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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Spacuna Publishing; 1ST edition (October 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578040069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578040066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since April 2003, Derek Hartley has been one half of the Sirius XM Radio duo "Derek and Romaine" on the OutQ Channel. In 2009, the show received a Special Recognition Award from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In 2010, they were named to OUT Magazine's Out 100 list.

Prior to the launch of "Derek and Romaine," Derek had been a syndicated columnist for nearly a decade. His widely-read columns have appeared online and in print across the U.S. and around the world. His popular relationship column, FantasyMan Island, appeared weekly on PlanetOut.com from 1997-2005. His first book, "Colonnade: A Life In Columns" juxtaposes his first two years in NYC in 2001 and 2002 with his PlanetOut column culminating in the eventual launch of his radio show.

His latest work ("When Nightlife Falls") is a memoir detailing some of his experiences behind the scenes of his popular radio show, traveling around the country, and the men he meets along the way.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KCinDC76 on November 19, 2011
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I first became familiar with Derek through his national radio show. After listening for several years, it became obvious that he is a very smart and well-spoken man. I needed a book to read during my commute, and it turned out this was the perfect book for that; the chapters are short and generally independent on one another, so its easy to read in chunks. The book was defintely entertaining. But, what I wasn't ready for - even though, like I said I suspected it from listening to Derek - was the great advice and insight he has. My favorite story was his analogy about taking a taxi versus owning a car. You have to read the book to find out more! Anyways, I loved this book so much I bought on my Kindle When Nightlife Fallsand will post a review of that as soon as I'm done reading it. But so far, it just as good (maybe better?) than this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Meyer on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Not a big book reader because once I am bored, I find it hard to keep interest. However, purchased this book when I was visiting in Kauai. A few days poolside with a good book really added a lot to the trip. Was interesting go back and forth between Derek's past experiences in NYC & the Midwest and his current views. Needless to say, other people at the pool probably wondered why I was laughing! Going back to Maui in January and saving his newest release for that trip.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Nall on December 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
After many months of hype on the Derek and Romaine Sirius show, I couldn't wait to get my copy of this book; after all, I'm all about assisting gay artists. Unfortunately, this book is simply a series of very short articles written 8-9 years ago. If you were a fan of Derek's back when he was writing these columns for a web site, this compilation may be a bit fun for you for a couple of articles before becoming tedious. However, if you were not following the articles on the web, you'll find this book very boring from the beginning.
If you're a fan of reading about someone who has no morals on who and how many men he sleeps with, this is a book you've undoubtedly heard about, but sorry to burst your bubble, there are NO details whatsoever. Spend your money on Romaine's book and the books about the life and death of Matthew Shepard - books that actually further the cause and educate the public. Sorry, Derek. Still a fan, but not of your "book".
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By Pua C. on April 10, 2013
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This book is a charming little gem with short stories that easily hold one's interest. i have been reading a quick chapter each day with morning coffee and look forward to it and accepted amazon's invitation to review it this morning while I am about 135 pages in. Derek is a very good story teller with a great sense of timing. He also provides interesting biographical information and compelling surprises, such as his experience living and working in Manhattan on 9-11. Fortunately most of Derek's experiences told here are the light and humorous kind. This would be a great choice for a light vacation read (airplane, beach, pool) or early morning daily companion as I have been using it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Cunningham on December 10, 2009
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Derek Hartley has written a very personal and entertaining book about his years in New York 1999-2002. Those of us who listen to Derek and Romaine daily on Sirius OutQ radio have enjoyed hearing Derek talk about his life on the show. Derek's book takes us to the next level, with a more personal look at his life in New York with a very interesting group of friends who all have a story to tell. The format, a combination of actual articles written at the time combined with current perspective commentary, really works and makes for a great read. Gay or not, you'll enjoy this book.
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