Food for thought? 

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 at 6:45am

Gay memoir gorges on sadness Autobiography of My Hungers by Rigoberto González (2013, University of Wisconsin Press) $19.95; 113 pp. When he was a young boy living with his family in Mexico, Rigoberto González’s kitchen job was to separate the piedrita (pebbles) from the beans before his mother put them in the pot. He enjoyed [...]

A hard man is good to find

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:50am

Steamy and arousing, ‘The Hardest Thing’ is a thrilling page-turner with a superbly crafted anti-hero The Hardest Thing by James Lear (Cleis Press 2013) $15.95; 264 pp. Why is love a complicated mess? Well, in The Hardest Thing, the characters might ask, “Why does love have to be so deadly difficult?” He was angry, but [...]

Hero worship?

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 11:40am

Memoir of Giffords’ gay staffer light on insights, interest They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth by Daniel Hernandez with Susan Goldman Rubin (Simon & Schuster 2013). $18; 224 pp. These days, it takes more than a cool costume to be considered a hero. But in his recounting of his role in [...]

Amateur hour

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 11:35am

Campy humor of ’60s deb ‘Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante’ lacks bite Maxie Mainwaring, Lesbian Dilettante by Monica Nolan (Kensington Books 2013) $15; 288 pp. Job-bobbing isn’t what Maxie wanted to do as a career, but there she is, feeling like an ill-employed rubber ball, ready to bounce to the next workplace. In the new book [...]

Swallowing his Pride

Posted on 06 Sep 2013 at 8:30am

Chubby-gay-kid-cum-sexy-author Mark Brennan Rosenberg turned his food obsession into a fitness mantra — and a memoir When Mark Brennan Rosenberg was growing up in suburban D.C., he was a fat, nerdy, unpopular gay kid. But just look at him now. Still gay — very gay — but a hot gym rat with a popular blog [...]

Laid ‘Bear’

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 8:15am

‘Bear City’ screenwriter and Voice contributor Lawrence Ferber turns novelist, and asks himself the tough questions   Editor’s note: When Dallas Voice gets the chance to interview a celebrity, we often turn to contributing writer Lawrence Ferber to hit them up with sassy and insightful questions. So when we heard that the hit gay rom-com [...]

We love Lucy

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 at 9:45am

Cross-dressing pioneer makes for fascinating story The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber (Greenleaf Book Group Press 2013) $25, 304 pp. For a woman in the 1850s, wanting to live as a man wasn’t as simple as seeing your doctor and googling everything you could on transgender and gender identity. But that [...]

Summer reading

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 11:45am

Time to sit by the pool and consume some of these gay-interest titles Truth to tell In Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls (Little, Brown 2013), beloved gay humorist and monologist David Sedaris once again employs his specific brand of storytelling to regale the reader with deliriously funny tales from his childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Man [...]

Lambda Lit winners include John Irving

Posted on 17 Jun 2013 at 9:56am

John Irving, Dale Carpenter win Lambda Literary Awards, but not John Boyne

Noble Savage

Posted on 07 Jun 2013 at 9:30am

Dan Savage’s new memoir slash advice book pushes all the right hot-buttons American Savage by Dan Savage (Dutton 2013); $26.95; 301 pp You’ve got this sticky issue, a little problem, a thing you need help with but you aren’t sure you can trust anybody. Your sister is a big-mouth, your mom won’t understand, and your [...]