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Brandon Judell (born January 22)

Brandon Judell (born January 22) is currently teaching "Queer Theater" and "Intro to Mass Communications" at The City College of New York and is Coordinator of The Simon H. Rifkind Center. His area of specialty is cinema. He has been a journalist for over 30 years and has been published in The Forward, The Village Voice, The New York Daily News, indieWire.com, and has written about AIDS in Israel for the Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. Heteaches courses on the history of Jewish cinema. He has been awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award" at CCNY, has instructed at the School of Visual Arts plus the Center for Workers Education, and has been a judge at the Berlin Film Festival.

He is the author of The Gay Quote Book; drawing on sources from Sappho to Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde to Edmund White, The Gay Quote Book is both an indispensable reference and a source of constant entertainment. Organized by theme, the hundreds of quotations included here are drawn from the works of gay and lesbian authors, and activists, statesmen, and celebrities, from ancient times to the present. In this witty volume you will find more than 750 quotations on such topics as coming out, love and sex, finding community, activism, AIDS, and the meaning of life from such gay icons as Gore Vidal, Isaac Mizrahi, k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Quentin Crisp, Truman Capote, Lily Tomlin, and Dorothy Allison.

A selection: "Housework is like bad sex. Every time I do it, I swear I'll never do it again until company comes by." --from Don't Stop the Music "You're born naked and the rest is drag." --RuPaul "Men marry because they are tired, woman marry because they are curious, and both are disappointed." --Oscar Wilde "To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about." --John Waters. Perfect for browsing, gift-giving, or locating that perfect toast or public quip, this enlightening collection is sure to amuse, startle, challenge, and inspire. The Gay Quote Book reached #1 on A Different Light's bestseller list.

Brandon Judell, 1987, by Robert Giard (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/brbldl_getrec.asp?fld=img&id=1121492)
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/giard.html)

Further Readings:

The Gay Quote Book: More Than 750 Absolutely Fabulous Things Gays Lesbians Have Said about Each Other by Brandon Judell
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (June 1, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525941851
ISBN-13: 978-0525941859
Amazon: The Gay Quote Book: More Than 750 Absolutely Fabulous Things Gays Lesbians Have Said about Each Other

Drawn from the works of gay and lesbian authors, activists, statesmen, and celebrities from ancient times to the present day, hundreds of quotations treat such topics as coming out, love and sex, belonging, activism, and AIDS. 20,000 first printing."

More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

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