December 25th, 2013

andrew potter

Matthew Rettenmund (born December 25, 1968)

Matthew Rettenmund (born December 25, 1968) is the author of the novels Boy Culture and Blind Items: A (Love) Story, as well as the non-fiction books Encyclopedia Madonnica, Totally Awesome '80s, and Hilary Duff: All Access. He was the founding Editor in Chief of Popstar! Magazine from October 1998 until May 2012. He currently works at Telepictures in New York.

Rettenmund grew up in Flushing, Michigan and after he graduated from the University of Chicago, he moved to New York City, where he still lives.

His novel Boy Culture was adapted into an award-winning movie in 2006.

He has blogged at since November 2005.


Further Readings:

Boy Culture by Matthew Rettenmund
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (January 23, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031237271X
Amazon: The Current Between Us

X a wily hustler, has a dilemma. The object of his affections is his roommate Andrew, who is confused about his sexuality. Meanwhile, X's other roommate--a seventeen-year-old precocious partyboy--is falling for X in a big way. The result is an old-fashioned (well, sort of) love triangle peppered with savage one-liners-a touching portrait of love and lust among three very different gay men.

Matthew Rettenmund is the author of Encyclopedia Madonnica, Totally Awesome 80s, and, with Jaye Zimet, Queer Baby Names. He lives in New York City.

In the bold literary tradition of The Story of O comes this tale of X, a wise-cracking, postmodern callboy who cheerfully relates all the juicy details of his commissioned sexual encounters in a series of twenty-three chapter-length confessions.

By turns shocking, touching, and off-the-charts funny, Boy Culture is a decidedly urban, witty, and salacious novel that wonderfully encapsulates both edgy hustling and old-fashioned romance. Countless complications arrrive in the form of a classic love triangle when X finds that he's falling for one of his roomates (while his other roomate, of course, is suddenly smitten by X).

"Rettenmund, with his sharp eye and knowing prose, sounds like one of the freshest voices on the block . . . We need an observer like Matthew Rettenmund."—The New York Times Book Review

"A smart, delightfully lubricious confessional."—The Village Voice

"A startling debut. Erotic, insightful, and deliciously funny."—Lars Eighner, author of Travels with Lizbeth

"Rettenmund is a clever and witty new writer."—Greg Johnson, author of Pagan Babies

More Spotlights at my website:, My Lists/Gay Novels

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
andrew potter

Best Bisexual/Transgender Sci-Fi / Fantasy: The Bacchi by Belinda McBride

If you want to break some taboos, The Bacchi is probably your choice. First of all, this is not a gay or bisexual or even transgender novel, both Lefi, a Somian, than Afton, a Valoran, are in some way hermaphrodites, so basically they have no gender, or better they have both gender. They are not humans, but an alien breed, and the Somians have lost their hermaphroditism to basically mutate on a female or on a male, but in a way, they still preserve the double characteristic cause they are always twins at birth, and if they are a male and a female, they are a mated pair. Only that Lefi’s twin sister has died, and now for Lefi is like he has lost his heart and doesn’t believe he is capable of loving again.

The Valorans instead are fully hermaphrodites, but since young age, they lean toward a gender, and so, even if they have both genitalia, they identify as a male or female; moreover, they are very private regarding sexuality and homosexuality is basically nonexistent; to Afton, who was raised as a male, the attraction he feels toward Lefi, a male, is unsettling, and to add trouble to his worries, Somians are very sexual people, exactly the opposite of Valorans, and Lefi is a sex worker, a Bacchi (basically a high paid and recognized prostitute).

There is a second, parallel plot about a slave black market where Valorans are sold to brothels, and Afton, as a police inspector, is required to investigate, and Lefi is his “liason”. But truth be told, this wasn’t the plot I was interested in, more interesting was the slow seduction of Lefi towards Afton, and Afton questioning not only his sexuality, but the entire emotional structure of his own people. This is a sensitive matter and I don’t want to approach it in a way that is indelicate, but my feeling was that, even if Afton start to consider his female genitalia (while instead, previously, he completely ignored them), in no way he changes his male attitude to life; for example, Afton can bear children, but he has never considered the option, as a male, and still doesn’t consider it even when he falls in love for another men.

Paperback: 404 pages
Publisher: (September 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1304499812
ISBN-13: 978-1304499813
Amazon: The Bacchi
Amazon Kindle: The Bacchi

Series: An Uncommon Whore
1) An Uncommon Whore:
2) The Bacchi

More Reviews by Author at my website:, My Reviews

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.