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Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world when, after years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, he returned to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman—Joy Ladin. In Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin takes readers inside her transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self.

    With unsparing honesty and surprising humor, Ladin wrestles with both the practical problems of gender transition and the larger moral, spiritual, and philosophical questions that arise. Ladin recounts her struggle to reconcile the pain of her experience living as the “wrong” gender with the pain of her children in losing the father they love. We eavesdrop on her lifelong conversations with the God whom she sees both as the source of her agony and as her hope for transcending it. We look over her shoulder as she learns to walk and talk as a woman after forty-plus years of walking and talking as a man. We stare with her into the mirror as she asks herself how the new self she is creating will ever become real.

    Ladin’s poignant memoir takes us from the death of living as the man she knew she wasn’t, to the shattering of family and career that accompanied her transition, to the new self, relationships, and love she finds when she opens the door of life.

2012 Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Biography, Autobiography, or Memoir

“Wrenching—and liberating. . . .[it] opens up new ways of looking at gender and the place of LGBT Jews in community.”—Greater Phoenix Jewish News

“Given her high-profile academic position, Ladin’s transition was a major news story in Israel and even internationally. But behind the public story was a private struggle and learning experience, and Ladin pulls no punches in telling that story. She offers a peek into how daunting it was to learn, with little support from others, how to dress as a middle-aged woman, to mu on make-up, to walk and talk like a female. She provides a front-row seat for observing how one person confronted a seemingly impossible situation and how she triumphed, however shakingly, over the many adversities, both societal and psychological, that stood in the way.”—The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

Review:

"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 Dub 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well.

Synopsis:

Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, André Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk.

    Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic.

Synopsis:

From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well.

    These witty and poignant short essays explore reasons for diva-worship as diverse as the writers themselves. My Diva offers both depth and glamour as it pays tribute with joy, intelligence, and fierce, fierce love.

 

 
Finalist, Lambda Book Award for LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Foundation

About the Author

Michael Montlack is professor of English at Berkeley College in New York City. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, Girls, Girls, Girls and Cover Charge. This book was inspired by his love for Stevie Nicks.

Table of Contents

Introduction—Michael Montlack       

Sappho (630 BC): Love, I Implore You in Polyester Lapels—Michael Broder       

Queen Elizabeth I (1533): Heart of a King—Patrick Letellier       

Virginia Woolf (1882): This Perpetual Revision of Thought—Brian Teare       

Margaret Dumont (1882): Duchess of Dignity—Christopher Murray       

Bessie Smith (1892): Empty Bed Blues—Sam J. Miller       

Claude Cahun (1894): Masks, Makeup, Meaning—Peter Dubé       

Gracie Allen (1895): Comic Muse—Lloyd Schwartz       

Lotte Lenya (1898): Divine Weltschmerz—David Bergman       

Gloria Swanson (1899): Sunset Boulevard—Edward Field       

Agnes Moorehead (1900): Afternoons as Endora—Richard Blanco       

Marlene Dietrich (1901): Falling in Love Again—Walter Holland       

Joan Crawford (1905) and Bette Davis (1908): "But ya AHHH, Blanche!"—David Trinidad       

Lucille Ball (1911): Flaming Redhead—Lawrence Applebaum       

Mahalia Jackson (1911): Divine One—Forrest Hamer   

Julia Child (1912): Life's Ingredients—Bill Fogle       

Billie Holiday (1915): Lady Day—Alfred Corn       

Edith Piaf (1915): A Share of Pain—Gregory Woods       

Evita Perón (1919): Santa with a Soundtrack—Guillermo Castro       

Grace Paley (1922): O Stone! O Steel!—Mark Doty       

Ava Gardner (1922): Small Town Girl—Chris Cleo Creech       

Aurora de Albornoz (1926): Tia Divina—Scott Hightower       

Joan Sutherland (1926): Dame Joan and I—Gary Ljungquist       

Eartha Kitt (1927): Purrrfectly Detached—D. A. Powell       

Betty Berzon (1928): Dinners with the Diminutive Diva—Jim Van Buskirk       

Jeanne Moreau (1928): Living Dangerously with Jeanne—Collin Kelley       

Two Fat Ladies (Jennifer Paterson) (1928): Cocktails with Jennifer—Jack Lynch       

Audrey Hepburn (1929): Adoration and the Icon—Joseph Campana       

Elizabeth Taylor (1932): The Über-Diva—Scott F. Stoddart       

Anna Moffo (1932): Her Funeral—Wayne Koestenbaum       

Ms. Kiki Durane (Depression Era): Her Sound and Fury—Christopher Schmidt       

Nina Simone (1933): I Got It Bad for Bangles & Diamonds—Regie Cabico       

Julie Andrews (1935): My First Maria—Mark Wunderlich       

Tina Turner (1939): Tina & I—Jim Elledge       

Karen Black (1939): Diva of the Deranged—Michael Schiavi       

Raquel Welch (1940): As My Mother—Ron Palmer       

Julie Christie (1941): The Cocteau Girl—Cyrus Cassells       

Helen Reddy (1941): Before Anarchy—Richard Tayson       

Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) (1942): Exploring the Amazon—Jeff Oaks       

Diana Ross (1944): How to Reign Supreme—Jericho Brown       

Rocío Dúrcal (1944): The Day She Died—Rigoberto González       

Bette Midler (1945): First Loves—Steven Cordova       

Jessye Norman (1945): Als Ob Ich Säuseln Hörte—Dante Micheaux       

Liza Minnelli (1946): Everybody Loves a Winner: Five Lessons from Liza—Jason Schneiderman       

Cher (1946): History (1987–2)—Aaron Smith       

Laura Nyro (1947): All She Asked of Living—Michael Klein       

Stevie Nicks (1948): "And Wouldn't You Love to Love Her?"—Michael Montlack       

Jessica Lange (1949): Isn't It a Laugh?—Allen Smith       

Patti Lupone (1949): Patti's Turn, In the Key of Diva—Jonathan Howle       

Wendy Waldman (1950): Seeds and Orphans—Paul Lisicky       

Cyndi Lauper (1953): The Sadness in Her Rasp—Steven Riel       

Rickie Lee Jones (1954): The Duchess of Coolsville—Timothy Liu       

Annie Lenox (1954): Desire, Despair, Desire: Some Notes on Annie Lennox & Tension—RJ Gibson       

Siouxsie Sioux (1957): Black Eyeliner and Dark Dreams—Benjamin Harper       

Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell) (1958): "I'm Going to Open Doors for You, Doors You Never Even Dreamed Existed"—Lewis DeSimone       

Kate Bush (1958): The Invisible Diva—Reginald Shepherd       

Jamie Lee Curtis (1958): When the Artist Met His Muse—Vince A. Liaguno       

Sade (1959): The Other Material Girl—Christopher Lee Nutter       

Taylor Dayne (1962): "Tell It to My Heart"—Peter Covino       

Björk (1965): With Regards to Ms. Gudmundsdottir—John Dimes       

Kristin Hersh (1966): "Is Sticky Ever Blue?"—Mark Bibbins       

Céline Dion (1968): Cirque du Céline—Jim Nason       

Parker Posey (1968): A Pocket Full of Posey—Michael J. Andrews       

Margaret Cho (1968): How to Break Every Oriental Stereotype in the Book—Kenji Oshima       

Mary J. Blige (1971): I Take Shallowness Seriously—Jeffery Conway       

Princess Leia (1977): Leia's Kiss—Christopher Hennessy       

Contributors   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299231200
Author:
Montlack, Michael
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Elledge, Jim
Author:
Groff, David
Author:
Ladin, Joy
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Gay men - Identity
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 Dub 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well.

"Synopsis" by ,
Who’s Yer Daddy? offers readers of gay male literature a keen and engaging journey. In this anthology, thirty-nine gay authors discuss individuals who have influenced them—their inspirational “daddies.” The essayists include fiction writers, poets, and performance artists, both honored masters of contemporary literature and those just beginning to blaze their own trails. They find their artistic ancestry among not only literary icons—Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, André Gide, Frank O’Hara, James Baldwin, Edmund White—but also a roster of figures whose creative territories are startlingly wide and vital, from Botticelli to Bette Midler to Captain Kirk.

    Some writers chronicle an entire tribal council of mentors; others describe a transformative encounter with a particular individual, including teachers and friends whose guidance or example cracked open their artistic selves. Perhaps most moving are the handful of writers who answered the question literally, writing intimately of their own fathers and their literary inheritance. This rich volume presents intriguing insights into the contemporary gay literary aesthetic.

"Synopsis" by ,
From Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross to Queen Elizabeth I, Julia Child, and Princess Leia, these divas have been sister, alter ego, fairy godmother, or model for survival to gay men and the closeted boys they once were. And anyone—straight or gay, young or old, male or female—who ever needed a muse, or found one, will see their own longing mirrored here as well.

    These witty and poignant short essays explore reasons for diva-worship as diverse as the writers themselves. My Diva offers both depth and glamour as it pays tribute with joy, intelligence, and fierce, fierce love.

 

 
Finalist, Lambda Book Award for LGBT Anthology, Lambda Literary Foundation

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