Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Upcoming Gay Books: Fall 2008

Try finding a review of upcoming gay books. Anywhere. In this age of information technology, the web is letting us down.
There is no concise way of finding out upcoming releases. I read in the local paper George Michael is writing a biography (Autumn 2009). OUT magazine recently had its fall book preview with 3 books. 1, 2, 3. I don't see why this can't be a full monthly magazine and I can't even find an article on it, so I decided to create my own preview. It's going to be selective, like leaving off the book written by the pregnant man, but it's still the best available.
If you know another source, let me know.

September 8 has Out of the Blue: Confessions of an Unlikely Porn Star by Blue Blake:

"Out of the Blue is a hilarious autobiographical romp that details the life of porn star turned director/producer Blue Blake and his adventures in the skin trade. Blue has worked with every major star in the industry and won many major awards and honors, including induction into the Gay Porn Legend Hall of Fame."

September 23 has the paperback of When You Were Me by Robert Rodi:

"In Rodi's tepid latest, Jack Ackerly, 53, has made a pile in public relations and earned himself a comfortable place among Chicago's gay A-crowd, but the recent decamping of his boyfriend, Wicker Park art dealer Harold "Harry" McGann, has left him aware of a hole in his life. At the other end of the social sphere, 26-year-old space cadet Corey Szaslow lives on the kindness of friends, getting by—just barely—on his looks. A crystal meth habit he's lately kicked has cost him most of his friends, and he's now wondering what it would be like to get a job, maybe some health insurance. They meet cute (Jack hits Corey's bicycle with his Porsche), the two quickly engage in an unholy plot to switch bodies via New Age witch Francesca LaBrash: Corey will be middle-aged and liver-spotted with a 36-inch waist and an uninspiring hard-on, but he'll be rich. Jack will be young once more and able to enjoy the promiscuous sex he denied himself while climbing the ladder of Mammon. Queer pulp favorite Rodi (Fag Hag, etc.) makes a rare misstep; Victorian satirist F. Anstey, who originated the body-switching genre with Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers in 1882, has a lot to answer for."

October 10 has Dirty White Boy, Tales of Soho by Clayton Littlewood:

"What is the correct etiquette for visiting a brothel? How should you react when a transsexual wants to show you her latest surgery? Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when they’re buying underwear? These are the questions that matter in London's Soho neighborhood, where Clayton Littlewood runs designer clothing store Dirty White Boy. From his window on one of the busiest street corners in the world, Clayton watches the daily parade of fashion queens, prostitutes, gangsters and celebrities that make up the population of this strangest of villages. His Soho diary is a snapshot of modern London, caught between the ghosts of the past and the uncertainties of the future. The cast of characters range from Sue and Maggie, the girls from the brothel upstairs to Angela the feisty trannie to Pam the Fag Lady, begging for money and cuddles and Chico, the campest queen on Old Compton Street. Not to mention cameo appearances from stars (Kathy Griffin, Janice Dickinson and Graham Norton). And admist all this madness occurs one of the strangest and most touching love stories you will ever read."

Releasing October 28 is New Attitude: An Adult Paper Doll Book:

"You’ll love this new deluxe edition of an underground classic. Meet 37 outrageous, sexy, glamorous swinging singles and socialites at a fabulous Manhattan cocktail party hosted by "Aunt Mary." A parade of gay and lesbian stereotypes are trotted out in paper doll form for perusal in this reprint of the iconic, highly collectible Attitudes book first released by renown paper doll artist Tom Tierney in 1979. This new volume has been recreated, now in full color and with six new characters, to commemorate one of the early books in a long series of paper doll books for which Tierney has become famous. Enjoy hairdressers, movie stars, millionaires, models, drag queens, and others, each nearly naked in seductive lingerie, and with character appropriate clothing."

Also in October is X-Posed by Dylan Rosser:

"Dylan Rosser focuses on the purity and sensuality of the male form, often showing not much more than a smooth, sexy male body using light and shadow to accentuate the athletic curves and shapes of the models. The key idea of X-POSED is to keep it all nude, because as soon as items of clothing are added, one inevitably ends up with an image dated in time. But Rosser's aim is the timeless and classic."

and Micheal Lucas' Gigolos:

"Michael Lucas and his gigolos come from the upper crust of society. They live a life deluxe; glamorous and sexy. They come in all the varieties one can wish for. The muscular model and hung boy go hand in hand. Following the elaborate staged films that are as successful as award-winning, such as "Michael Lucas’ Dangerous Liaisons" and "Michael Lucas’ La Dolce Vita." Finally here it is: Michael Lucas, The Book."

November 11, 2008 brings us Uncensored Photography by Joe Oppedisano:

"A bold, masculine, and completely uncensored continuation of the best-selling photography book Testosterone, Joe Oppedisano's Uncensored is a journey of men and their deepest desires. From straightforward pinup portraits of uninhibited men and their raw sensuality to elaborate fantasies of bondage, sex, and ecstasy, Uncensored delivers the quality you've come to expect from Oppedisano and amplifies it ten-fold!
Uncensored documents Oppedisano as he bravely steps outside his realm of dark, erotically charged dungeons. Each page is injected with a compellingly tantalizing display of flesh as he embarks upon his mission with a successful mix of masculinity, sexuality, glam and ironic humor amidst stunningly bright locations. Rugged men openly engage in displays of bondage on urban sidewalks while muscular athletes are captured in breathtaking form surrounded by lush landscapes. Through the lens of his camera, Oppedisano opens a new door with Uncensored, which proudly takes audiences both new and old to another level of artistic vision only previously imagined.
Features some of today's hottest porn stars including Steve Cruz (cover model), Colton Ford, Tober Brandt, Jake Deckard, Erik Rhodes and more."

Also in November is Down the Rabbit Hole by Justin Monroe:

"Justin Monroe’s images tell entire stories. Tales of good and bad you don’t see from Hollywood. Like Alice in Wonderland, Monroe takes the viewer DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE and plunges him into a foreign, strange and weird world. This book is a roller-coaster ride through twisted worlds full of surprises. Fairytales where people freeze and life-sized dolls take over. But sexy dolls they are! Get prepared for thrilling new perspectives into the sexier part of the human psyche."
Featuring a nude Jesus:

TBA is Nazi Boy by William Maltese:

"Maltese once again intrigues, fascinates and, even, against all odds, arouses us, by capitalizing upon his fascination with the dark side of Hitler's Germany. NAZI BOY provides every indication that homosexuality continued to thrive, sometimes none too clandestinely, within the ranks of the Aryan elite even as less fortunate and less-well-connected gays were callously and hypocritically turned to smoke in the concentration camps of a Third Reich gone stark-raving mad."

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