [...]

Obama through a rainbow lens

Posted on 23 Oct 2015 at 6:00am

Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency by Kerry Eleveld (Basic Books, 2015) $26.99; 330 pages When then-Sen. Barack Obama made his first run for the White House in 2008, he campaigned for LGBT support by pledging to overturn the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t [...]