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Nobody is better at capturing the ups and downs of queer life than Michael Thomas Ford, author of the popular My Queer Life syndicated column. This original collection takes on everything from show tunes and Martha Stewart to the perils of dating and the son of God himself, all some of the things that make life very queer indeed.
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Overview

Nobody is better at capturing the ups and downs of queer life than Michael Thomas Ford, author of the popular My Queer Life syndicated column. This original collection takes on everything from show tunes and Martha Stewart to the perils of dating and the son of God himself, all some of the things that make life very queer indeed.
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Michael Thomas Ford's syndicated column My Queer Life has been providing insight and countless laughs for millions of readers, and now his collection Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life compiles some of his greatest hits. Ford's style combines the deadpan sarcasm of David Sedaris with the witty observations of Dave Barry for a unique take on conveying the ups and downs of life. (Okay, okay...he's not quite like Dave Barry. Let's face it, Dave Barry is probably not going to write an essay on how to maneuver your way through online chat rooms named "str8collegemen4gays.") Take, for example, Ford's classic opening essay on his disappointment that life isn't like all the porn movies he's seen.

I decided I was going to have to take a much more active approach if I was going to be successful at porn stardom. I sat down and made a list of the most popular locations for finding sex, based on the porn films I'd seen. The list went like this (in order of frequency):

  • 1. Apartment complexes in Laguna Beach.
  • 2. Beaches on deserted islands.
  • 3. Gyms.
  • 4. Locker rooms in high schools after football practice.
  • 5. Video stores (X-rated sections).

This, as you might well imagine, was not entirely helpful. California was on the other coast. Deserted islands are hard to come by. And high school administrators are not frequently as open-minded as one might think. In the end the gym and video store were the only real possibilities. I decided to try the gym first, since the video store didn'topen until noon and I was ready for action immediately. Throwing on some shorts, I packed up my bag and left.

The gym at 9 o'clock in the morning bore little resemblance to the stud-filled athletic facilities of my porn-viewing experiences. Instead of rooms crammed with well-built men wearing tight shorts, no supportive gear, and lots of oil, I found myself surrounded by fifty-two middle-aged women in floral-print leotards and headbands gyrating to Paula Abdul while attempting to get in shape for their daughters' weddings. It was hardly the stuff of homo fantasy.

This passage is hilarious, but it's also a somewhat painful reminder that because of the underexposure of gay and lesbian life in the media, and the lack of icons and role models that results, most gay men coming to terms with their sexuality have only porn movies and bar activity on which to base their concepts of dating. With one amusing, and sad, anecdote, Ford is able to poke fun at the ludicrous repetitiveness of porn while offering a telling reflection on its unfortunate significance. This kind of humor, informed by sensitive and intelligent social commentary, is indicative of all of Ford's writing, and it shines in each of these fine essays. It's also refreshing to see Ford unafraid to embrace stereotypes on the one hand (like lusting after straight men such as Alec Baldwin) and willing to shatter them on the other (it's so pleasant to know that at least one other gay man, besides myself, doesn't see what the fuss is over Barbra Streisand). Ford is also clever enough to realize that he has plenty to say about aspects of his life that don't relate to his sexuality. It's a common misconception that sexual identity permeates every aspect of a gay man or lesbian's life, but some of Ford's cleverest essays are on such nonsexual (but equally ripe for satire) topics as adult education or racking up a huge credit card bill. Michael Thomas Ford is a man who knows how serious life can be. He's written more than 20 books, including the outstanding The Voice of AIDS, The World Out There: Becoming Apart of the Lesbian and Gay Community, and 100 Questions and Answers About AIDS. But he also knows that humor can sometimes be the best way to make a point. Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Other Trials of My Queer Life gives readers the lighter side of 29 aspects of life, every one of them sure to keep you laughing.—Matt Schwartz

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  • ISBN-13: 9781555834319
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Notes
Diary of a Wound-be Porn Star 3
Too Much of a Good Thing 12
Adult Education 17
Dyke the Halls 26
Taking the Credit 35
The Nonwriting Life 44
How Alec Baldwin Ruined My Life 53
The Sound of Music 61
Why I Hate Shopping 70
The Perils of Dating 77
Picture Imperfect 84
When I Grow Up 90
Trial by Fire 101
Singing a Different Tune 114
Home Improvement 119
A Model Queer 125
Separation Anxiety 133
Cyberslut 141
No Splashing in the Gene Pool! 151
Games People Play 159
A Sporting Chance 167
Just One of the Girls 176
I'm Not Saying It's Wrong 184
If Jesus Loves Me, Why Hasn't He Called? 195
Confessions of a Don't-Bee 205
Packing for the Second Coming 214
The Crown of Heaven 223
The Theory of Relativity 233
Saying Good-bye to Grandma 242
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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    A wonderfully put together book, funny and a great read!

    Michael Thomas Ford collects a series of columns published on his newspaper and later syndicated under the title of My Queer Life. Think of David Sedaris; although, personally, I find Mr. Ford funnier.

    What can you expect from a kid who packs his toys for the Second Coming, insults the woman whose life inspired The Sound of Music, and fears the host of Romper Room is out to get him?

    In this book, you will experience a wild ride through a life filled with one surprise after another--and each one funnier than the previous one. Ford takes on everything from the horrors of shopping, the search for a gay gene, Martha Stewart addiction, and the right to marry Alec Baldwin.

    A wonderfully put together book, funny and a great read!

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