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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555834965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555834968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Michael Thomas Ford garnered lots of laughs in 1998 with Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Other Trials from My Queer Life. The follow-up collection of pieces from his syndicated column, That's Mr. Faggot to You, continues Ford's exploration of contemporary gay life. In the title essay, reports of a teenager who successfully sued his school district for failing to prevent physical and mental abuse by his classmates prompts Ford to recall his own traumatic high school experiences and leads him to recognize that, years later, "he is happier, more successful, and a great deal more attractive" than his classmates. In other essays, he discusses the you-and-me-against-the-world relationship he has with his black Labrador, proposes a new line of Christian-friendly action figures (including a Jonah and the Whale Play Set, "appropriate for bath-time use or fun in the pool"), and even manages, despite his uncertainties, to offer an adolescent nephew dating advice (concluding that "guy problems were guy problems, regardless of who the person creating the dilemma was or how many holes she or he had"). That's Mr. Faggot to You is a humorous slice of contemporary gay life that's bound at least to elicit a smile from any reader.

From Publishers Weekly

Cranky, bemused and extremely funny, Ford (Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me) is brilliant even on potentially mundane topics like high school reunions ("Michael Thomas Ford is very proud to announce that he is still queer... [and] happier, more successful, and a great deal more attractive" than his former schoolmates) and the giving of advice to his 12-year-old nephew about girlfriends (it wasn't so bad, once he mentally substituted Roberto and Jesse for Amber and Megan in the junior-high love triangle). Ford is peeved at a number of people, including Baptists boycotting Ellen, a certain senator from North Carolina and former ACT-UP leaders who now want gay men and women to be "just like everybody else." Ford admits, "I had a vague notion that to be just like everybody else was to no longer exist. But secretly I was glad I could stop wearing my earring." He has love in his heart, too, for Wynonna Judd, for instanceA"Yes, it's true. I want to have big jouncing breasts and masses of thick red hair. I want full, pouty lips that curl up in an Elvis sneer. I want to caress my guitar while thousands of lesbians squeal in delight and wet their cheap vinyl seats as they watch me totter across the stage in tight cowboy boots. I can't help it." He also champions "Dawgs" ("the blue-collar citizens of the canine world") against joggers, picnickers and other obstacles. "I'll tell you what," he says to an overprotective parent. "If he bites her, you can have him shot. And if your little girl bites him, I'll have her shot." Not for the faint-hearted, or fans of Jesse Helms, this collection achieves the feel of a down-and-dirty dish session with a very amusing friend.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. His work for adult readers includes the best-selling novels What We Remember, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It and Last Summer, and his five essay collections in the "Trials of My Queer Life" series. As a writer for young adults he is the author of Suicide Notes and Z (forthcoming in 2010), and under the name Isobel Bird he wrote the popular "Circle of Three" series. In 2009 he signed a 3-book deal with Random House for a series featuring Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire. The first book in the series, Jane Bites Back, will be published in January, 2010. His work has been nominated for 11 Lambda Literary Awards, twice winning for Best Humor Book and twice for Best Romance Novel. He was also nominated for a Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award (for his novel The Dollhouse That Time Forgot) and a Gaylactic Spectrum Award (for his short story "Night of the Werepuss").

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Weitz on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Michael Thomas Ford's sequel to "Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me" is addictive reading. The anecdotes that he presents from his life are beyond merely humorous; they reflect his mature insight and remarkable sense of jaded wit. Mr. Thomas doesn't endeavor to simply bring a smile to your face -- his articulate commentary reflects his point of view on a great variety of subjects that run the gamut from lazy pets to the evolution of what it means to be gay. A must-read. I can only hope that there is more to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
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Ford moves beyond the Dark Curtain that seems to have descended sometime in the late `Eighties and early `Nineties into a joyous celebration of life as it is and always has been among us. He examines the world we live in not through any perceived or special angle but through us as "Beings-in-the-World." Certainly, he makes concessions for our unique perspectives, and, particularly, our fears, but what sentiment comes across more than any in this collection is our realization that we all - gay, straight, whatever - make our own unique way in this world, while at the same time proving that we are all human, that we all share the same laughter, the same disappointments and the same ability to look upon one another with a cynical and still-loving eye. This book is a joy. Read it, laugh, be wry, and weep. Ford is a master of the well-chosen word, and he provides his essays with a geography of irony few can match. The only reason I gave his book a four instead of a five is because in this milieu we cannot afford to even joke about violence towards others, even towards those who are violent towards us. Let's take the high road.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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This is a very funny look at gay life and getting older. It is not just for gay people, everyone will find truths in this book.... like finding all the groups you watched on MTV are suddenly moved to VH1 and you have trouble understanding MTV. Following Mr. Fords lead friends and I play the "I remember when" game and bore the "youngsters" the the room mad! I can't wait for the next book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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I really loved Ford's last book, Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me, so I was afraid his new one wouldn't be as good. Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong. This one is even better. While the pieces are still very personal, many of them are more political and more thought-provoking than the essays in Alec. Ford has taken a big step forward as a writer, and whether he's writing about the Religious Right or his fascination with Wynonna Judd, he does it with a style and intelligence unmatched by anyone else out there. I just hope he's working on a novel next! Better yet, someone needs to get this guy a gig writing for Hollywood.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "knrlrthmlr" on January 7, 2000
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This is one of the best books I have read in a while. The book is structured as a series of (loosely) related essays, which are written with sensitivity, outrage, whimsy and insight. It is an extremely good read. NON-GAY READERS SHOULD NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE TITLE. This book is not a gay-o-rama, though it deals with the subject where appropriate. If you like this, read its brother _Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me_.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JCB VINE VOICE on May 17, 2000
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THAT'S MR. FAGGOT is an essential read for both queer and straight readers. Anyone who can write a book with that name should be given a big kiss. I wasn't disappointed at all. There's something for everyone in this novel: dogs, butches, femmes, cybersex, tennis, toys, and so on and so forth. Ford has a very witty and subtley moralistic way of perceiving and writing about his surroundings. Even though the essays are full of laughs, there's definitely something to be learned from each of them. MR. FAGGOT shows a lighter side of Ford's queer life without completly ignoring the seriousness of it; it proves that we can laugh about our lives, rather than take it too seriously. Without deconstructing it too much, my point is that MR. FAGGOT is a most stimulating read and should be read by everyone, including every Republican right-winger out there...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Waren on February 24, 2002
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Michael Thomas Ford is not only funny but his humoresque take on gay life is so dead on it is frightening how honest and true it is. Highly recommended! You may not agree with everything he says but you'll at least laught for the his honesty and comedic view on gay life. Even though this book is a couple of years old it is still very fresh and funny. Do yousrself a huge favor and read at least one of his "My Queer Life" books, I don't think you'll be disappointed. I certainly wasn't and I doen't give authors five star ratings very easily, unless it is well deserved. I would love to see his mini essays transfered into a one-person stage show. I think it would do very well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jwalzer on November 8, 2001
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After reading, and greatly enjoying, Ford's previous collection of essays, "Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me," I wondered whether subsequent volumes would maintain the same level of quality. "That's Mr. Faggot To You" did not disappoint. Ford comes across as a gay Everyman, gamely confronting the slings and arrows that assault gay men and women in this country on a daily basis. But his caustic wit is leavened with a disarming objectivity, preventing his essays from degenerating into sermons. It's not often that I begin and finish reading a book on the same day, but this was one of those occasions.
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