Going whole hog

Posted on 07 Feb 2014 at 8:05am

Just in time for his upcoming reading, gay ‘Star Search’ winner Sam Harris proves as gifted a storyteller as singer in his dishy memoir ‘Ham’ Ham: Slices of a Life by Sam Harris (Gallery Books 2014), $26; 304 pp. A minute in the spotlight can do wonders for a soul. It certainly did for Sam Harris, [...]

Trans tale: ‘My Brother My Sister’

Posted on 31 Jan 2014 at 7:55am

Growing up in Richmond, Va., in the post-WWII years, Molly Haskell, her brother Chevey and their friends enjoyed the same clubs, schools, cotillions, and churches. She remembers a childhood of privilege and happiness. What Chevey remembers is sneaking into Haskell’s closet to try on her clothes. Haskell never knew that until years later, when Chevey [...]

Year in review: books

Posted on 03 Jan 2014 at 7:25am

We continue our look back at ’13 with a list of the people in North Texas arts and culture who helped define the year Reading — pfft! Who has time?  Who can take hours and hours to actually read a book, especially if it’s not all that good?  Why waste that kind of time? The [...]

‘Manifest’ destiny

Posted on 27 Nov 2013 at 4:10pm

Blake Little’s photo essay of bear culture covers the erotic & esoteric   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Blake Little has spent the last five days covering gay men in honey. It’s not as kinky — or as funny — as it sounds. It’s not even all gay men: There are some ’tweens, babies, [...]

A Laramie project

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 at 5:00am

Gay author’s controversial re-telling of Matthew Shepard case bound to confuse hate crime’s legacy The Book of Matt by Stephen Jimenez (Steerforth Press 2013); $26; 360 pp. Sometimes, you don’t know what to think. You hear both sides of a story, both conflicting. Rumors are whispered, denials issued, and you’re left to make up your [...]

Another turn of the screw

Posted on 25 Oct 2013 at 9:35am

Gay author John Boyne plays it straight in a page-turning, Dickensian chiller We’ve all had the feeling: It’s bedtime, you make a sweep of the house, you locked the door … or did you? When you’re jolted awake at 3 o’dark in the morning, are you hearing something that isn’t there? Are you alone? In [...]

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 [...]