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My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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In very short, very tender essays, a variety of gay male writers, from poets to playwrights to a standup comic, pay homage to an even wider variety of women who have inspired them. Peter Dubé writes how the photography of Claude Cahun suggested a delirious world of possibilities; Jeff Oaks recalls a childhood of wearing wristbands fashioned from paper cups to emulate his model of power, Wonder Woman; Christopher Lee Nutter looks back on his closeted teenage years and how Sade taught him that there was a world somewhere that suited them better than the world they'd been born into. While a few essays are disappointingly shallow (More than smart and fabulous, Parker Posey is fall-on-the-floor ridiculous), such standout pieces as Mark Doty on Grace Paley are elegant and affectionate tributes to how these muses have been fairy godmothers and older sisters, as Montlack's introduction explains, and illustrate how complex, sustaining and lifelong are the bonds between gay men and their divas. (May)
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"There is something about these larger-than-life stars that represents our yearnings for vindication, in which we see ourselves transcending the difficulties a gay man faces in this world."--Edward Field, on Gloria Swanson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299231208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299231200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone can point to that one famous person in time that inspired them when they were lost, lifted their spirits when they were sad, or gave them the strength to struggle through some hardship or challenge. That's what this book is about; a collection of wonderfully poignant stories about women throughout time who have served as an inspiration, a source of strength, or a guiding light. It's an arrangement of sweet and touching stories that expose the true heart of the authors and reveal the lifeline between the gay man and his diva. I loved it!
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This book is a sweet, amazing, collection of short essays that will make you laugh, cry, and cringe - honesty, love, and bi**cyness galore. It's a GREAT read.
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Great easy to read stories with a lot of situations that could relate to you.
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A diva is by definition someone who is both larger than life and also fully human, something you would never learn from "My Diva," a collection of 65 or so vignettes that all conform to the same depressingly banal narrative. Each writer sketches his mildly confused childhood, then his mandatory coming out scene, and finally his comfort and complacency within the urban gay professional classes. The divas themselves are items of strict utility used at various crisis points along the yellow brick road to mindless luxury consumption and what hack self-help book writers call "self actualization." The contributors' bios are almost as long as their sketches, and the whole package (I use that word pejoratively) reeks of a smugness one finds only when the outsider, and his attachment to ideas (in this case, grand women) of real merit, gets the corner office. This is the kind of book I do not like to have in my home, but it might do as a gift for a gym queen acquaintance you never want to see again.
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