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 […]

Ewing seen nothin’ yet

Posted on 09 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

‘Dallas’ star Linda Gray pens her memoir, and Sue Ellen is better than ever ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Linda Gray is so closely associated with Dallas — not just the TV show, but the city — that she found herself in denial even after the revived version of the soap was on the […]

Gay author goes to unsettling depths in story collection

Posted on 25 Sep 2015 at 7:20am

Nothing Looks Familiar by Shawn Syms (Arsenal Pulp Press 2015) $15.95; 184 pp. … And they lived happily ever after. Even today, years after you’ve outgrown fairy tales, those words make you smile. Oh, how you love a happy ending, even though (and maybe because) life doesn’t always work out that way. As a matter […]

No Stonewall left unturned

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 7:40am

Pride time: Histories of Stonewall, gay activism, Woodstock inform readers young and old; plus a language lesson Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum (Viking 2015) $17; 120 pp. Your favorite hangout may not be all that fancy, but you’ve got places to sit, flat surfaces for your stuff and […]