January 31st, 2015

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Daniel Tammet & Jérôme Tabet

Daniel Tammet FRSA (born 31 January 1979) is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. His best selling 2006 memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, was named a "Best Book for Young Adults" in 2008 by the American Library Association. Tammet met his first partner, software engineer Neil Mitchell, in 2000. Tammet lived with him in Kent, where they had a quiet life at home with their cats, preparing meals from their garden. Tammet and Mitchell operated the online e-learning company Optimnem, where they created and published language courses. (P: jurvets. Daniel Tammet, 2011)

Tammet now lives with a new partner, Jérôme Tabet, a French photographer whom he met while promoting his autobiography. Although he has said that he did not think he would be here if it were not for the love and support of Mitchell, more recently he noted that he used to live a rigid existence aimed at calming his many anxieties—"I was very happy, but it was a small happiness"—whereas now, as the subtitle of Embracing the Wide Sky: A tour across the horizons of the mind asserts, he believes that we ought to seek to liberate our brains—a belief reflected in his new life:
My life used to be very simple and regimented but since then I have travelled constantly and given lots of lectures and it just changed me... It made me much more open, much more interested in, I guess, the full potential of what my mind could do... Because of that change I grew and in a sense I grew apart from my long-term partner, so we parted amicably in 2007, and a short while later I met my current partner, who is from France so I decided to go and live with him in Avignon.
Tammet's second book, Embracing the Wide Sky, was described as one of France's best selling books of 2009 by L'Express magazine in its March 2010 edition.


Daniel Tammet is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. His best selling 2006 memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, was named a "Best Book for Young Adults" in 2008 by the American Library Association. Tammet lives with his partner, Jérôme Tabet, a French photographer whom he met while promoting his autobiography. Tammet's second book, Embracing the Wide Sky, was described as one of France's best selling books of 2009 by L'Express.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet

Born in 1980 in southern France, Jérôme Tabet entered the university to study History of Art In 1998, discover the masterpieces of modern and contemporary painting - Manet, Matisse, Cézanne, Klein, who will have a great influence on his how to photograph the landscape - and wrote, two years later, a memoir on the issues of the film adaptation, and obtained a Masters in Cinema.

In addition, he has volunteered for three consecutive years to the Short Film Festival of Aix-en-Provence, to be in direct contact with the current film trend and absorb, analyze and discuss it.

To feed his ambitions and acquire photographic and video equipment, in 2003, he led a series of cultural projects for the Victor Vasarely Foundation in Aix en Provence. It organized them for four years: various art workshops combining contemporary art, performance, video and photography, often for disadvantaged groups, and participated in the implementation of temporary exhibitions.

In 2007, under the pseudonym Rrose Selavy, he paid tribute to Marcel Duchamp, the Dada movement and Serge Gainsbourg by making the video as Beau oui comme Bowie, where two narcissistic, androgynous characters, dance in a blue fishbowl among daffodils and stars.

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Derek Jarman & Kevin Collins

In both his films and his writings, Derek Jarman's explicit project was to celebrate gay sexuality and imagine a place for it in English culture.  At the Tyneside Film festival in 1987 he met Kevin Collins who was then 21. He had recently graduated and was writing software for the Government. He had been brought up in a village near Newcastle by parents who were socialists and devout Methodists. Derek Jarman pursued Kevin Collins by letter and within a few months Kevin Collins went to London and moved in with Derek Jarman. They both were committed campaigners with OutRage!. Kevin Collins nursed Derek Jarman for the final seven years of his life.

Keith maintained singular ideas on many things. I think this was part of the appeal for Derek. Although Keith was not an avid fan of Derek's films at first, in time he came to recognize their worth. He acted under the screen name of Kevin Collins and would play a major part in The Garden. In Edward II (1991) he was the jailer.

Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman (2009): a "stylized and lyrical coming-of-age" short film combining narrative and documentary elements directed by Matthew Mishory depicting Jarman's "artistic, sexual, and political awakening in postwar England." Jarman's surviving muse Keith Collins (his partner from 1987 to 94) and Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Steven Severin both participated in the making of the film, which had its world premiere at the 2009 Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland, its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and its California premiere at the 2010 Frameline International Film Festival in San Francisco. In 2011 the film was permanently installed in the British Film Institute's National Film Archive in London.


In both his films and his writings, Derek Jarman's explicit project was to celebrate gay sexuality and imagine a place for it in English culture.  At the Tyneside Film festival in 1987 he met Kevin Collins who was then 21. Jarman pursued Collins by letter and within a few months Kevin Collins went to London and moved in with Derek Jarman. They both were committed campaigners with OutRage!. Kevin Collins nursed Derek Jarman for the final seven years of his life. Jarman died on February 19, 1994.


©Ron Strutt. Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent. Prospect Cottage was the home of film maker Derek Jarman at the end of his life (©17)
The Garden is a 1990 British arthouse film by director Derek Jarman produced by James Mackay for Basilisk Communications in association with Channel 4, British Screen and ZDF. It focuses on homosexuality and Christianity set against a backdrop of Jarman's bleak coastal home of Dungeness in Kent, and his garden and the nearby landscape surrounding a nuclear power station, a setting Jarman compares to the Garden of Eden. The film was entered into the 17th Moscow International Film Festival. Kevin Collins plays the role of one of the two gay lovers.


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Citation Information
Author: Normand, Lawrence
Entry Title: Jarman, Derek
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated October 10, 2007
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/jarman_d.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date February 19, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Florence Yoch & Lucile Council

Florence Yoch (1890–1972) and Lucile Council (1898–1964), were influential California landscape designers, practicing in the first half of the 20th century in Southern California. (Picture: Florence Yoch)

The works of Florence Yoch & Lucile Council are documented in the book "Landscaping the American dream: the gardens and film sets of Florence Yoch, 1890-1972".

Born into a privileged life in southern California, Florence Yoch studied at the University of California at Berkeley, at Cornell, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed a degree in landscape gardening. She began practicing in 1918 and over 53 years completed more than 250 projects. Her work encompassed a broad range of landscape types from grand estates to campuses, parks, even a botanical garden and five movie sets. Lucille Council became an apprentice to the firm in 1921 and as partners they lived and worked together until Council’s death in 1964.

Prestigious commissions included the residence of Mrs. Howard Huntington in Pasadena, California, Shoshone Falls National Park, and the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. The first female movie director, Dorothy Arzner, introduced Yoch to such distinguished Hollywood personages as Jack Warner and David Selznick, for whom Yoch designed the Tara set for Gone with the Wind. Yoch and Council traveled to North Africa to research the set for The Garden of Allah. With the advent of World War II, their work, greatly reduced, became more naturalistic, centered on the land, largely in the Pasadena region. Their designs were noted for the juxtaposition of informal, wild plantings and formal geometry, as well as the theatrical and unexpected.


The David O. Selznick estate in Beverly Hills
Florence Yoch (1890-1972) and Lucile Council (1898-1964), were influential California landscape designers, practicing in the first half of the 20th century in Southern California. She began practicing in 1918 and over 53 years completed more than 250 projects. Lucille Council became an apprentice to the firm in 1921 and as partners they lived and worked together until Council's death in 1964. Their work range from grand estates to campuses, parks, even a botanical garden and five movie sets.

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Source: http://tclf.org/pioneer/florence-yoch & http://tclf.org/pioneer/lucille-council

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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Patsy Kelly & Tallulah Bankhead

Patsy Kelly (January 12, 1910 – September 24, 1981) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress. She is known for her role as the brash, wisecracking sidekick to Thelma Todd in a series of short comedy films produced by Hal Roach in the 1930s. Known as the "Queen of Wisecracks", Kelly's career continued after Todd's death in 1935 in similar roles.

After her film career declined in the mid-1940s, Kelly returned to New York where she worked in radio and summer stock. She also became a personal assistant to Tallulah Bankhead. Kelly returned to the screen after 17 years with guest spots on television and in film roles.

In 1971, Kelly returned to the stage in the revival of No, No, Nanette for which she won a Tony Award. She continued appearing in film and television roles until she suffered a stroke in January 1980 which limited her ability to speak. Kelly died of cancer in 1981.

At a time when being openly gay was not socially acceptable, Kelly was open about her sexuality. On occasion she would frankly disclose, in public and with typical candor, to being a "dyke". During the 1930s, she disclosed to Motion Picture magazine that she had been living with actress Wilma Cox for several years and had no intention of getting married. She later claimed she had an affair with Tallulah Bankhead when she worked as Bankhead's personal assistant.


Tallulah Bankhead was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and bonne vivante. Rumors about Bankhead's sex life have lingered for years, and she was linked romantically with many notable female personalities of the day, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Eva Le Gallienne, Hattie McDaniel, and Alla Nazimova, as well as writer Mercedes de Acosta and singer Billie Holiday. Actress Patsy Kelly claimed she had a sexual relationship with Bankhead when she worked for her as a personal assistant.


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

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an award-winning American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and bonne vivante. Bankhead was also known for her deep voice, flamboyant personality, romances with men and women, and support of liberal causes, which broke with the tendency of southern Democrats at the time to support a more conservative agenda.

Bankhead was born in Huntsville, Alabama, to William Brockman Bankhead and Adelaide Eugenia "Ada" Bankhead (née Sledge). The event took place on the second floor of what is now known as the Isaac Schiffman Building; a marker has been erected to commemorate the site and, in 1980, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. "Tallu" was named after her paternal grandmother. Her mother died as a result of blood poisoning on February 23, 1902, shortly after Tallulah's birth, and is buried in Huntsville's historic Maple Hill Cemetery. Tallulah has been described as "an extremely homely child", overweight and with a deep, husky voice resulting from chronic bronchitis. However, others described her as an exhibitionist, performer, personality, and star from the very beginning.

She came from the powerful Bankhead and Brockman political family, active in the Democratic Party in the South in general and Alabama in particular. Her father was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1936–1940.


Tallulah Bankhead photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tallulah_Bankhead
Atcheson (a Broadway actor ndr) was put off by some of the things the men he met wanted to do in bed - a sentiment he shared when he first met the legendary Tallulah Bankhead. "Oh God!" she replied. "I know just what you mean. After all, I've tried everything. If I go down on a man it chokes me and if I go down on a woman it gags me. If I get buggered it hurts me like hell and if I get fucked it gives me acute claustrophobia. So I've just gone back to reading, love!" --The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America by Charles Kaiser
Lillian Faderman notes that many women prominent in New York theater, such as Beatrice Lillie, Jeanne Eagels, Tallulah Bankhead, and Libby Holman, established public reputations as sexually adventurous women with both female and male partners. Their association with respectable Broadway theater gave them economic security as well as the social freedom to live their lives outside the cultural and sexual mainstream. --A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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Elihu Vedder & Giovanni Costa

Elihu Vedder (February 26, 1836 – January 29, 1923) was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City. He first visited Italy from 1858 until 1860, becoming deeply emotionally attached to fellow painter Giovanni Costa (15 October 1826 – 31 January 1903). Their idyllic trips through the Italian countryside were cut short because Vedder's father cut off his financial allowance. (P: William Kurtz (1833–1904). Elihu Vedder, American painter and poet, circa 1870)

In 1860, in Florence, Giovanni Costa became friend with Elihu Vedder, and the two together went to Volterra for a month in the summer to study real life paintings, along with American painter Thomas Hiram Hotchkiss (1837-1869). In August, Costa had to go back to Livorno to be the second on a duel to Stanislao Mazzoni.

In 1867, Costa introduced William Blake Richmond (1842-1912) to Elihu Vedder, who, at the time, had a study in Via Margutta, 33, like Costa. Beginning of March, Costa founded the Centro d’Insurrezione (Insurrection Center), financed with his own means, in this way depleting his father's inheritance. Already in February, Richmond helped him sending along Costa's paintings to Frederic Leighton, who promised to sell them in England.

In 1874, Costa and Vedder spent the summer together, paintings at Porto d'Anzio. Apparently the last time Costa met Vedder was in 1881 when Costa and Edward Blount Smith visited Vedder and his wife in Rome.


The Water Nymph


Hallway of the Reading Room of the Washington Library of Congress
Elihu Vedder was an American symbolist painter, book illustrator, and poet, born in New York City. He first visited Italy from 1858 until 1860, becoming deeply emotionally attached to fellow painter Giovanni Costa. Their idyllic trips through the Italian countryside were cut short because Vedder's father cut off his financial allowance. They met the first time in the summer of 1860, in Florence, and the last time in 1881 when Costa and Edward Blount Smith visited Vedder and his wife in Rome.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elihu_Vedder

Giovanni Costa "Nino" (Rome, 1826 - Marina di Pisa, January 31, 1903) was an Italian painter. (P: Frederic Leighton (1830–1896). Portrait of Professor Giovanni Costa, 1878, now in the Leighton House Museum, London)

Exponent of the 19th century Roman painting world, Giovanni Costa has contributed to the spread of naturalistic ideas even among members of the artistic movement of the Macchiaioli. Costa is also remembered for having actively participated in the Garibaldi campaigns of 1848-49 and 1859.

Nino Costa was born in Rome in 1826: his father is a representative of the Roman middle class.

During youth he receives a classical education, he is fascinated by the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and he dedicated himself to painting by attending, always in his hometown, Rome, in 1848, the Camuccini study's, that of Coghetti and finally that of Podesti and Clerici.

However, he has a penchant for nature and painting from life that moves him away from these artists, intrinsically linked to the neo-classical and romantic experiences.


La Ninfa nel bosco

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Aidan Hicks & Patrick Gale

Although gay and lesbian characters figure prominently in all but one of his twelve novels, Patrick Gale (born January 31, 1962) does not write the traditional coming-out or escape from oppressive environment narratives. Rather, he draws on his own varied background and experience to explore gay men and lesbians in complex, often dysfunctional, family units set within the three worlds he finds most meaningful--London, Winchester, and Cornwall, the worlds he experienced most personally.

In 2008, he married his partner of seven years, artist Aidan Hicks, and they live on a sprawling farm near Cornwall (Land's End). They raise beef cattle for the open market and winter cauliflowers (broccoli) for Sainsbury’s. His current ambition is to perfect the art of reversing a tractor and trailer around a corner. One night during the Perth Festival, while all his friends were all sipping bubbly in a private home in Freemantle, Patrick rushed up to them and said, panic-stricken, “the most terrible thing has happened!” “Oh no. What?” they all squealed. “ I have lost my wedding ring!” Only recently wedded, Patrick had suddenly noticed it had disappeared and the beads of sweat on his forehead were evidence of his concern. “Aidan will kill me” he said. So, while they were all enjoying another night of free-flowing wine and party food, Patrick was back at the hotel, in his underwear, frantically searching at the bottom of the hotel pool for that gold band of wedded bliss with the hotel staff. He eventually found it and joined his friends later in the night, looking a little water-logged but still as happy as ever!

Gale was born on January 31, 1962 on the Isle of Wight. Before reaching adulthood, he was minded by a murderer in Wormwood Scrubs Prison where his father was administrator, had discovered music at Pilgrim's School in Winchester, attended Winchester College School where his writing ability was recognized and encouraged, and studied English at New College, Oxford. He had hoped to become an actor, but this ambition was not to be realized except in the ways in which he immerses himself in the characters he creates.

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Citation Information
Author: Higdon, David Leon
Entry Title: Gale, Patrick
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2008
Date Last Updated September 15, 2008
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/gale_patrick.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date January 31, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 2008 glbtq, Inc.

Further Readings:

Rough Music (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Patrick Gale
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 25, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345442377
ISBN-13: 978-0345442376
Amazon: Rough Music

Beautifully written and deeply compassionate, Rough Music is a novel of one family at two defining points in time. Seamlessly alternating between the present day and a summer thirty years past, its twin stories unfold at a cottage along the eastern coast of England.

Will Pagett receives an unexpected gift on his fortieth birthday, two weeks at a perfect beach house in Cornwall. Seeking some distance from the married man with whom he's having an affair, he invites his aging mother and father to share his holiday, knowing the sun and sea will be a welcome change for. But the cottage and the stretch of sand before it seem somehow familiar and memories of a summer long ago begin to surface.

Thirty-two years earlier. A young married couple and their eight year-old son begin two idyllic weeks at a beach house in Cornwall. But the sudden arrival of unknown American relatives has devastating consequences, turning what was to be a moment of reconciliation into an act of betrayal that will cast a lengthy shadow.

As Patrick Gale masterfully unspools these parallel stories, we see their subtle and surprising reflections in each other and discover how the forgotten dramas of childhood are reenacted throughout our lives.

Deftly navigating the terrain between humor and tragedy, Patrick Gale has written an unforgettable novel about the lies that adults tell and the small acts of treason that children can commit. Rough Music gracefully illuminates the merciful tricks of memory and the courage with which we continue to assert our belief in love and happiness.

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Ricardo Pinto (born January 31, 1961)

Ricardo Pinto (born 1961 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a computer game programmer and fantasy author.

His family moved to London when he was six and then to Dundee in Scotland. In 1979, he commenced a degree in Mathematics at the University of Dundee. In 1983, he moved to London to work as a programmer writing computer games. He moved back to Edinburgh and then to Bristol working on game design. He became interested in creating the plot for games and wrote Kryomek and Hivestone as support material for tabletop wargames.

When gaming proved unprofitable he began to work seriously on a novel, The Chosen which was published in (1999). This forms the first part of a trilogy The Stone Dance of the Chameleon. The second volume The Standing Dead was published in 2002. The third volume was highly anticipated, but missed the publication deadline. The delay was partly caused by the author's house in Edinburgh being severely damaged by fire. The books was finally published in March 2009. The trilogy concerns the harrowing experiences of the young and inexperienced heir to a ruling dynasty who is suddenly taken from his protected childhood and thrust into a cruel society where he must fight for his family honour, his position and his life.

Pinto was interviewed about the books and stated that he wrote a first draft of the story during the long holiday while at university in 1982, and had written expanded drafts of the parts which became the second and third books while employed writing computer games. His starting point for writing was the experience gained designing games, which had also required the development of a detailed fantasy world. Considerable time was spent researching and developing background detail for all three books, extending to constructing models of the locations within them. The aim was to remove any possible plot difficulties which might appear in the last book before committing to the detail published in the first. The series has taken 10 years of work to complete.

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

Further Readings:

The Chosen (The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, Book 1) by Ricardo Pinto
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (February 15, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 081258435X
ISBN-13: 978-0812584356
Amazon: The Chosen (The Stone Dance of the Chameleon, Book 1)

Young Carnelian has spent his entire life alone with his father, who years ago rejected the savage cruelty of the Masters of Osrakum and was sent into exile. But now a ship has come flying through the winter gales to shatter his quiet world. Three Masters disembark, and as they remove their masks of gold, Carnelian is awed by the light that seems to radiate from their skin. In formal conclave they beg Carnelian's father to return with them to Osrakum to oversee the election of a new God Emperor.

And so Carnelian begins to fulfill his destiny. Along his perilous journey to the Osrakum, he is forced to learn bitter lessons in bloodshed, power, intrigue, love, and treachery--and sets in motion the concluding events in a story four thousand years old.

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James S. Russell & Steven Blier

The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. It presents an annual series of concerts in New York City dedicated to the art of song, classical, modern and popular. In addition, this organization commissions new works and recordings, including the Grammy Award winning recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles (Koch), and the Grammy nominated recording of Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen (1997, New World Records).

James S. Russell: It hasn’t been that hard to mesh our lives together. I think we were both really grateful to find each other. That was a big motivator. And partly it’s because we can be separate very successfully. Steve’s disability is progressive, so he wasn’t in a wheelchair when I met him. He had a little funny, rolling walk -- that’s very characteristic of the muscular disability that he has -- and that was it. We talked about that because it was important for me to know. But I think one of the smart ways I dealt with it was by not over-anticipating. I said to myself, Well, you know it’s progressive. I don’t know what this means. Why don’t I, for a change, enjoy what we have now? You take things as they come, and then you deal. And Steve makes it pleasurable to live with him. He has to deal with a lot, but it doesn’t define his existence. He doesn’t want to be the disabled guy who happens to be a pianist.

It’s a little hard for me to leave for long periods of time as the disability has progressed, but I was surprised when I was talking to someone recently who said, “Oh, so you’re the caregiver.” That had never been said to me before. I was really taken aback. I said, “Is that who I am?” To be identified as “caregiver” is a little spooky for me, just as Stevie doesn’t want to be “disabled guy.” Of course, I do that, but he takes care of me in lots of ways, too. It’s a mutual thing.


Photography by Eric Ogden
The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) was founded in 1988 by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. "I derive a lot of animal comfort from being with Jim," Blier explains. "I like being near him. There’s just this great sense of home with him. It’s the kind of thing that no one can match-make for you, because it’s so deep. But now, after being married, when I hold Jimmy, I have this feeling of, This is my husband, not just some guy I have slept with for 15 years."

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Source: www.out.com/out-exclusives/love-issue/2013/01/31/home-him-steven-blier-james-s-russell

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Love for the Cold-Blooded by Alex Gabriel

I have to admit that, considering this is not the first time I read a novel with superheroes and villains all living together in a somewhere in the future city not so distant from our own universe, I'm starting to feel like I'm missing a big piece of cultural background... is this scenario part of some literary universe? is it a sci-fi subgenre or maybe a classical fiction I'm not aware of?

In any case, in this novel, Alex Gabriel approaches the usually light tone with even an heavier push on the hilarious button, and, while dealing with villains trying to conquer the world, instead of being scared, it seems like the mere civilians were amused. I think that no alive being was affected, and only some building took the brush of the villains' actions.

And indeed Pat, one of our heroes, is the son of a villain (female), and his three sisters are as well. Pat is not cut for the villain life, and he prefers to be an architectural student, while working part-time as house manager of a superhero, Nicholas. But Pat is a night house manager and interacts with Nicholas through an AI which is managing the whole house, so they never met, until the night Nicholas asks for a rent boy, and Pat, who didn't understand the request, reply by person... and well, you can imagine what happens next.

The story is a mix of naughty and funny; but even when dealing with sex, while explicit, the author always maintains the humor sublayer, so that, the whole experience of reading this story is a light one, nice, funny, comfortable, happy.

Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Alex Gabriel Books; 1 edition (December 22, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1505695988
ISBN-13: 978-1505695984
Amazon: Love for the Cold-Blooded: Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero
Amazon Kindle: Love for the Cold-Blooded: Or: The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

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