The Unofficial Gay Manualby Kevin Dilallo, Robert Hickey
The Official Preppy Handbook for the gay male animal, this fresh, funny, hip and thoroughly engaging book tells what it means (and takes) to be a gay man in America today. With essays, tests, lists, and charts, the Manual includes items like "10 Things Not to Say When Telling Your Mother" and a going out guide to major cities. Photos and drawings.
- Crown Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 1st ed
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
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This is exactly what the gay community does NOT need in its hour of truth: an unfunny and embarassingly pedestrian 'guide' to gay men and all their little stereotypical quirks you've heard everywhere else (gay men can decorate, they can take care of their hair, they can buy clothing, etc etc). It may induce a chuckle from someone for whom the constant media attention given to this gay clone is actually interesting (a la Jack from 'Will and Grace' and 'Queer Eye' ad infinitum), but if one looks at this book as another in a line of cheesy portrayals of gay yuppies then it isn't even timely. As it may target straight people with an interest in what gay culture is really all about, it hideously puts forth a mass of clean little categories (twink, bear, and so forth) that make gay men look like the most downright self-absorbed and curturally ignorant animals that have ever existed. As it targets gay people as some sort of self-reflective humor, it only adds to a profound sense of rule-by-loud-minority that has always existed in gay culture and will continue to do so. The 'Jacks' and 'queer-eyes' evidently need books like this to laugh about themselves and each other, while the majority of gay men sit back and laugh at them, except to understand that somewhere a gay male teenager is coming into his own, feels not the least bit comfortable with this creepy stereotype portrayed as 'standard' by these authors, is afraid of the public retribution he may get from his parents and friends for being such a mannequinized clone, and thus is shoved even further into the closet for good, maybe even permanently. Bravo, Mr. DiLallo & Mr. Krumholtz! You've shown your true, ahem, colors.
Im too big to fit in that tiny mold.
The Publisher's synopsis is right on target. This book is a must for the bookshelf of any gay man! From where to shop, to what books & CDs to own, to where to travel and meet men, this book covers it all in a witty way that resonates with the experience of any gay man. The prototypes of gay men are given, as are diagrams of rooms in the gay home. And underneath the outrageously amusing descriptions are plenty of profound gems. Its true-to-life lists range from 'How to Tell a Bottom from a Top' to 'Reasons to Feel Lucky to Have a Gay Son'. Whether coming out or having been out, this book condenses all the essentials of being a gay man. It's the gay reference guide that will keep you laughing for a long time.