August 15th, 2011

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys (2010) by Angela Rae Berg

“Farming ain’t easy but we make farming fabulous.”

Planet Green’s fresh and irreverent series, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, puts a spotlight on urbanite couple Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell who leave everything behind in New York City as they attempt to become organic “gentleman farmers” at the fabulous Beekman Farm.

Director: Angela Rae Berg

Release Date:16 June 2010 (USA)


Storyline: Brent (physician and ex-Martha Stuart exec) and Josh (author and former drag superstar) buy a farm in upstate NY and try to make their entrepreneurial venture a success without sacrificing their personal relationship. The farm is home to a menagerie that helps produce everything from egg white soap to cheese, but with Josh still living in the city to earn a paycheck and Brent living full time at the farm dealing with the day to day tasks, the couple have created a recipe for conflict. They try to make the most of their weekends together on the farm now that their getaway has become their latest project, but there’s always more work: be it a harvest weekend, book signing or launching a new flavor of cheese. There s a lot on the line but the “boys” are driven to fulfill their dreams and we get to peek at their insane life behind-the-scenes with this wonderfully wacky reality show.

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Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Brent Ridge
John Hall

Josh and Brent

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One Real Thing by Anah Crow & Dianne Fox

At first I had some difficulties to understand why two men that were so obviously made for each other, like Nick and Holly, were not together. Nick and Holly were best friends at college and maybe even something more, but Nick has always played the role of the caretaker and Holly that of the modern rake, a young man with too much money and too much trouble in his hands than what he could manage. And then college ended and real life kicked in, and Nick moved to New York City while Holly set in Los Angeles, a whole country between them. Why such a choice?

The first impression you have of these men is that Nick is the savvier one, who has always the right answer, who is always making the right choices; instead Holly is the bad kid, a mother who has always suffered of depression and an estranged father, he didn’t have the right basis to grow up as good as Nick. Of course Nick is the good one, of course his choices are the right ones… or not? Little by little I started to understand that, true, Holly is bad for himself, trying to kill the pain with alcohol and drugs, but at least he is true to himself, while instead Nick is in full denial. Nick abandoned Holly to follow what society was expecting him to do, marrying the perfect china doll woman, so similar to him to resemble more his twin sister than his soul mate, having a steel and glass apartment in upscale New York City and doing a job he doesn’t like but bring home money, more money to add to what they already have.

When Nick comes to rescue Holly he is saying to himself that he is doing a favour to Holly, that Holly is not able to take care of things like Nick is, but I think he is actually doing for the first time what he really wants, escaping from the prison that he himself built around.

Nick and Holly play a little role game, Nick being the dominant lover and Holly the willing submissive, but that is exactly that, a game; Holly proved that if he wants, if he has reason to fight for, he is able to take care of himself even without Nick, while instead, I had the feeling that Nick, without the “task” of take care of Holly has no purpose to be.

I really like both Nick and Holly since they were not perfect characters, but I have to say that they gave me the idea of trust fund boys with a privileged life they were able to mess up in a perfect screwed way.

Amazon Kindle: One Real Thing
Publisher: Carina Press (January 3, 2011)

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The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez

I’m always a little worried when I read a Young Adult / Coming of Age novel, since I really care for these young men and I don’t want anything bad to happen to them. That is maybe the reason why, most time than not, I check the last pages to be sure the above young men are all fine at the end of the novel. In The Mariposa Club it’s even more a chance since there are four of them: Lib, Trini, Isaac and Maui, the narrative voice. They are all 17 years old at their last year in high school and surprise, surprise, they are out at school and to their families, with different outcome but still out.

Lib apparently has no trouble at all, he has a loving family, good grades at school and probably a brilliant future in politics; Trini, more transgender than gay actually, is the one with the worst family background, basically his parents kicked him out and he is living with an old aunt; Isaac comes from a middle class family, his father has not really accepted him being gay, but he is coping, more or less; and finally Mauricio “Maui”, without mother but with, probably, the best of all above parent, a father that, even if he doesn’t understand his son, is always ready to support him, despite all.

Sure these foursome has not it easy at school, but all in all their story is the story of ordinary teenagers, with family trouble, school trouble, boyfriends trouble… their biggest problem is to find a way to be remember in the school yearbook and so they decide to establish the first LGBT club in their high school, The Mariposa Club. In their naiveté, since they need at least five members, they enlist Maddy, the “obvious” lesbian girl, that is not lesbian at all, but that will gladly help just for the fun to go against the system.

On a more personal level, Maui has a little crush on Isaac and some family issues to overcome: his older sister is going away to college and she asks to Maui to stay at home taking care of their father, when Maui’s biggest dream is to run away to college as soon as he graduates. Again, the feeling is of very typical teenager trouble, trouble that seem huge at that age, but that actually are nothing in an older perspective. It was refreshing, for once, to read of gay guys that can live their teen year more or less undisturbed, dreaming of boyfriends and of the wonderful future attending them; sure some of them feel trapped, some of them will try to shorten the way, but in the end, all of them will find their way towards those dreams.

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Amazon: The Mariposa Club
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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Tincture (October 18, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590213505
ISBN-13: 978-1590213506

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