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My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them

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Publisher Comments:

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

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.

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
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Gay men - Identity
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
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.

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