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"These are modern, urban tales you will want to share with friends, reading passages over the phone and drawing comparisons with characters recognizable in just about everybody's life. A fresh voice...revealing new truths, reminding us of folks we know and making nearly everything just a little funnier"-Rain Taxi

"Acute, acerbic and endearingly grumpy...Unlike some humorists - think David Letterman and David Sedaris- Ford isn't afraid to forgo quick punch lines when he comments on more serious topics"-Publisher's Weekly

The multi award winning humorist is back with an in depth, on target, and of course, very, very funny guide to all things queer. Why are lesbians fascinated by acoustic guitars? Why are gay men compelled to buy Madonna CD's and face care products. Does Tiger Beat make boys gay? What happens if the Boyfriend Within is sleeping around? No one satirizes and celebrates gay life in twenty-first century America with the unerring accuracy and zeal of Michael Thomas Ford. With the same unerring eye for what makes queer life so delirously weird and worth living that has earned him legions of fans among critics and book buyers alike, Ford examines gay archetypes, attitudes, fashion and gossip; you knowÂ…the good stuff!

Michael Thomas Ford is a two time Lambda Literary Award winner for the best selling "My Queer Life" collections Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and That's Mr. Faggot to You . A longtime resident of Boston, Massachussetts, he recently located to Los Angeles to make it big in the movies.

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Two-time Lambda Literary Award winner Ford's fourth collection of essays offers the adorably cranky humorist the opportunity to rant on how Tiger Beat magazine made him gay, offer relationship tips for the neurotically inclined and muse on how eBay allows us to relive our childhood by buying back our past. He also offers amusing quizzes on becoming leathermen, porn stars, drag queens, sluts and gym rats. Whether he's bemoaning the lack of romance in gay cinema ("A stripper nicknamed `Beer Can' [in Trick] is no match for Cary Grant"), spoofing interviews with straight celebrities in gay magazines ("Do you know anyone who knows Cher?"), presenting a pseudo paper on therapy that can cure heterosexuality, or proposing a new TV show called Who Wants to Be a Homosexual? (straight contestants get rewards for every step toward queer life), Ford is a delightfully inventive wit. The surprise of this collection is not his reliably funny ruminations but the periodic somber, thought-provoking pieces in which Ford forgoes his usual levity and speaks from the heart. These pieces including one on the Church's shameful treatment of priests dying of AIDS and another that serves as an ode to the demise of two gay-lesbian bookstores won't come as a surprise to those who have read Ford's recent Paths of Faith: Conversations About Religion and Spirituality. Their inclusion enhances the collection and deepens Ford's voice and broadens his appeal. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Award-winning humorist Ford (It's Not Mean If It's True) has gained a large following among gay men. His knack for hitting on just the right aspect of humor in everyday events makes him akin to the better-known David Sedaris and Ellen Degeneres. The difference is that Ford often uses irony to make a serious social or political point. For example, his parody of an interview with a straight actor playing a gay role, supposedly appearing in the Advocate, makes fun of the Hollywood closet as well as the gay press's fixation on this issue. Other essays are more overt. This candid and witty assessment of gay archetypes belongs in libraries with a gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered clientele, especially those who have found an audience for Ford's earlier books. David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555836436
  • Publisher: Alyson Publications
  • Publication date: 10/3/2001
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Title xi
The F Word 1
Relationship Tips for the Neurotically Inclined 10
Selling Out 17
Straight No More 22
So You Want to Be a Porn Star 29
Heart Failure 33
Buyer's Remorse 37
Private Parts 42
Time 49
Unnatural Causes 54
So You Want to Be a Drag Queen 58
How I Got This Way, or, Did Tiger Beat Make Me Gay? 62
Community Spirit 77
20 Ways to Annoy Beautiful People 83
With Friends Like These 86
One on One 90
So You Want to Be a Slut 93
Name-calling 97
My World 103
The Gay Celebrity 109
California Beaming 114
So You Want to Be a Gym Rat 118
The Final Chapter 122
Gay Like Me: Being a Transcript of a Lost Advocate Magazine Interview 126
Food for Thought 134
Wishful Thinking 139
No Apologies 143
So You Want to Be a Leatherman 147
Invisible Ink 151
Dress Rehearsal 155
Against All Odds 163
Happily Ever After 167
On My Own 170
For Better or for Worse 174
So You Want to Be a Drama Queen 178
Thank-you Note 184
About the Author 189
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