January 30th, 2014

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Francis Poulenc (January 7, 1899 – January 30, 1963)

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. He composed solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music. Some writers consider Poulenc one of the first openly gay composers. His first serious relationship was with painter Richard Chanlaire, to whom he wrote on his Concert champêtre score: "You have changed my life, you are the sunshine of my thirty years, a reason for living and working". He also once said, "You know that I am as sincere in my faith, without any messianic screamings, as I am in my Parisian sexuality."

Poulenc was born in Paris in 1899. His father Émile Poulenc was a second generation director of the Poulenc, and later Rhône-Poulenc, chemical corporation. His mother, an amateur pianist, taught him to play. He was introduced to the Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes in 1914, a champion of the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, and became his pupil shortly afterwards. He was a capable pianist, and the keyboard dominated his early compositions.

In 1916 a childhood friend, Raymonde Linossier (1897–1930), introduced Poulenc to Adrienne Monnier's bookshop, the Maison des Amis des Livres. There he met avant-garde poets such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Paul Éluard and Louis Aragon. He later set many of their poems to music.

His first surviving composition, Rapsodie Nègre (1917), caught Stravinsky's attention. Stravinsky was later instrumental in having the work published in London.

Le bestiaire, ou Le cortège d'Orphée (also in 1917) is a cycle of mélodies on poems by Guillaume Apollinaire. In 1918 he gave the premiere of his Sonata for piano four hands with a fellow Viñes pupil, Marcelle Meyer.

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

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Robert Rodi (born 1956)

Robert Rodi (born 1956 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American novelist, playwright, comic book writer, essayist, and performance artist.

Much of his fiction centers on gay themes and several of his novels are named after archetypes of gay male culture. Rodi himself is openly gay. The Chicago settings of his books also reflect his background.

Rodi's short fiction is collected in a number of anthologies, including Men on Men 5 and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Book of Dreams. His comic book work has appeared in Marvel Comics, the DC Comics imprint Vertigo, and other independent publishers. He was also well known in comic book circles during the '60s and '70s as a prolific writer of "letters to the editor" (as Bob Rodi).

Rodi was a founding member of the Chicago-area performance group The Pansy Kings and contributed plays and performed at the Live Bait Theatre.

His novel Kept Boy is under option to Warner Bros. and Rodi is adapting it for the screen.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rodi

Further Readings:

Bitch Goddess by Robert Rodi
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Plume (February 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452283108
ISBN-13: 978-0452283107
Amazon: Bitch Goddess

In Bitch Goddess, Robert Rodi turns his riotous wit on Hollywood sex and stardom. Told entirely through interviews, e-mails, fan magazine puff pieces, film reviews, shooting scripts, greeting cards, extortion notes, and court depositions, this is a hilarious account of the on-again, off-again career of Viola Chute, the B-grade sex symbol who slept her way to the middle-and slid downward from there.

After making a big comeback on a nighttime soap, Viola decides it's time to pen her memoirs. But when E. Manfred Harry, her ghostwriter, turns up some serious dirt, the bitch goddess fires him. The ever-resourceful Harry turns the book into an unauthorized tell-all biography, and Viola's star once again begins its descent...

Will she be asked back for a second season?
Will she make Celebrity Magazine's "Best-Dressed" list again this year?
Will her agent ever return her calls?

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It Happened Today: January 30

Charles Nolan & Andrew Tobias: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3440017.html

Charles Nolan, a fashion designer who proudly wore his politics on his sleeve, and also on his runway, died on January 30, 2011, at his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He was 53. The cause was cancer of the head and neck, said Andrew Tobias, the financial writer, who was Mr. Nolan's partner of 16 years. Tobias also wrote the autobiography The Best Little Boy in the World under the pen name "John Reid" in 1973. Nolan was a force behind the expansion of mainstream American sportswear.

Dorothy Thompson & Christa Winsloe: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3440249.html

Dorothy Thompson was an American journalist and radio broadcaster, who was recognized by Time magazine as the 2nd most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt. Thompson had a number of affairs with women, including German writer Christa Winsloe (Winsloe joined the French Resistance and with a woman companion, she was shot and killed by four Frenchmen in a forest near the country town of Cluny on June 10, 1944) and Gertrude Van Vranken Franchot Tone, mother of actor Franchot Tone.

Francis Poulenc (January 7, 1899 – January 30, 1963): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3440617.html

Francis Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist, member of the French group Les Six.His first serious relationship was with painter Richard Chanlaire, to whom he wrote on his Concert champêtre score: "You have changed my life, you are the sunshine of my thirty years, a reason for living and working". He also once said, "You know that I am as sincere in my faith, without any messianic screamings, as I am in my Parisian sexuality."

Jeb Alexander & C.C. Dasham: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4160247.html

The unifying thread of Jeb Alexander's diaries, are the love affairs, including his long time relationship with C. C. Dasham aka Isham W. Perkins, a state department employee. They probably met in 1925 when Dash moved to Washington to work as Librarian. They were together fro 40 years from 1925 to 1965. Dash retired in 1967, 2 years after Jeb’s death and moved to Florida. Jeb bequeathed the diaries to his nephew, Ina Russell, from which she distilled Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life, 1918-1945.

Maud Hunt Squire & Ethel Mars: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3903746.html

American artists and life partners for more than 50 years, Maud Hunt Squire and Ethel Mars, forged distinguished careers in book illustration, painting, and woodblock printing. Émigrées to France, they frequented Gertrude Stein's salons and, during World War I, were among the Provincetown artists working in new methods of printmaking. Squire and Mars were the subject of Stein's whimsical word portrait "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene" (Squire's nickname was Skeene), written between 1909 and 1911.

Robert Rodi (born 1956): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4160515.html

Robert Rodi is an American novelist, playwright, comic book writer, essayist, & performance artist. In Bitch Goddess, Robert Rodi turns his riotous wit on Hollywood sex and stardom. Told entirely through interviews, e-mails, fan magazine puff pieces, film reviews, shooting scripts, greeting cards, extortion notes, and court depositions, this is a hilarious account of the on-again, off-again career of Viola Chute, the Bgrade sex symbol who slept her way to the middle-and slid downward from there.

Thomas Duane & Louis Webre: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4160267.html

Thomas K. Duane (born January 30, 1955) is an American politician from NYC, who served in the New York State Senate from 1999 to 2012. He represents the 29th Senate District. Duane's partner since 1992 is Louis Webre. Duane has been the lead sponsor of same-sex marriage legislation in the New York State Senate. Born at the old French Hospital on West 30th Street in Manhattan, he was raised in Flushing, Queens, where he attended St. Andrew Avellino School and Holy Cross High School (Flushing).

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THE RAINBOW AWARDS 2014 SUBMISSION AND JUDGING GUIDELINES

The 2014 Rainbow Awards is an annual contest celebrating outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. Hosted and owned by blogger Elisa Rolle, the contest is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons.
Link to submission guidelines: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html
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2014 Rainbow Awards: Call for Judges

Candidates wishing to be judges for 2014 are welcomed, please contact Elisa Rolle at rainbowawards.submission@gmail.com. If you have not judged for this contest before, please give a short introduction explaining why you wish to participate in the jury for this contest.


1.      Judges will not judge any books which they have written, published or edited.

2.      Judges will be required to read entries from 1 March to 30 November 2014 inclusive.

3.      Judges must indicate prior to the commencement of reading which categories they are not comfortable reading.

4.      Each Judge will be required to read a minimum of 3 books and will only be sent the books they are required to read.

5.      Each book will be judged using 4 different criteria: Plot Development, Setting Development, Characters Development and Writing Style. Judges will rate entries in a range of 1 to 10 points for each criteria.

6.      There will be two separate reading periods:

a.      First period: from 1 March 2014 to 30 September 2014; each book will be read and scored by 3 different judges. At the end of this period, a shortlist of no less than 3 books for each category will be announced on 15 October 2014.

b.      Second period: from 1 October 2014 to 30 November 2014; all finalists for each category will be read by 3 to 5 judges. Winners will be announced in December 2015.




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