November 6th, 2014

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Arthur Bell & Arthur Evans

Arthur Bell (November 6, 1939 – June 2, 1984) was a journalist, author and LGBT rights activist. (picture: Jill Johnston and Arthur Bell at a Gay Pride march, 1971)

Bell, an early member of the Gay Liberation Front and a founding member of the Gay Activists Alliance in New York City, wrote two books. Dancing the gay lib blues: A year in the homosexual liberation movement was published in 1971 and he published Kings Don't Mean a Thing: The John Knight Murder Case in 1978. Bell wrote his first piece for the Village Voice in 1969, an account of the Stonewall riots, a confrontation between police and the patrons of a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn that became a flashpoint of the Gay Liberation movement. He became a regular columnist in 1976 with his column "Bell Tells".

Bell wrote a series of columns about a string of unsolved murders of gay people; these columns, along with the novel Cruising by Gerald Walker, were the inspiration behind the William Friedkin film Cruising. Ironically, Bell wrote additional columns condemning Friedkin and Cruising after reading a leaked early screenplay, deploring what he viewed as its negative depiction of gay people and claiming that it would inspire violence against homosexuals. At Bell's urging, gay activists disrupted the filming of Cruising and demonstrated at theatres where the film was playing.

Bell met author Arthur Evans (1942 - September 10, 2011), at the time a film distributor, and the two entered into a relationship in 1964. They parted on bad terms in 1971 and Bell included an unflattering portrait of Evans in his book Dancing the Gay Lib Blues. The two reconstructed their friendship and Bell dedicated his second book, Kings Don't Mean a Thing, to Evans.

Gay Activists Alliance march, 1970. Its first president, Jim Owles, is on the right of the row of men linking arms. To the left is Phil Raia, Arthur Evans, Marty Robinson is behind the photographer in the foreground. To the left of the photographer is Tom Doerr who designed the lambda symbol that they are all wearing. (
Arthur Evans was an early gay rights advocate and author, most well known for his 1978 book Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. In 1963, Evans discovered gay life in Greenwich Village, and in 1964 became lovers with Arthur Bell who later became a columnist for The Village Voice. By the end of 1971, Evans had become alienated from urban life and the academic world. With a second lover, Jacob Schraeter, he left New York in April 1972 to seek a new, countercultural existence in the countryside.

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Arthur Scott Evans (October 12, 1942, York, Pennsylvania – September 11, 2011, San Francisco, California) was an early gay rights advocate and author, most well known for his 1978 book Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture.

When Evans graduated from public high school in 1960, he received a four-year scholarship from the Glatfelter Paper Company in York to study chemistry at Brown University. While at Brown, Evans and several friends founded the Brown Freethinkers Society, describing themselves as "militant atheists" seeking to combat the harmful effects of organized religion.

The society picketed the weekly chapel services at Brown, then required of all students, and urged students to stand in silent protest against compulsory prayer. National news services picked up the story, which appeared in a local York newspaper.

As a result, the paper company informed Evans that his scholarship was cancelled. Evans contacted Joseph Lewis, the elderly millionaire who headed the national Freethinkers Society. Lewis threatened the paper company with a highly publicized lawsuit if the scholarship were revoked. The company relented, the scholarship continued, and Evans changed his major from chemistry to political science.

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Ken Corbett & Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952) is an American writer, best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. Several years ago, Cunningham wanted to walk away from his life. 'I just couldn't do it because I love Kenny too much,' he says, referring to psychologist Ken Corbett, his lover since 1986. Plus, says Cunningham, he accepted he was a writer for life, though he acknowledges, 'There's always the possibility that I could become a jeweler.'

Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied English literature at Stanford University where he earned his degree. Later, at the University of Iowa, he received a Michener Fellowship and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. While studying at Iowa, he had short stories published in the Atlantic Monthly and the Paris Review. His short story, "White Angel", was later used as a chapter in his novel A Home at the End of the World. It was included in "The Best American Short Stories, 1989," published by Houghton Mifflin.

In 1993, Cunningham received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1998 a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1995 he was awarded the Whiting Writers' Award. Cunningham has taught at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and in the creative writing M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College. He is currently professor of creative writing at Yale University.

The Hours established Cunningham as a major force in American writing, and his recent novel, Specimen Days, was also well received by American critics. Cunningham has edited a book of poetry and prose by Walt Whitman, Laws for Creations, and has co-written, with Susan Minot, a screenplay adapted from Minot's novel Evening. He is also a producer for the 2007 film, Evening, which stars Glenn Close, Toni Collette, and Meryl Streep.

Michael Cunningham is an American writer, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. Several years ago, shortly after his 1998 novel, The Hours, Cunningham wanted to walk away from his life. 'I just couldn't do it because I love Kenny too much,' he says, referring to psychologist Ken Corbett, his lover since 1986. Plus, says Cunningham, he accepted he was a writer for life, though he acknowledges, 'There's always the possibility that I could become a jeweler.'

He may have won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Hours,” but that’s because the committee regretted not giving him the prestigious award for “Flesh and Blood” years before. That’s the story I tell myself. Not because “The Hours” isn’t wonderful. But because “Flesh and Blood” is an American Epic. It’s grand, deep, absorbing, thrilling, urgent. In a hundred years high school kids will be reading Cunningham’s book along with “The Great Gatsby.” The book is filled with so much: an immigrant’s tale, a family saga, gay life, AIDS, drug addiction, adoption, and life during the queasy final decades of the 20th century. Everyone should read it. --Aaron Krach
I believe Michael Cunningham is a master storyteller. His ability to cinematically capture precise imagery is astounding. I first read The Hours and the A Home at the end of the World – both highly recommended. Cunningham has an astute gift for creating realistic and lovable characters and then folding them into each other so before we realize it a whole world has enveloped us. An incisive perspective on human sexuality and both the torment and ecstasy that come in its many variations. --Charlie David
A Home at the End of the World (first half) – Michael Cunningham. I’ve only read the first half on advice of many friends, but it’s an amazing portrait of suburban teenage America and fumbling with sexual feelings with a best friend in your bedroom. When the mother smokes pot with her son and his "boyfriend," I almost died. --Blair Mastbaum
Perhaps The Hours is an obvious choice when it comes to Cunningham, I’ve also enjoyed his earlier works (A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood). But this one I appreciate for the author’s ability to weave three separate (and quite beautiful) stories into one unforgettable tale. I also like the movie a lot. --Frank Anthony Polito
A Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham. I really felt very connected to both the men in the story (which is about a relationship triangle over the course of many years). One is straight, one is gay, and they are both contemporaries of mine – so there were many touch points I could so easily identify with. The structure of this novel, where alternating chapters are written from each of the main characters’ point of view, has influenced how I’m putting together “Forest Dark,” the novel I’m writing now. I also loved the epic nature of the story, in that it follows an enduring friendship over many years, and found myself longing for the kind of love expressed in this book. --Jim Arnold
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham. A devastating read about finding and losing family. It´s more than just a love story. For me, it came at a tumultuous time in my life when I was very ill. Reading Cunningham´s work gave me a warm feeling that few books can. This is a tome about character above all else. The film adaptation is pretty damn good, albeit minus one important character. --Eric Arvin
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Further Readings:

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (April 18, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312425023
ISBN-13: 978-0312425029
Amazon: Specimen Days: A Novel
Amazon Kindle: Specimen Days: A Novel

One of the most anticipated novels of 2005 from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ‘The Hours’.

‘Specimen Days’ is three linked visionary narratives about the relationship between man and machine. The first narrative, a ghost story set at the height of the Industrial Revolution, tells the story of man-eating machines. An ecstatic boy, barely embodied in the physical world, speaks in the voice of the great visionary poet Walt Whitman. He works at an oppressive factory connected to the making of a mysterious substance with some universal function and on which the world's economy somehow depends. The slight boy can barely operate the massive machine which speaks to him in the voice of his devoured brother. A woman who was to have married the brother is now the object of obsessive interest by the boy. In a city in which all are mastered by the machine, the boy is convinced that the woman must be saved before she too is devoured.

This grisly but ultimately transformative story establishes three main characters who will appear, reincarnated, in the other two sections of this startling modern novel. The boy, the man and the woman are each in search of some sort of transcendence as is made manifest by the recurrence of the words of Whitman (‘It avails not, neither distance nor place…I am with you, and know how it is’). In part two, a noir thriller set in the early years of our current century, the city is at threat from maniacal bombers, while the third and last part plays with the sci-fi genre, taking our characters centuries into the future. The man who was devoured by a machine in part one is now literally a machine – a robot who becomes fully human before our eyes. The woman is a refugee from another part of the universe, a warrior in her native land but a servant on this planet.

‘Specimen Days’ is a genre-bending, haunting ode to life itself – a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today.

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Blog Tour: The Marine by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

The Marine by John Simpson and Robert Cummings
Publisher: Cool Beans Publishing & Editing (September 20, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: The Marine by John Simpson and Robert Cummings

Two young men, David Stauffer and Matthew Kendricks, meet while processing into the Marine Corps for Basic Training. David is immediately attracted to the red haired, Matthew. As their training begins, David pursues Matthew to find out if the attraction is mutual. To his great pleasure, David learns that his attentions are not unwelcomed, but rather feared. Matthew, unlike David isn't as comfortable with his fellow trainees finding out he's gay.
As training progresses David proves himself to be superior to the other trainees. As a reward, he is given a short, on post leave and is allowed to take Matthew with him. This allows them a chance to explore each other's bodies, rather than just glimpses in the showers.
From that moment the spark between the two burns hot and sets the stage for what is to come. When training ends, questions about their futures arise. Both men are forced to make decisions that will impact their futures, and potentially out them to the entire Marine Corps.

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Author Bio:
John Simpson

John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. He has just been hired by an international film production company to become a main script writer, and will start soon on a television series.

John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay men’s' eyes. And just like real life, John's characters have active and exciting sex lives. John calls on his broad personal and professional experience in writing gay romance. John is author of numerous full length novels available through Dreamspinner Press and several short stories in Alyson Books anthologies. His first book, Murder Most Gay, is based on the murder of a gay man in Orlando, Florida in 1980, which he investigated along with many others, as an intern from UCF in the legal program. The Orange County State's Attorney's Office utilized his prior experience as a police officer in many ways, including proving a suicide was in fact a homicide.

John lives with his partner of 39 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. John is highly involved with the Church, specifically seeking to repair rifts between Christendom and the gay community. John graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1981, and received an S.T.L. in 1995.

John wishes to extend a very special thanks to his many female readers. He appreciates and loves the fact women enjoy male/male erotica, and he thanks you for your past and continued support. He hopes to never disappoint you, and always leave you wanting more!

John now has a total of over 40 full length novels in print as well as another 20 novellas and short stories!

Robert Cummings:
Robert Cummings lives in Pennsylvania with his partner and their black lab mix dog. Robert is an Iraqi freedom veteran with a seventeen-year law enforcement career. He enjoys the outdoors, family, and travel.

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6-Nov Fallen Angel Reviews
6-Nov Up All Night, Read All Day
13-Nov Fallen Angel Reviews
13-Nov Inked Rainbow Reads
13-Nov Regular Guys, Hot Romance
20-Nov Wake Up Your Wild Side
20-Nov MM Good Book Reviews
20-Nov Cate Ashwood
27-Nov Velvet Panic
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Rainbow Awards pre-party and 8th anniversary (Day 6)

November 2014 marks the 8th anniversary since I opened my first journal on LJ, and the 6th anniversary of the Rainbow Awards and we will have again a 1 month long big bash party. 119 authors, all of them in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, have donated an ebook and I will use them for a Treasure Hunt. Every day, for all November, I will post 4 excerpts (a random page of the book). No reference to title, or author, or publisher. You have to match it with the book ;-) comment on the blog (do not leave anonymous comments, if you post as anonymous, leave a contact email (comments are screened)), you can comment 1 time for more matchings (you can even try for all 4 books if you like, so 4 chances to win every day). Until the end I will not say which matching is right, so you will have ALL month to try. No limit on how many books you can win, the more you try the better chance you have to win. End of November, among the right matchings, I will draw the winners. So now? let the game start!

If at the end of the treasure hunt there will be still unmatched excerpts the giveaway will go to the one who matched more books.

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