Exile in Guyville: How a Punk Rock Redneck Faggot Texan Moved to West Hollywood and Refused to Be Shiny and Happy

Exile in Guyville: How a Punk Rock Redneck Faggot Texan Moved to West Hollywood and Refused to Be Shiny and Happy

by Dave White

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Overview

Here’s the diary of a man who in mid-life found himself uprooted and dumped into West Hollywood, an unfamiliar place not exactly known for stability. White explores his neighborhood ? “queens: 6 percent; cranky 70-year-old Russians who give you the evil eye when you walk past: 2 percent; blonde girls with big, round, hard fakeys who think Jennifer Anniston just got lucky: 10 percent; miscellaneous cool kids, hustlers, and actual crazy people: 5 percent.”

White gets gigs as a freelance writer, goes to the grocery store where his Russian neighbors ask him questions because they think he’s from the old country; and encounters Sara Gilbert at the Laundromat, Leonard Maltin at the movies, and Ben Affleck driving a Rolls-Royce so ridiculously conspicuous he might as well be driving Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang.

What began as weekly diaries emailed to out-of-state family and friends evolved into a blog called “Dave White Knows” and in 2003 became a monthly column in Instinct called “Exile in Guyville.” Alyson Books now presents White’s blogs in expanded form with loads of new material that will be even more irritating to the Instinct readers who didn’t like his column. “They requested more fashion and skin-care features in its place, which makes me kind of proud.”

Dave White is a freelance journalist specializing in music. His reviews and features have been seen in E! Online, IFILM, LA Weekly, Dallas Observer, Instinct, The Advocate, Glue, Cybersocket, Total Movie, Unzipped, and Frontiers. White lives in West Hollywood with his boyfriend, the Morocco Mole, and is locally esteemed as the “King of Pancakes.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555839321
Publisher: Alyson Books
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dave White is a freelance journalist specializing in music. His reviews and features have been seen in E! Online, IFILM, LA Weekly, Instinct, The Advocate, Glue, Cybersocket, Unzipped, and Frontiers. Born in New Hampshire, he was raised in Roswell, N.M.,

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Exile in Guyville: How a Punk Rock Redneck Faggot Texan Moved to West Hollywood and Refused to Be Shiny and Happy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Seajack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gay curmudgeon's take on life in L. A. Although he and his partner, Morocco Mole, ended up in the middle of the West Hollywood ghetto (from Texas), this isn't entirely a gay book, but about dwelling on the bad there, while slowly recognizing the good (albeit grudgingly). White is naturally funny, and a wicked good writer to boot!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Guyville is a memoir of a year in the life. This particular year is the year White and his hubby, Moroccomole, move from Dallas to West Hollywood. It is an epistolary novel for the new era, having its genesis in the occasional emails he sent to family and friends which got forwarded on to their family and friends until White had a wide network of people he¿d never met reading his rantings on the evils of implant sluts, movie publicists and Leonard Maltin. As a story, it lacks immediacy. Since the original intent was to tell people who already knew the two main characters well what they were up to, there¿s a certain sketchiness to the characterizations. On the other hand, this gives it a brisk, conversational tone that brings you deeper into the point of view of the author. There isn't really a story here, but White's pretty up front about that from the get go. In fact, White comes across a bit like the Christina Ricci character in The Opposite of Sex regarding his introduction and the ending, but you¿ll have to read the book yourself to decide if I¿m right. Go ahead and buy Guyville and 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men toghether. Reading them back to back is interesting because is the author of the later is a character in the former. It gives you a certain insight into both Moroccomole in Guyville as a character and the relationship between the narrator and Moroccomole, not to mention into the married life of these two authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are two things in life that make it a little more livable - a good book and a good laugh. Dave White¿s `Exile in Guyville¿ is a good book, filled with good laughs. From the start his quick, ascerbic wit and boyish charm are apparent. Add to that, the fact that his observations are dead on, and the manner in which he tells a story is so endearing that it tends to be difficult to set this book down. Buy this book now. Read. Giggle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave White moved from Texas to West Hollywood. The previous tenants wouldn't vacate his new apartment. People tried to run him over in the street. Celebrities were popping out of the woodwork. He made new friends and even new enemies. Nothing was the way he expected it to be, so he decided to complain about it...and this is his story, an eye-opening and hilarious memoir of the life of a stranger in a very strange land. I actually laughed out loud a few times while I read it, and I'm a person who thinks that laughing out loud is weird, so you can imagine how much I enjoyed the experience. It's a fast-moving book, by turns energetic, snarky and self-deprecating. Read it and love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read....funny and unapologetic, but very real. Having read many of Dave's blog entries and movie reviews it was a treat to see an expanded view of his work. An amazing writer to watch out for!