May 31st, 2012

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On Call: Afternoon by P.D. Singer

This is only a short story but it’s very nice and romantic, and how could be anything else, when we are speaking of hot doctors and their furry friends, little matchmaker kitties?

At first Dr. Dante James, vet, goes to Dr. Keith Hoyer, m.d., with a health problem, but the problem is minimal and soon forgotten, and instead Dr. Keith is more interesting in knowing more of the handsome African American vet than his health status. Only that the chance doesn’t come, and so Keith manages to have it; when he accidentally steps onto his cat, Harpo, first thing in his mind is to call Dante. Now, I can concede to Keith that he said he is new at the practice, so maybe also new in town? So maybe he has not yet found a vet for his beloved kitty? Or maybe Keith sees as a good chance to grasp when he suddenly needs the help of a vet right when he was thinking how to call again Dante?

As you can imagine, this is a short story, 15 pages, so I can’t really say much, other than the feeling of the story was light, the love story promising, and the help both men received by their respective pet friends real cute. As often when there are pets in a short story, they tend to steal a bit the scene to their owners, as it’s in this case for Harpo, he has almost the better scenes.

On Call: Afternoon is exactly what the title suggest, a love affair in a lazy Saturday afternoon, but maybe this is only the start of a true love story.

Amazon Kindle: On Call: Afternoon
Rocky Ridge Press; 2 edition (May 31, 2012)

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Eminent Outlaws: Sir Angus Wilson (August 11, 1913 – May 31, 1991)

Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, KBE (11 August 1913 – 31 May 1991) was an English novelist and short story writer. He was awarded the 1958 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot and later received a knighthood for his services to literature.

Wilson was born in Bexhill, Sussex, England, to an English father and South African mother. He was educated at Westminster School and Merton College, Oxford, and in 1937 became a librarian in the British Museum's Department of Printed Books, working on the new General Catalogue. During World War II, he worked in the Naval section Hut 8 at the code-breaking establishment, Bletchley Park, translating Italian Naval codes. A wearer of large, brightly-coloured bow-ties, he was one of the "famous homosexuals" at Bletchley.

The work situation was stressful and led to a nervous breakdown, for which he was treated by Rolf-Werner Kosterlitz. He returned to the Museum after the end of the War, and it was there that he met Tony Garrett (born 1929), who was to be his companion for the rest of his life.

Wilson's first publication was a collection of short stories, The Wrong Set (1949), followed quickly by the daring novel Hemlock and After, which was a great success, prompting invitations to lecture in Europe.

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Particular Voices: Bo Huston (June 10, 1959 - May 1993)

Bo Huston adopted cinema as his model for aesthetic structures and the act of writing as the force of expression within those structures.

Huston took the first gay course taught in college in the United States, a course on gay film taught by Tom Joslin. Vito Russo, who at that time was writing The Celluloid Closet, did several guest lectures in that class based on his notes for the book. In this class Huston realized that being gay was a politically and culturally valid identity and something more than the desire for other male bodies.

In 1980, Huston moved to New Haven, Connecticut, which geographically expressed his psychic ambivalence in that it was halfway between Boston and New York, halfway between an academic community and the drug community, the latter of which was gaining increasing importance in his life. His cocaine habit eventually gave way to a heroin habit: he moved to New York and entered New York University in a master's program in film studies, but his drug addiction and his sexual adventures eventually led him to withdraw from the program. He then took courses briefly at the New School, but this also became impossible to continue.

Huston worked as a typesetter and became very involved in the New York club scenes. He would wake at 2 p.m., go to work, and afterward party at the clubs until 8.30 the next morning. He would frequent first the straight or mixed dance clubs - particularly the Mud Club, Cee Bee Jee Bee's, the Rock Lounge, and Studio 54 - and then move on to the more notorious gay bars: the Anvil, Mineshaft, and the Hellfire Club. In 1981 Huston met the poet Tim Dlugos in the backroom of the International Stud. They became lovers at first, but remained close friends until Dlugos's death in 1990. Dlugos introduced Huston to Dennis Cooper and the other Little Caesar poets. When Cooper returned to New York from Amsterdam, he read Huston's stories and gave him his first real encouragement for his writing.

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Source: Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by Emmanuel S. Nelson
The Listener, nostalgic novel, proves that characters don’t have to be interacting much with other characters to seem alive and real. This book is about being alone and combing through memories, and it’s not very well known. --Blair Mastbaum
'Bo Huston's The Dream Life is an exhilarating and frightening tale of love and emotional discontent that manages to seduce us with its beautiful prose and elegant construction. The Dream Life is Huston's best of the most startling and powerful novels to appear in years.'--Michael Bronski
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Spotted: California Dreamers by Mark Abramson, Books Inc., San Francisco

California Dreamers by Mark Abramson & Others
Books Inc.
San Francisco

California Dreamers by Mark Abramson
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590211448
ISBN-13: 978-1590211441
Amazon: California Dreamers
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Calfornia Dreamers is the sixth book in Mark Abramson's Beach Reading series. All the books feature mystery and romance with a taste of adventure, a touch of magic and lots of San Francisciana.

Tim Snow is recruited along with other HIV patients for an experiment with Neutriva, an AIDS drug with the peculiar side effects of enhancing dreams and expanding latent psychic abilities. The team enters a trance-like state ostensibly in order to predict and prevent suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. But is something sinister going on with these trials? Warnings come from all directions, including from an elderly fortune teller named Malvina who has been plying her trade from a storefront in the Mission District for decades. And who is the mysterious young man who saves the life of Tim's employer? In California Dreamers, the entire cast of characters whom readers have come to adore from the Beach Reading series finds themselves involved with strange and criminal affairs.

Books Inc. is an independently owned and operated bookseller with 12 locations in California. They can trace their history back to 1851 making them The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller.
2275 Market Street
Daily: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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Play It Again, Charlie by R. Cooper

At more than 300 pages well filled of little characters, Play It Again, Charlie, was not at all an “easy” novel but it deserves the comment not only for the length. From the blurb someone can imagine this is a twink/daddy story, a little kinky, but nothing serious, and instead there are more layers in it than what it appears at first.

Former police Sergeant Charlie, now apartments complex tenant and part time college professor is not so keen on loving again; after an almost in the closet relationship with a former colleague, who conveniently left him alone when Charlie was seriously injured in a car accident, Charlie has the feeling no one would consider him for a serious relationship since he is not “perfect” and Charlie has no time or mood for anything other than serious. From a conservative family, who for love of him, accepted his homosexuality, but still expect him to be the man of the family, Charlie is not used to be the one in need of help, and so, when twink Will starts to make clear he is interested in Charlie, Charlie is searching for an hidden reason.

But Will is really interested only in Charlie, and well, maybe in Charlie’s body, and soul, and everything. Will was disowned by his own family when he came out as teenager, and the only real help he had was from a gruff policeman; maybe lacking a fatherly figure, maybe used to be the bottom in a relationship, Will plays the twink wanting a Sugar Daddy with Charlie, not knowing that this will be probably exactly the reason why Charlie will never consider to have a serious relationship with him, Charlie doesn’t need another egg in his nest.

But Charlie is also seriously alone, and Will is persistent, and too cute to resist. Will manages to crumbles down Charlie’s protective walls, and to insinuate in his life and in that of Charlie’s cat, who is as grumpy as his owner. I appreciated that the author didn’t rush things between Charlie and Will, giving to both of them the time to ponder their actions; entering in a relationship is not easy for both of them: I think Charlie fears to let other people knowing he needs sometime to not being the one in charge, and Will has probably a fear of abandoning, and so usually he is the one to do the abandon.

There is really no obstacle to their happiness if not their own stubbornness, around them, relatives, friends and everyone else is cheering for them to be happy and together ever after.

Amazon: Play It Again, Charlie
Amazon Kindle: Play It Again, Charlie
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613724527
ISBN-13: 978-1613724521

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Cover Art by Shobana Appavu