He traveled the globe as a model working for such clients as Calvin Klein, Versace and L'uomo Vogue. Hommeboys, based on true journal entries, shines an unflinching light on the world of fashion through the eyes of a male model. As Karl Lagerfeld said, "fashion is ephemeral, dangerous, and unfair," and this novel tells it like it is.
Mastbaum acted in and produced the 2005 Sundance Film Festival official competition film, Ellie Parker, directed by his partner Scott Coffey.
Mastbaum's first novel, 2004's Clay's Way, won a Lambda Literary Award.
Mastbaum's second novel, Us Ones In Between, published by Running Press and released in May 2008, centers on depressed art school graduate Kurt Smith, who fantasizes about pushing boys in front of subway trains. The title is taken from the song "Us Ones In Between," written by Spencer Krug and performed by the band Sunset Rubdown. The novel was a finalist for the 2008 Ferro-Grumley Award.
Mastbaum also edited the anthology Cool Thing: The Best New Gay Fiction by Young American Writers, released by Running Press on November 10, 2008.
After living in L.A. for many years, Mastbaum and Coffey have moved to Brooklyn. The couple live with their rescue mutt and several Koi.
Blair Mastbaum (born January 24, 1979) is an American writer and a former model who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Mastbaum acted in and produced the 2005 Sundance Film Festival official competition film, Ellie Parker, directed by his partner Scott Coffey (born May 1, 1967). Mastbaum's first novel, 2004's Clay's Way, won a Lambda Literary Award: Set against the dazzling backdrop of Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay’s Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism.
Scott Coffey (born May 1, 1967) is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter. His acting credits include films such as Shag, Some Kind of Wonderful, Dream Lover, and Mulholland Drive. As a director he made Ellie Parker in 2005 and the upcoming Jupiter.
Coffey was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he began his acting career appearing in school plays, community theatre and with the Hawaii Performing Arts Company. He also appeared in several episodic television shows. He is now an acclaimed writer director. Coffey lives in Portland, Oregon with his boyfriend, the novelist Blair Mastbaum.
At sixteen, with the money he had earned acting, he travelled to Europe. Inspired by Bertolucci's La Luna, he felt compelled to visit Rome along with Paris and Budapest. He stayed three years, attending high school in Rome and acting in seven films, including Once Upon a Time in America, and the CBS miniseries Christopher Columbus. While on location for Christopher Columbus, Coffey was contacted by the William Morris Agency and moved to New York, where he signed with the agency and studied acting while co-starring in the off-Broadway play It's All Talk. After a year he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career and has been working ever since, appearing in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and SpaceCamp His television work includes a special The New Twilight Zone entitled "Private Channel", as well as a memorable Amazing Stories episode directed by Robert Zemeckis and featuring Christopher Lloyd and Coffey's Some Kind of Wonderful costar, Mary Stuart Masterson.
Coffey's feature film, Ellie Parker (2005), which finished production in July 2005, was an Official Selection of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and won the New American Cinema Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. It was released in the fall of that year by Strand Releasing to rave reviews. He wrote another film based on the short story, All God's Children Can Dance by Haruki Murakami. Coffey is writing the film adaptation of Lolly Winston's novel Happiness Sold Separately for Fox Searchlight Pictures, which he will direct, with Julia Roberts starring. He's recently directed videos for Handsome Furs and Dath Vessel both on Sub Pop. Coffey is in pre-production on the film Jupiter, which he will direct. Jupiter was co- written with Blair Mastbaum.
Clay's Way: A Novel by Blair Mastbaum
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (July 1, 2004)
Amazon: Clay's Way: A Novel
Set against the dazzling backdrop of Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay’s Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism. For 15-year-old Sam, a wanna-be punk rocker who writes bad haiku poetry, his middle-class suburban life feels like a prison. Mistaking lust for fate, Sam becomes obsessed with Clay, a 17-year-old surfer, outwardly cool but equally adrift. The violence and tumult of Clay’s search for identity propels him, with desperately confused Sam in his wake, through the hardest decisions and obstacles of their young lives.
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