Political allies

Posted on 13 May 2016 at 7:35am

How a black lesbian and the first lady of the United States formed an unexpected friendship The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott (Alfred A. Knopf 2016) $30; 480 pp. Eleanor Roosevelt’s Camp Tera, nestled near New York’s Hudson River, was initially meant to be a temporary, helping place for Depression-era women who […]

Book review: ‘The Best Party of Our Lives’

Posted on 06 May 2016 at 6:00am

The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings by Sarah Galvin (Sasquatch Books 2015) $19; 226 pp. Even though she always figured she’d end up spending her life with a woman, Sarah Galvin writes that she “certainly had no interest in weddings.” They just weren’t relevant to her, except for an irksome knowledge […]

Memories that sing

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 at 7:25am

Author Rashod Ollison tells the story of his life, with the records he loved as soundtrack Soul Serenade by Rashod Ollison. c.2016, Beacon Press, $25.95 USA/$30 Canada, 230 pages Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An […]

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 […]