Jan. 18th, 2014

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There were three main characters on this story, Johnny, Frankie and the setting, the excellence of all three of them making this a must for the historical romance lovers; and in this case, I would like to highlight the “romance” in the historical romance tag, cause, on the contrary of other novels, in which the excellent setting steals the scene to the love story between the main characters, in this case both strength are preserved.

I enjoyed both characterization of Johnny and Frankie, they were really at the opposite: first, the origins, France and Germany are geographically near, but totally far from each other in attitude, and Creole-French Frankie is sensual and sexy, and unabashed in his preferences, where Germanic-roots Johnny is reserved, self-flagellating himself for his “perverse” needs; moreover Frankie is embracing his heritage, floundering it with its luxurious joy of life and colorful attitude, he is like a rich brocade of a deep burgundy, while instead Johnny is trying to hide it, misguiding people to believe him to be a 100% WASP, giving me the idea of a brown cotton cloth.

While the Civil War time was an important element of the story, I have to say that I enjoyed it wasn’t as predominant as I feared, I’m not really into war novels (too much drama, too often a loss of young lives). More than 1/3 of the story is focused on Frankie and Johnny, before their involvement on different war fronts, so that, when it happens, I had the feeling these men had to find a way to stay together, for how much impossible it could appear.

There was quite the component of sex, so much that, sometime, especially at first, when the romance between Johnny and Frankie wasn’t already in place, it was almost to a level of erotica. I’m sure this was part of the character of Frankie, and also a way to not only prove how different he was from repressed Johnny, but also how far he will go at the end of the story, thanks to the love he has found.

Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623806372
ISBN-13: 978-1623806378
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Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (Ludwig Viktor Joseph Anton; 15 May 1842 – 18 January 1919) from the House of Habsburg was the youngest son born to Archduke Franz Karl of Austria and Princess Sophie of Bavaria and younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Despite his mother's attempts to arrange a marriage for him with Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, youngest sister of Empress Elisabeth, he remained a bachelor all his life. As a result of his very public homosexuality and transvestitism, culminating in a brawl at the Central Bathhouse Vienna, his brother Emperor Franz Joseph finally forbade him to stay in Vienna. The same emperor joked that he should be given a ballerina as adjutant to keep him out of trouble. (P: Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, nicknamed "Luziwuzi" youngest brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Photo made around 1870)

He was born in Vienna shortly after his sister Archduchess Maria Anna had died at four years of age, followed by a stillborn brother. His elder siblings included Emperor Franz Joseph, Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and Archduke Karl Ludwig.

During the Revolutions of 1848 and the Vienna Uprising, pampered "Luziwuzi" with his royal family had to flee the Austrian capital, at first to Innsbruck, later to Olomouc. Ludwig Viktor pursued the usual military career and was appointed General of the Infantry, but had no intentions to interfere in politics. He rejected his brother Maximilian's ambitions in the Second Mexican Empire and especially plans to marry him to Princess Imperial Isabel, daughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil. Instead he concentrated on building up his own art collection and had a city palace erected on Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna according to plans designed by Heinrich von Ferstel, where he hosted homophile soirées.

Ludwig Viktor retired to Klessheim Palace near Salzburg where he became known as a philanthropist and patron of the arts. He died in 1919, at the age of 76, and is buried at the Siezenheim cemetery.


@Ludwig Angerer (1827–1879). Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia and Hungary with his brothers: From L to R: Archduke Karl Ludwig, Emperor Franz Joseph (sitting), Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian (later Emperor of Mexico), Archduke Ludwig Viktor, 1863

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Ludwig_Viktor_of_Austria

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A familiar face for winning So You Think You Can Dance, Benji Schwimmer put a new spin on coming out by discussing his sexuality in the context of his Mormon faith — and he took five hours to do it.

Benjamin "Benji" Daniel Schwimmer (born on January 18, 1984) is an American professional dancer, choreographer and actor. On August 16, 2006 he was crowned "America's Favorite Dancer", as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and has choreographed for both the U.S. and the international versions of the show. Benji artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. He co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies.

Benji is known for his versatility in mixing the arts of solo dance and partnering. He works for the non-profit group, Dancers Everywhere Making a Needed Difference (D.E.M.A.N.D). Benji is the songwriter, producer, and vocalist for pop-rock band The Weekend Forecast, who are signed with Executive Music Group.

Benji was born on January 18, 1984 in Newport Beach, California, and grew up in a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) household in Moreno Valley, California. He is the son of choreographer and West Coast Swing dancer Buddy Schwimmer. His mother, Laurie Schwimmer, and sister, Lacey Schwimmer, are also west-coast swing dancers.

He started competing when he was five years old. Some of his early experiences included singing and dancing in "Sunshine Magic", a children's troupe, that was later renamed "Newport Beach Showtime." His aunt, Vicki Groskreutz, was the choreographer, and he and cousin Heidi regularly showcased their swing talents at various shopping malls, theme parks, and fairs. He attended Landmark Middle school in Moreno Valley, in his eighth grade year the head of the televised morning announcements. He attended high school in both Moreno Valley (Valley View) and Redlands but then transferred to independent study because of his pursuit of dance. He finished his studies early, and then taught dance for one semester at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.

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

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Charles Bruce Chatwin (13 May 1940 – 18 January 1989) was an English novelist and travel writer. He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill (1982). Married and bisexual, he was one of the first prominent men in Britain known to have contracted HIV and died of AIDS, although he hid the facts of his illness.

Bruce Chatwin was born in 1940 in the Shearwood Road nursing home in Sheffield, England, and his first home was his grandparents' house in Dronfield, near Sheffield. His mother, Margharita (née Turnell), had moved back to her parents' home when Chatwin's father, Charles Chatwin, went away to serve with the Royal Naval Reserve. They had been living at Barnt Green, Worcestershire.

Chatwin spent his early childhood living with his parents in West Heath in Birmingham (then in Warwickshire), where his father had a law practice. He was educated at Marlborough College, in Wiltshire.

After leaving Marlborough in 1958, Chatwin reluctantly moved to London to work as a porter in the Works of Art department at the auction house Sotheby's. Thanks to his sharp visual acuity, he quickly became Sotheby's expert on Impressionist art. He later became a director of the company.

In late 1964 he began to suffer from problems with his sight, which he attributed to the close analysis of artwork entailed by his job. He consulted eye specialist Patrick Trevor-Roper, who diagnosed a latent squint and recommended that Chatwin take a six-month break from his work at Sotheby's. Trevor-Roper had been involved in the design of an eye hospital in Addis Ababa, and suggested Chatwin visit east Africa. In February 1965, Chatwin left for the Sudan. On his return, Chatwin quickly became disenchanted with the art world, and turned his interest to archaeology. He resigned from his Sotheby's post in the early summer of 1966.

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

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Frankie Knuckles (born January 18, 1955, New York) is an American DJ, record producer and remix artist. He played an important role in developing house music (an electronic, disco-influenced dance music) as a Chicago DJ in the 1980s and he helped to popularize house music in the 1990s, with his work as a producer and remixer. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ.

Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as "The Godfather of House Music".

While studying textile design at FIT in Manhattan, Knuckles began working as a DJ, playing soul, disco and R&B at The Continental Baths with fellow DJ Larry Levan. When he became better known, he DJed at the club Better Days. When the Warehouse club opened in Chicago in 1977, he was invited to play on a regular basis. He continued DJing there until 1982, when he started his own club, The Power Plant.

It is possible that the term 'house music' surfaced in reference to the sounds played at the Warehouse by Knuckles. Initially it was a catch-all term to describe the wide range of music being played at the Warehouse. It soon became the word used to define the raw, drum machine based edits and tracks that Knuckles was playing in the early 1980s. Knuckles bought his first drum machine from a young Derrick May who regularly made the trip from Detroit to see Knuckles at the Warehouse, and Ron Hardy at the Music Box.

Knuckles also had a musical partnership with Jamie Principle, and helped put "Your Love" and "Baby Wants to Ride" out on vinyl after these tunes had been regulars on his reel-to-reel player at the Warehouse for a year.

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

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Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960) was an American blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance.

Bentley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of American George L. Bentley and his wife, a Trinidadian, Mary Mote. She appeared at Harry Hansberry's "Clam House" on 133rd Street, one of New York City's most notorious gay speakeasies, in the 1920s, and headlined in the early thirties at Harlem's Ubangi Club, where she was backed up by a chorus line of drag queens. She dressed in men's clothes (including a signature tuxedo and top hat), played piano, and sang her own raunchy lyrics to popular tunes of the day in a deep, growling voice while flirting outrageously with women in the audience.

On the decline of the Harlem speakeasies with the repeal of Prohibition, she relocated to southern California, where she was billed as "America's Greatest Sepia Piano Player", and the "Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Songs". She was frequently harassed for wearing men's clothing. She claimed that she had married a white woman in Atlantic City.

Bentley was openly lesbian during her early career, but during the McCarthy Era, she started wearing dresses, married a man (who later denied that they ever married), and studied to be a minister, claiming to have been "cured" by taking female hormones. She died, aged 52, from pneumonia in 1960.

Fictional characters based on Bentley appeared in Carl Van Vechten's Parties, Clement Woods's Deep River, and Blair Niles's Strange Brother. She recorded for the OKeh, Victor, Excelsior, and Flame labels.



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

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James Michael "Jim" Burgess (1953–1993) was a disco record producer and New York DJ of the 1970s, and was variously referred to as "one of the hottest DJ's and Remixers of the Disco era"

He remixed and produced numerous disco versions of popular songs, with a number of them being million sellers. His most successful and best known production was Alicia Bridges' I Love the Nightlife, which has become a "Disco standard". First released in 1978, it went to number five on the Billboard charts, and was given a new lease of life with its use in the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Other extremely successful productions include: Rod Stewart's Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, The Doobie Brothers' What a Fool Believes (12" disco remix version) and Madleen Kane's Fire In My Heart and Secret Love Affair

He was also a popular DJ at many New York clubs (e.g. The Saint) and was "one of the most influential remixers for the disco era".

Burgess was born on July 21, 1953 in Okeechobee, Florida. He trained as a classical tenor and opera singer, and had "an amazing ear". He started as a DJ in Florida in the early-mid 1970s and then "moved on to Limelight, a gay club in Atlanta" where he was "discovered" by Tony Martino and Alan Harris, the owners of the New York club 12 West.

He moved to New York where he played at "all the hottest clubs like 12 West, Infinity, the Saint, Underground, Studio 54, Paradise Garage, as well as playing the Ice Palace in Fire Island".

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Burgess_(producer)

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Maulik Navin Pancholy (born January 18, 1974) is an American actor known for his recurring role as Sanjay on Weeds, his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock, voice acting as Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, and as Neal during the first season of Whitney. He currently voices Sanjay Patel in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years. On January 13, 2014, he used Twitter to announce his engagement to partner Ryan Corvaia. 'It only took 9 years, but it's official,' Pancholy tweeted. 'Just got engaged at the Taj Mahal to Ryan Corvaia! Yes!'

Pancholy is of Indian heritage. He attended the Yale School of Drama,[2] and is a 1991 graduate of Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. He went on to major in Theatre at Northwestern University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1995.

Pancholy's television work includes guest roles on Tracey Takes On..., The Sopranos, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Comeback.[2] He also has several stage acting credits in New York City including the Culture Project's production of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom in 2004, a workshop of the play Morbidity & Mortality at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in 2005, and the lead role in India Awaiting at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.


Maulik Pancholy is a actor known for his recurring role as Sanjay on Weeds, his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock, voice acting as Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, and as Neal during the first season of Whitney. He currently voices Sanjay Patel in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, Ryan Corvaia. On January 13, 2014 he got engaged at the Taj Mahal.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maulik_Pancholy

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Philip Dwayne Labhart was the owner of Labhart Production Group, a commercial production and editing facility in West Los Angeles. He died on January 18, 1994, in Los Angeles of an AIDS-related disease. He was 38.

Labhart, a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, began his broadcast career at D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles Advertising in L.A. in 1980.

As an executive producer and editor there, he worked on numerous commercial campaigns, including Denny's, Sea World, Van De Kamps and Security Pacific Bank. He won a Bronze Lion at the Cannes Film Festival, Gold and Silver Medals at the New York Intl. Film Festival and several Belding Awards.

Labhart left DMB&B and formed Labhart Production Group in 1989. In addition to his production work, he produced the West Coast premiere of "Eastern Standard" at the Coast Playhouse and he directed and co-produced "Flesh and Blood" at the Hudson Theater in 1993.

He is survived by his companion, Richard Waterhouse.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR117828/?refcatid=25&printerfriendly=true

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Stephan A. Love was the founder of the Next Generation Dance Theater for inner-city youths. He died on January 18, 1993. He was 38 and lived in Philadelphia. (Photo: Sandra Aldridge)

He died of AIDS, The Associated Press reported.

Mr. Love founded Next Generation in 1985 when he was a staff instructor at the Jazz Dance Center in Philadelphia. The troupe, whose dancers are 10 to 17 years old, has performed at schools in the Philadelphia area, at charitable and civic functions and at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

He is survived by his companion, Terrence Connell. Terry Connell lives in the Boston area still following the random, logical rhythms of his life. For now, this includes being an acupuncturist, a yoga teacher, and writer. He’s an avid reader, runner and a student of life who knows better than to assume anything, yet continues to hope for the best. "I found my freedom, and my own sense of self when I met my partner, Stephan in the late 80s when big hair and shoulder pads were fashionable and Madonna was just beginning her rise to fame. Less than five years later, Stephan died from AIDS complications, in 1993.

It's been almost 20 years since AIDS changed my world, and I am now living in Boston, working as an acupuncturist and yoga instructor. I wrote and published "Slaves to the Rhythm" in November of 2010, in response to the family tree my father sent to our family, where there is no mention of Stephan. "Slaves" follows these two very different, yet inextricably connected parts of my life; my repressed childhood and early 20s, and my last year with Stephan.

I have had an extraordinary life, met some amazing people, and been fortunate enough experience enough love, laughter, death - and life - than most. As I near my 50th birthday, I am left with a renewed sense of awe and wonder and what I've experienced so far, and feel the familiar undertow of curiosity for a future that calls to me with a knowing grin."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/21/obituaries/stephan-a-love-dance-troupe-founder-38.html

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Jesse Green is the author of The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood (Villard/Random House: 1999). He is a much-anthologized, award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine; he has written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York, Premiere, GQ, Philadelphia, Mirabella, and Out.

His novel, O Beautiful, was called "one of the best first novels of the year" by Entertainment Weekly in 1992 and was reissued by Ballantine in 2000. He is also the creator, with the novelist Meg Wolitzer, of the Mind Games puzzle column, which appears bimonthly in the magazine Civilization. He lives in New York City.

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The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood by Jesse Green
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (May 2, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345437098
ISBN-13: 978-0345437099
Amazon: The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood

Being a parent was not a high priority--or even much of a likelihood--for acclaimed journalist and novelist Jesse Green. Yet when Green, at the age of thirty-seven, fell in love with a man who had recently adopted a baby boy, fatherhood suddenly fell into his lap. Now in this warm, humorous, deeply personal book, Green recounts the unexpected journey he and his partner traveled together on the road to parenthood.

In becoming the father--or rather one of the fathers--of Erez, Green faced challenges familiar to all parents, from the first bath to the first tooth, along with a host of dilemmas unique to his situation. As Green discovered, even in blasé New York City, reactions to his unconventional family ranged from the funny to the frightening, the unaccepting to the all-embracing. The Velveteen Father is a moving record of the transformative effects parenthood can have on people who least expect to become parents-- and of how we are repeatedly made anew by the love of children who need us.

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Maulik Pancholy & Ryan Corvaia: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140847.html

Maulik Pancholy is a actor known for his recurring role as Sanjay on Weeds, his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock, voice acting as Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, and as Neal during the first season of Whitney. He currently voices Sanjay Patel in the Nickelodeon animated series Sanjay and Craig. Pancholy came out as gay in a November 2013 interview with Out magazine in which he discussed his partner of nine years, Ryan Corvaia. On January 13, 2014 he got engaged at the Taj Mahal.

Adolf von Hildebrand & Hans von Marées: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140093.html

Hans von Marees (24 December 1837, Dessau - 5 June 1887) was a German painter. He mainly painted country scenes in a realistic style. Marees' lifelong companion was art theorist and critic Konrad Fiedler (1841-1895), who, in his Kunstwissenschaft, created the theory of pure form, rejecting the concepts of Beauty and Art. But Marees also had an 8 years love affair with sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand (6 October 1847 – 18 January 1921). Von Hildebrand left von Marees to marry and go back to Germany.

Benji Schwimmer (born on January 18, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423072.html

Benji Daniel Schwimmer is a professional dancer, choreographer and actor. On August 16, 2006 he was crowned "America's Favorite Dancer" as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and has choreographed for both the U.S. and the international versions of the show. Benji artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. He co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies. Benji Schwimmer put a new spin on coming out by discussing his sexuality in the context of his Mormon faith.

Betty Berzon & Terry DeCrescenzo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3431952.html

Betty Berzon was an American author and psychotherapist specialized in counseling gay men and lesbian women, as well as same-sex couples. In the 1970s, Berzon met Teresa DeCrescenzo, who would be her partner throughout the rest of her life. Berzon and DeCrescenzo lived together in Los Angeles for 33 years. Berzon died of cancer on January 24, 2006. Surviving Madness unveils the dramatic story of an emergence from mental breakdown and suicide attempts to coming out as a lesbian at age 40.

Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3055251.html

Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer. Married and bisexual, he was one of the first prominent men in Britain known to have contracted HIV and died of AIDS. With his condition deteriorating rapidly, Chatwin and his wife went to live in the South of France at the house belonging to Shirley Conran, the mother of his one-time lover, Jasper Conran. There, during his final months, Chatwin was nursed by both his wife and Shirley Conran. He died in Nice in 1989 at age 48.

Cary Grant & Randolph Scott: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3365995.html

Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. They met in 1932 when they were cast together in Hot Saturday. They lived together for many many years in Los Angeles. Toward the end of their lives, Scott and Grant were often seen together, on one occasion holding hands late at night in the Polo Lounge, alone except for the waiters. Scott died little more than 3 months after Grant.

Cecil Beaton (January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4123780.html

Sir Cecil Beaton was an English fashion and portrait photographer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. The great love of his life was the art collector Peter Watson, although they were never lovers. He had relationships with various men, including former Olympic swordsman Kin Hoitsma. He also had relationships with women, including the actresses Greta Garbo and Coral Browne, the dancer Adele Astaire, and the British socialite Doris Castlerosse.

Evelyn Torton Beck & L. Lee Knefelkamp: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422844.html

Evelyn Torton Beck is best known in the LGBTQ community for her ground-breaking Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology. In 1954, just out of college, she married Anatole Beck with whom she had two children, Nina Rachel Beck and Micah Daniel Beck. At the age of 40 she came out as a lesbian. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her life partner, L. Lee Knefelkamp, who is also an LGBTQ activist in the field of higher education. Beck and Knefelkamp married in Vermont as soon as it was possible.

Frankie Knuckles (born January 18, 1955): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422559.html

Frankie Knuckles is an American DJ, record producer and remix artist. He played an important role in developing house music (an electronic, disco-influenced dance music) as a Chicago DJ in the 1980s and he helped to popularize house music in the 1990s, with his work as a producer and remixer. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a DJ. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as "The Godfather of House Music".

Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3422344.html

Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960) was a blues singer during the Harlem Renaissance. Bentley was openly lesbian during her early career, but during the McCarthy Era, she started wearing dresses, married a man (who later denied that they ever married), and studied to be a minister, claiming to have been "cured" by taking female hormones. Fictional characters based on Bentley appeared in Carl Van Vechten's Parties, Clement Woods's Deep River, and Blair Niles's Strange Brother.

Jesse Green: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141667.html

Jesse Green is the author of The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood. He is a much-anthologized, award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine; he has written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, New York, Premiere, GQ, Philadelphia, Mirabella, and Out. His novel, O Beautiful, was called "one of the best first novels of the year" by Entertainment Weekly in 1992 and was reissued by Ballantine in 2000. He lives in New York City.

Jim Burgess (July 21, 1953 - January 18, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423251.html

James Michael "Jim" Burgess was a disco record producer and New York DJ of the 1970s, and was variously referred to as "one of the hottest DJ's and Remixers of the Disco era." Burgess chose to end his career at age 28 with a farewell party at the Saint on 31 January 1981. During the party, he famously walked out at the peak of the night and let the record run out. Nevertheless, he still did subsequent infrequent gigs in New York, and started playing regularly at the Saint again in 1986.

Leonor Fini, Stanislao Lepri & Konstanty Jeleński: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140797.html

Leonor Fini was a surrealist painter. She met Count Stanislao Lepri, who abandoned his diplomatic career shortly after meeting Fini and lived with her thereafter. She met the Polish writer Konstanty Jeleński, known as Kot in Paris right after the war. She was delighted to discover that he was the illegitimate half-brother of Sforzino Sforza, who had been one of her most favorite lovers. Kot joined Fini and Lepri in their Paris apartment in 1952 and they remained inseparable until their deaths.

Lewis DeSimone (born January 18): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141419.html

A native Bostonian, Lewis DeSimone majored in English at Harvard and earned an M.A. in creative writing at the University of California, Davis. He currently lives in San Francisco, which he believes is as close to paradise as the Lower 48 can get. His debut novel, Chemistry, is a love story about the ineffable qualities that draw people together and sometimes force them apart. The Heart’s History won a 2012 Rainbow Awards as Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction, 3rd place.

Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (May 15, 1842 – January 18, 1919): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4140331.html

Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria from the House of Habsburg was the younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. Despite his mother's attempts to arrange a marriage for him with Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, youngest sister of Empress Elisabeth, he remained a bachelor all his life. As a result of his very public homosexuality and transvestitism, culminating in a brawl at the Central Bathhouse Vienna, his brother Emperor Franz Joseph finally forbade him to stay in Vienna.

Philip Dwayne Labhart (1956 - January 18, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423939.html

Philip Dwayne Labhart was the owner of Labhart Production Group, a commercial production and editing facility in West Los Angeles. He died on January 18, 1994, in Los Angeles of an AIDS-related disease. He was 38. He is survived by his companion, Richard Waterhouse. In addition to his production work, he produced the West Coast premiere of "Eastern Standard" at the Coast Playhouse and he directed and co-produced "Flesh and Blood" at the Hudson Theater in 1993.

Stephan A. Love (1955 - January 18, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3423525.html

Stephan A. Love was the founder of the Next Generation Dance Theater for inner-city youths. He died on January 18, 1993. He was 38 and lived in Philadelphia. He is survived by his companion, Terrence Connell. "I found my freedom, and my own sense of self when I met my partner, Stephan in the late 80s when big hair and shoulder pads were fashionable and Madonna was just beginning her rise to fame. Less than five years later, Stephan died from AIDS complications, in 1993."

Wynn Wagner & Rick Wagner: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4141138.html

Wynn Wagner and his husband, Rick Wagner, were married in Washington DC, after shacking up since the 1990s. Wynn announced that he was taking Rick’s last name. They were also married in the Old Catholic Church. Years ago, he was a programmer who helped write the tax software used by some of the world’s largest corporations. He also wrote Opus-CBCS, a computer bulletin board system that was wildly popular in the 1980s. Opus generated millions of dollars for HIV and AIDS.
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Sometime you need something with no emotional involvement, meaning no angst, no drama, something funny and cute, and so, even if I have tons of books I need to read, yesterday night I browsed the kindle ebooks and picked this one: a rabbit shifter mated with a dragon? Well, it had to be funny! And what promised, it delivered. But actually, considering I’m not new to a Stormy Glenn’s comedy, I have to say I noticed a huge improvement, while preserving her distinctive touch of cute bottom boys, this time Beauregard “Bunny” is not really over the top; he has his quirks, he likes shiny things, and yes, truth be told, he is maybe a little bit naïve, he doesn’t really question life or events, but he is cute, and sweet, and that is his strength and the reason why he really conquers Sebastian, without really trying.

A point I notice about this Midnight Matings “universe”, and considering this is the only book I read, I’m not sure if it’s only this book or the whole series, is that there is no “gender”, meaning that, Beauregard or Sebastian aren’t gay, straight, bisexual or else, they simply do not consider gender at all, so much that, when newborns are in the story, not one questions if they are boys or girls, they are simply babies, to be cherished and loved.

Series: Midnight Matings
Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (July 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610348087
ISBN-13: 978-1610348089
Amazon: Scales and a Tail [Midnight Matings]
Amazon Kindle: Scales and a Tail [Midnight Matings]

Series: Midnight Matings
1) Squeak And A Roar by Joyee Flynn
2) Scales And A Tail by Stormy Glenn

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A solid good mystery plot with just that touch of romance to make it enjoyable for a wider public. An unusual time set, the early 1950s, at the aftermath of a famous was, WWII, but also a not so “famous” one, the Korean War: usually you are used to the loss of young souls that was the WWI or the drama of the WWII, or the tragedy of Vietnam, but the Korean War? That is more for who really was there or knew someone who was there. People don’t talk about it much. Here the setting is outstanding, the feeling is that or the author did a deep research, or he was somehow involved (maybe a relative was there?).

The book is very well written, form the 1st point of view of one of the two main character, Dan. When the story starts he is already in a clandestine relationship with Bud (clandestine not cause they are married to someone else, but since Bud is in the closet, and neither Dan is very much out, homosexuality in 1950s is still a crime, and you can very well lose everything if you are found out). The previous book, It Takes Two, is about how Dan and Bud met, but I didn’t feel I was losing something about this current novel without having read that one.

In a way, the mystery had even some fun element, trying maybe to enlighten the plot, but there is a strong core represented by the political climate, and the dangerous of being gay in those times. The two men know it, and Dan is also not at his first experience, having lost a previous lover. He is now clearly in love with Bud, but that is not a reason to lose perception with the reality they are living in. That is, there aren’t really trouble between Dan and Bud, but the external world is against them.

The romance wasn’t sexy, but it was for sure warm and sweet, despite all. Like many of the real life romances I read about, love was always love, and in a way, finding happiness at that time was so difficult, that once you found it, you grasp and cling and never let it go.

Paperback: 178 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (August 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590212924
ISBN-13: 978-1590212929
Amazon: Only Make Believe
Amazon Kindle: Only Make Believe

Series:
1) It Takes Two
2) Only Make Believe



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