Apr. 8th, 2013

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes (Elmira, New York, September 17, 1884 – New York City, April 8, 1920) was an American composer for piano, chamber ensembles and for voice.

After early studies on piano and organ in his home town, he went to Berlin for four years to study composition with Engelbert Humperdinck and piano with Ernst Jedliczka at the Stern conservatory. On returning to the U.S. in 1907 he began teaching at the Hackley School for boys in Tarrytown, New York, a post which he held until his early death 13 years later.

Griffes is the most famous American representative of musical Impressionism. He was fascinated by the exotic, mysterious sound of the French Impressionists, and was compositionally much influenced by them while he was in Europe. He also studied the work of contemporary Russian composers (for example Scriabin), whose influence is also apparent in his work, for example in his use of synthetic scales.

His most famous works are the White Peacock, for piano (1915, orchestrated in 1919); his Piano Sonata (1917–18, revised 1919); a tone poem, The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, after the fragment by Coleridge (1912, revised in 1916), and Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918). He also wrote numerous programmatic pieces for piano, chamber ensembles, and for voice. The amount and quality of his music is impressive considering his short life and his full-time teaching job, and much of his music is still performed. His unpublished Sho-jo (1917), a one-act pantomimic drama based on Japanese themes, is one of the earliest works by an American composer to show direct inspiration from the music of Japan.

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

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Laura Nyro (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved considerable critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock and soul.

Between 1968 and 1970 a number of artists had significant hits with her songs: The 5th Dimension with "Blowing Away", "Wedding Bell Blues", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Sweet Blindness", "Save The Country" and "Black Patch"; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul & Mary with "And When I Die"; Three Dog Night and Maynard Ferguson with "Eli's Coming"; and Streisand with "Stoney End", "Time and Love", and "Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)". Nyro's best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof."

On December 7, 2011, it was announced that Laura Nyro would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 14, 2012 induction ceremony.

Nyro was born Laura Nigro in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Gilda Mirsky Nigro, a bookkeeper, and Louis Nigro, a piano tuner and jazz trumpeter. Laura has a brother, Jan Nigro. Laura was of Russian Jewish and Italian ancestry. As a child, she taught herself piano, read poetry, and listened to her mother's records by Leontyne Price, Billie Holiday and classical composers such as Ravel and Debussy. She composed her first songs at the age of eight. With her family, she spent summers in the Catskill Mountains, where her father played the trumpet at resorts. She credited the Sunday school at the New York Society for Ethical Culture with providing the basis of her education; she also attended Manhattan's High School of Music and Art.

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

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The French aristocrat Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin, wrote and circulated in manuscript sophisticated and witty poems that celebrated sodomy, especially with male partners.

Saint-Pavin was born to Marie du Mesnil and Jacques II Sanguin, Lord of Livry, who served three terms as Prévot des marchands (mayor) of Paris (1606-1612). The Sanguins served both King and Church in many illustrious capacities and were related by marriage to such powerful families as the Séguier and de Thou.

During Saint-Pavin's years at the Jesuit College La Flèche, he met René Descartes and Jacques La Vallée Des Barreaux, the latter of whom would become Théophile de Viau's lover and, subsequently, Saint-Pavin's. Shortly after leaving La Flèche, Saint-Pavin acquired the first of a series of religious benefices as commendatory abbot.

He also took his place among the generation of 1620, as Antoine Adam called the group of young aristocrats and poets gathered around Théophile de Viau in Paris. Théophile, reflecting the libertine, Epicurean thinking of the Italian philosopher Giulio Vanini, stated "We should follow Nature's dictates; her Empire is pleasant and her laws are not strict." This notion informs many of Saint-Pavin's poems as well.

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Citation Information
Author: Collins-Clark, Kathleen
Entry Title: Saint-Pavin, Denis Sanguin de
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated January 2, 2003
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/saintpavin_ds.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date April 8, 2012
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Jack Damlos, senior production manager for annual events at Macy's, died on April 7, 1993, at his home in Manhattan. He was 44.

His family said the cause was complications from AIDS-related pneumonia.

Mr. Damlos joined Macy's in 1983 and was involved in the production of the Thanksgiving Day parade, Fourth of July fireworks and Christmas events until his death.

He graduated from Georgetown University in 1970 and moved to New York, where he appeared in several off-Broadway productions and did radio and television commercials. He was road manager for the national touring company of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1974 to 1976.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/08/obituaries/jack-damlos-production-manager-44.html

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I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: Susan

Today author is Jordan Castillo Price: Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price is the owner of JCP Books LLC. She writes paranormal, horror and thriller novels from her isolated and occasionally creepy home in rural Wisconsin. Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made...one client at a time.
Website: http://psycop.com
Most recent title: Turbulence Collection

Turbulence Collection by Jordan Castillo Price
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: JCP Books (February 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935540599
ISBN-13: 978-1935540595
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The foundation of superstition is ignorance. First Officer Paul Cronin has no use for magical thinking-he's a logical guy, a skeptic who only believes what he can see. When a new assignment on Flight 511 takes him directly through the legendary Bermuda Triangle, he's not concerned about losing his aircraft to supernatural forces. He's busy trying to hook up with handsome flight attendant Dallas. Dallas seems eager to oblige at the airport, but his ardor cools quickly when he finds out he and Paul are now on the same crew. Then the turbulence hits, and Paul soon discovers there's more to the Bermuda Triangle than made-for-TV movies. While trying to decipher his cryptic predecessor's notes and guide Flight 511 around the Triangle phenomenon, Paul attempts to piece together a relationship with Dallas. It seems that forces-both paranormal and mundane-are stacked against them. Can Paul navigate a successful course through the turbulence while he finds a way into Dallas' heart? Turbulence Collection contains the following novelettes: Into the Bermuda Triangle, Autopilot Engaged, Red-Eye Dawn, Connecting Flight, Black Box, Flying Blind, Radio Silence, and Final Boarding.
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José De Vega, Jr. (4 January 1934, San Diego, Calif. - 8 April 1990, Westwood, Calif., age 56) was an Actor, dancer and choreographer. He was committed to eliminating ethnic stereotypes from the popular media.

He made his New York debut in 1957 when he landed the role of "Chino" on Broadway in West Side Story; a role he would reprise in the 1961 film version. Subsequently, he performed in several films (Blue Hawaii, The Spiral Road, and A Covenant with Death) and spent four years with the Modern Dance Company of Rome (Danza Contemporania Di Roma).

In 1981, De Vega returned to America and began to choreograph for Great Leap, an Asian-American arts organization based in Santa Monica, Calif., to promote Asian-American recognition in film. (De Vega's father was Filipino and his mother Colombian.) He spent the last nine years of his life with this organization.

De Vega's final film work consisted of choreographing the major dance scene for Karate Kid II (1989). He died of AIDS-related causes.


José De Vega (right). Photo: courtesy Isabel Gorre

Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/devega.html

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The influential novelist Gerard Reve was a pioneer in European gay writing and in the liberalization of attitudes toward homosexuality in The Netherlands.

Gerard Kornelis van het Reve was born on December 14, 1923, in Amsterdam and attended school there at the Vossius-gymnasium. During the war years, Reve studied graphic design, and from 1945 to 1947, was a reporter for the national daily newspaper Het Parool.

His first novel, De avonden (The Evenings, 1947) met with critical acclaim and was awarded the Reina Prinsen Geerligs Prize, granted annually to the best young writer in The Netherlands. Considered now to be a classic of modern Dutch literature, the novel initially met with much controversy, fueled in part by its frank depiction of the aimless life of its main character.

Reve was embroiled in more controversy when references to masturbation in an early novella were considered pornographic by the Minister of State who ruled against providing Reve with a travel stipend. Reve publicly announced his intention to emigrate to England in protest, and he spent a number of years there working as a hospital attendant, reading the Bible, studying drama, and writing plays.

When his first publication in English, The Acrobat and Other Stories (1956), was a financial failure, Reve returned to The Netherlands to work as an editor and writer for the literary periodical Tirade.

Reve received wide acclaim when he single-handedly broke a post-war taboo against openly treating homosexuality in Dutch literature with two publications, each a cross between letter writing and fiction: Op Weg naar het Einde (Approaching the End, 1963) and Nader tot U (Nearer to Thee, 1966).

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Citation Information
Author: Wood, Robert
Entry Title: Reve, Gerard
General Editor: Claude J. Summers
Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
Publication Date: 2002
Date Last Updated January 2, 2003
Web Address www.glbtq.com/literature/reve_g.html
Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
Today's Date April 8, 2013
Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.
Entry Copyright © 1995, 2002 New England Publishing Associates

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Can You Feel What I'm Saying?: An Erotic Anthology by James Earl Hardy
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: I A J Books (November 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0967832829
ISBN-13: 978-0967832821
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The first short story collection from James Earl Hardy, the acclaimed author of the best-selling B-Boy Blues series! Whether it's the maintenance man making a much needed house call ("Booty, By Jake"), a 40-year-old "born again" virgin falling in lust with his 20-year-old former student ("How Stanley Got His Back in Groove"), a porn star trying to stay aroused—and awake—while filming his final movie ("The Last Picture. Show."), or a blind man proving that sight isn't a prerequisite for bringing another pleasure ("Can You Feel What I'm Saying?"), Hardy serves up seven scandalous tales, imbued with his trademark mix of passion and politics, that are guaranteed to turn you on—and off.
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Collared Souls (Sentries) by Elizabeth Noble
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 3, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623805155
ISBN-13: 978-1623805159
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Sequel to Chained Hearts

Sentries: Book Four

Freedom is within reach for Todd and Nick Ruger, but their dreams of Elk's Ridge are dashed by Vice-Chancellor Raleigh's troops. With his mate imprisoned, Nick searches for help and finds an unlikely and unexpected ally. But Todd's release leaves them once again in debt to Chancellor Clarke.

Their mission sends them to the small village of Eldrid in search of a historic record of owners and slaves with unique abilities. Eldrid holds even more secrets from the past-including the origins of sentries-as well as conspiracies of the present that are set to launch a new battle that will turn lover helplessly against lover. Though Todd and Nick know the realities of war are hard lessons, it will be a fight to draw on the strengths of their bond, survive, and learn to forgive.
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Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623800080
ISBN-13: 978-1623800086
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Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming-especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton's partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don't qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna's tired life-and so does Ken's neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.

For two years Patrick hasn't been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he's watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him-a life he isn't sure he can have.

Ken doesn't realize he's fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there's nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken's heart is set on a new beginning-with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick's silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
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An Ignited Passion (Assassin/Shifter) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480000108
ISBN-13: 978-1480000100
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Preston Dalton knows who is mate is. At thirteen he met the wolf who would eventually become his. The problem? His mate was only seven. Eleven long years have passed and Preston is finally going to tell his mate who he is. Imagine his surprise when he finds Wyatt Quinton in the arms of another man. Wyatt Quinton knows he has a mate. They met when he was seven; he’s sure of it. But his family – wanting him to grow up before worrying about a mate – finally convinces him that he just imagined the whole thing. So Wyatt takes a chance at love, dating the beautiful and available Sebastian Price. When one of Sebastian’s bad ideas lands Wyatt in hot water, he's given community service at the Seattle Fire Department where hard-nosed boss Preston Dalton seems to be out to get him. Wyatt can’t stand him - but something about the tall, blond-haired, brown-eyed man has Wyatt fighting an internal fire. When he develops feelings for Preston, he’s beyond confused. Werewolves get one mate for life - so why does he want Preston Dalton when he’s sure he has a mate somewhere? Secrets and betrayals of trust complicate everything. Can Wyatt and Preston come together as they were meant to be? Or will a broken trust and deception keep them apart forever?

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