December 16th, 2013

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Charles Willard Moore (October 31, 1925 – December 16, 1993)

Charles Willard Moore (October 31, 1925 – December 16, 1993) was an American architect, educator, writer, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and winner of the AIA Gold Medal in 1991.

Moore graduated from the University of Michigan in 1947 and earned both a Master's and a Ph.D at Princeton University in 1957, where he remained for an additional year as a post-doctoral fellow. During this fellowship, Moore served as a teaching assistant for Louis Kahn, the Philadelphia architect who taught a design studio. It was also at Princeton that Moore developed relationships with Hey fellow students Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull, Jr., Richard Peters, and Hugh Hardy, who would remain lifelong friends and collaborators. During the Princeton years, Moore designed and built a house for his mother in Pebble Beach, California, and worked during the summers for architect Wallave Holm of neighboring Monterey. Moore's Master's Thesis explored ways to preserve and integrate Monterey's historic adobe dwellings into the fabric of the city. His Doctoral dissertation, "Water and Architecture", was a survey of the presence of water in shaping the experience of place; many decades later, the dissertation became the basis of a book with the same title.

In 1959, Moore left New Jersey and began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. Moore went on to become Dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1965 through 1970, directly after the tenure of Paul Rudolph. In 1975, he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles where he continued teaching (one of his students included Lem Chin). Finally, in 1985, he became the O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.


The exuberant, postmodern archetype Piazza d'Italia (1978), an urban public plaza in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Willard_Moore

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Douglas Lambert (July 7, 1936 - December 16, 1986)

Douglas Lambert appeared in The Hunger, 1983, as the TV Host; Saturn 3, 1980, as Captain James; and Moonraker, 1979, as the Mission Control Director.

Douglas Lambert (Jul. 7, 1936, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York - Dec. 16, 1986, London, Greater London) took to the microphone at midnight on 6th December 1979, the opening night of London's gay nightclub Heaven, to intone: "In the beginning there was darkness, and God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God created Man and Man created Heaven".

Douglas Lambert died from AIDS in London on December 16th, 1986.

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Pier Vittorio Tondelli (September 14, 1955 - December 16, 1991)

Pier Vittorio Tondelli (September 14, 1955 - December 16, 1991) was an Italian writer who wrote a small but influential body of work. He was born in Correggio, a small town in the province of Emilia-Romagna in Italy and died in nearby Reggio Emilia of AIDS. Tondelli enjoyed modest success as a writer but often encountered trouble with censors for his use of homosexual themes in his works. Tondelli was buried in a small cemetery in the hamlet of Canolo, just outside of Correggio.

Tondelli developed an early interest in reading as an adolescent, reading what one might normally expect from a young adult male -- Treasure Island, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and various Westerns. As Tondelli grew older, his reading tastes would develop and in 1974 he began to write his first narratives, saying: "I have always written, starting at 16 years of age with the usual story about adolescent frustrations". These adolescent frustrations are conflicts between Tondelli's religiosity, his desire to express his artistry, and his homosexual desires as well as a change in Tondelli's belief system, in which he writes: "I find it vulgar to pray to God side by side with people for whom God is different from my God." Tondelli developed a jealousy towards God, who he describes as unique to himself, developing a mysticism all of his own but admitted to losing something as his belief system matured.

Tondelli took his high school exams in 1974 and then enrolled at the University of Bologna's DAMS (Discipline Arte Musica e Spettacolo) where he took courses with Umberto Eco and Gianni Celati, two of Italy's most celebrated writers and academics. In 1979, he sent a manuscript to Aldo Tagliaferri. Tondelli credits Tagliaferri with teaching and guiding him in his writing, reinforcing upon the young author the necessity of re-writing one's work. A year later in January 1980, Altri Libertini was published, and, the following month, Tondelli graduated from the University of Bologna.

In April 1980, Tondelli was called up for military service, a requirement for Italian men at the time, stationed at Orvieto and then in Rome. Tondelli's military service provided him with the necessary experience to write two works: Il diario del soldato Acci and Pao Pao.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pier_Vittorio_Tondelli

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Robert Tanella (1950 - December 16, 1992)

Robert Tanella was a costumer for film, stage, and TV, including 10 seasons of Cheers. He died on December 16, 1992, at 42 years old, at his home in Los Angeles of complications from AIDS.

Later he was on the "Cheers" crew and had been with the show for 10 seasons.

His numerous TV credits as a costumer, costume supervisor or costume master included "The Tortellis," "Brothers," "The Two of Us," "The Associates," "CPO Sharkey," "Fun Factory," "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Maggie" and pilots for "Leonard," "You and Me," "Rag Business," "Gung Ho!" and "Highcliffe Manor."

Tanella also worked on TV specials for Bette Midler, Mac Davis, Bing Crosby and Diana Ross, among others.

Feature credits were Warner Bros.' "Personal Best" and "First Family."

Among his Broadway credits were "Mack & Mabel," "The Ritz," "Lorelei," "Jesus Christ, Superstar," and "Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell."

Tanella was a 1972 graduate of Fordham University.

His companion of eight years was Mark Gerstner.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR102437?refCatId=25

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Maria McCann (born 1956)

Maria McCann is an English novelist. She was born in Liverpool in 1956 and worked as a lecturer in English at Strode College, Street, Somerset since 1985, until starting work with Arden.

Her first novel, As Meat Loves Salt, was released in 2001. The story focuses on the relationship of two men, Jacob Cullen and Christopher Ferris, and is set during the English Civil War. They desert their posts in Cromwell’s New Model Army to establish a farming commune in the countryside. The novel was well received by readers and critics and has recently been championed by Orange Prize winner Lionel Shriver, but failed to attract what one could call widespread attention.

McCann also contributed a short story titled Minimal to the anthology New Writing 12 published by the British Council in 2005.

Her second novel, The Wilding, was published in February 2010. Set in England in the 1670s, it is the story of a young cider-presser, Jonathan Dymond, his dark family secrets, and the young beggar woman he tries to help.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_McCann
If ever a book made you question yourself, As Meat Loves Salt is the one. The main character is a sociopath in 17th century England, and yet when he falls in love you can´t help but root for him. A historical epic in the grandest sense of the word, and a wonderful gay love story - up until the jaw-dropping ending. You´ll close the book with eyes and mouth wide. --Eric Arvin
Further Readings:

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann
Paperback: 565 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books; 1 edition (January 7, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 015601226X
ISBN-13: 978-0156012263
Amazon: As Meat Loves Salt
Amazon Kindle: As Meat Loves Salt

Transplant Othello to the tumult of a country in social and political flux and en route to regicide -- England in the 1640s -- and render him uncertain about his sexuality, and you have the makings of Jacob Cullen, one of the most commanding characters in contemporary writing. As the book opens, Jacob is an educated, vigorous and dauntingly strong manservant in a Royalist household, who has begun to imbibe god-fearing revolutionary pamphlets. He is on the brink of marriage to his virginal sweetheart, but is unsure of his emotional needs, and in possession of a boiling point he reaches all too often. He is also, we learn, fearful of being identified as the murderer of a local boy, and a potential nemesis arrives on the very day of his wedding feast, prompting the first of a series of impetuous, temper-fuelled bad decisions: Jacob flees, dragging his new wife and one of his brothers with him. Thereafter he proceeds to wreak havoc on the lives of others but mostly on his own fortunes - as a servant, a husband, a brother, a soldier, and, critically, as friend, co-conspirator and lover of another man disaffected by the lurch from freedom to tyranny now apparent in Cromwell's New Model Army. To step outside the law, outside the state, outside the established and natural order of things seems to supply the only prospect of happiness... All this makes for a truly heady historical narrative: gripping, unusual, packed with heady ingredients - truly, we are in a world turned upside down by political fervour, inflammatory pamphleteering, social flux, grisly combat, apocalyptically evangelical Christianity, sexual confusion, and murder most foul...The earthy, tangy quality of McCann's Republican-style prose, infused with a fresh twentieth-century sensibility, makes the whole entirely accessible and irresistible. Is this then perhaps the first great novel of the English Revolution?

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Best LGBT Biographies & Memoirs: The British Devil by Greg Hogben

The strange thing is that, considering The British Devil was submitted to the Rainbow Awards in the category Biographies & Memoirs, I know that the Greg Stephens of the story is the Greg Hogben of the title but nevertheless this is one of the best piece of fiction I have read, a wonderful and romantic story I would recommend to everyone, and with that I really mean from the teenager to the young man or woman, to the older. This story was sexy without being erotic, was romantic without being unrealistic, was emotional involving without being dramatic. There are many points in which you understood it was real cause it didn’t push on the effect just to make it more appealing to the reader, obtaining exactly that, to make the reader aware they were partaken of something that really happened.

Greg and Danny are in love, but Greg is from UK and Danny from US. They are luckier than other people in their same situation, they have the means to be able to see each other frequently while testing the waters of their relationship, and then trying to leave a part-time relationship until the day law will allow them to stay together forever. So money is not one of the issues they have to consider, but nevertheless their situation is not easy. Danny’s mother is actually the worst enemy of their relationship, way more than immigration. From a very conservative church, Vivien considers Greg the devil in flesh, the one who will bring down her pious son (doesn’t matter that Danny was gay and out way before meeting Greg). Here maybe is the only point where I wish Greg emphasized the story for the readers, cause knowing that people like Vivien are out there it scares me a little; unfortunately, I know they are, and that, most scaring of everything, they really believe they are on the right side and only doing good.

The British Devil was released before DOMA struck down, so I suppose now things will change for Greg and Danny, and for all the other inter-national same-sex couples, but if you were worried like me that a memoirs couldn’t be romantic, do not worry, as I said, The British Devil is one of the best romance I have read.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 30, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613726198
ISBN-13: 978-1613726198
Amazon: The British Devil
Amazon Kindle: The British Devil



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