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04/19/2007


'Touralouralay', a Musical Tale of Gay Love, Marriage, Booze, Drag, and Betrayal: VIDEO

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Singer-songwriter Billy Hough presents "Touralouralay", a unique musical tale of gay love, marriage, booze, drag, and betrayal shot in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Buffalo, NY entirely on an iPhone.

The video features members of the indie band The Albrights along with a cameo by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Cunningham Explores Sexuality in New Novel

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The Paris Review interviews Michael Cunningham about his new novel By Nightfall, about a married NYC gallery owner who begins to fall for the younger brother of his wife:

PARIS REVIEW: At one point, Peter says, “I don’t know. I mean, how could I love another guy and not be gay?” “Easy,” says Uta. Why is it easy?

CUNNINGHAM: Human sexuality is tremendously complicated, so much so that the designations “gay,” “straight,” and “bisexual” are all but meaningless. How many of us have had crushes, and even sexual experiences, with people who fall outside our official “erotic category”? Okay, not everyone, but many of us. I’m interested in sexuality that falls outside the official lines of demarcation. As is Uta.

The seed of By Nightfall was really Mann’s Death in Venice. Although I didn’t want to rewrite Death in Venice, I’ve always been fascinated by Aschenbach’s fascination with Tadzio, which is eroticized but not exactly sexual; it’s more about Aschenbach’s love of youth and beauty and ephemerality. If it was just a book about an old letch hungering for a young boy, what good would it be? I wanted to write about an essentially straight guy who finds himself powerfully drawn not only to a boy but to what the boy represents. If Peter had simply become obsessed with a girl, the story would have been too conventional.

Looking forward to starting this novel.


Michael Cunningham Discusses New Novel, Olympia

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham tells Entertainment Weekly that he's about two-thirds finished with a new 250-page novel called Olympia that may be completed by September.

Cunningham Says Cunningham: "Peter is the central character. He’s an art dealer and he finds that he is increasingly drawn to his wife’s very much younger brother, who evinces for him everything that was appealing about his wife when he first met her. He’s not gay. Well, he’s probably a little gay because we’re all a little gay, right? But it’s certainly eroticized. It’s not because he wants to f—  this boy. The boy is like the young wife."

You can read an excerpt from Olympia at Electric Literature. The excerpt, according to EW, is about "the relationship of two brothers growing up in 1970s suburban Milwaukee, the flamboyantly gay Matthew (he even figure skates!) and his younger brother, the presumably straight Peter."

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News: Heath Ledger, North Carolina, Op, Michael Cunningham

road.jpg Michelle Williams says she's been visited by the ghost of Heath Ledger: "The first time, she was woken at night after hearing furniture move. In another 'visitation', she said he apologised to her for not being there to help raise their two-year-old daughter, Matilda. Williams claimed the hauntings helped her grieve."

Wentzroad.jpg Remember 'Op' surfwear? It's making a comeback.

road.jpg Who is Gossip Girl's gay character going to get caught making out with? (SPOILER WARNING)

road.jpg Pinkberry comes clean on ingredients.

road.jpg Paper: Mood of 'deep pessimism' pervades AIDS vaccine scientists.

road.jpg North Carolina adds new rule to Patents' bill of rights ensuring that same-sex partners will get visitation rights: "The rule adds a provision to the Patients’ Bill of Rights, stating: “A patient has the right to designate visitors who shall receive the same visitation privileges as the patient’s immediate family members, regardless of whether the visitors are legally related to the patient.” The right applies to hospitals statewide. 'We know how important it is that patients have their loved ones by their sides, but all too often same-sex partners have been turned away when their partner is hospitalized.' said Ian Palmquist, Executive Director of Equality NC Foundation. 'The new policy will ensure that the patient’s wishes are respected. This is a victory not just for same-sex couples, but for unmarried opposite-sex couples, caregivers, and other loved ones whom the state does not legally recognize.'" Medical decisions are not covered under the new rule.

road.jpg HUNG: HBO developing series about a guy with a big dick?

Eastonroad.jpg Town administrator of Easton, Massachusetts, outside Boston, to marry: "Tomorrow, Easton Town Administrator David Colton will marry his longtime partner, Brian Khoo, an interior designer from Malaysia. It will be a black-tie event. The five Easton selectmen will attend. So will state Senator Brian A. Joyce, a legislative supporter of gay marriage who will deliver a speech on the subject. In a perfect world, Colton said, there would be no need for such a speech at his wedding. And becoming the first gay town administrator in the state to get married would not deserve particular note. But, for now, Colton said, he sees his marriage as a validation of a fight for equality - of his work to become a successful town administrator, regardless of his sexual orientation."

Fuenteroad.jpg Cristian de la Fuente: stogie daddy.

road.jpg Check out the trailer for Will Smith's summer superhero movie Hancock.

road.jpg Game show looking for real-life Will & Grace.

road.jpg New York theater figure Joe Cino honored with plaque to be mounted on site of historic cafe: "Fifty years ago Joe Cino rented a storefront in New York City’s Greenwich Village in order to open a coffee house, which eventually morphed into what is now regarded as the birthplace of the Off Off Broadway movement and the American Gay Theatre Movement."

road.jpg Michael Cunningham's The Hours to become an opera?

road.jpg Variety previews the GLAAD media awards in L.A.: "On occasion, the specifics resonate far beyond the same-sex world and into the mainstream, as when Ang Lee's 'Brokeback Mountain' dominated conversations two years ago or Ellen DeGeneres came out on her eponymous TV show a decade earlier. But not every year can be a banner one, and the work of 2007 being celebrated at this year's ceremonies seems to honor steady progress more than milestone moments."


News: Barbara Boxer, Ivri Lider, Mike Gravel, Keanu Reeves

road.jpg Senator Mike Gravel: Why I Wasn't Invited to the HRC Gay Debate. Gravel: "Yesterday the Human Rights Campaign announced that it will not invite me to the first-ever presidential debate on gay issues because I didn't raise enough money. To say that I'm shocked is an understatement. I can confidently say, of all presidential candidates, I've been the most outspoken advocate for gay rights."

Ivri_liderroad.jpg NewNowNext talks with out Israeli singer Ivri Lider about a few things, among them musicians' refusal to discuss their sexuality: "It’s an interesting discussion because, on one hand, an artist - he’s a person and he has his world and all kinds of things that could be hard for him, like maybe his family. But on the other hand, I feel that it’s a shame that more people do not do that. I think it’s good for them and good for our community and we need that. We need people…especially artists that people look up to. We need that."

road.jpg Rob Cole, journalist who helped create national readership for The Advocate, has died at 76: "His work was encouraging to other gay journalists, such as Mark Thompson, a former Advocate senior editor and author of books on gay spirituality, history and culture. 'In those days, for someone to leave a mainstream career and work for a struggling gay newspaper was an extraordinary act of courage and bravery,' Thompson said."

Becksroad.jpg It never ends: more Becks, more!

road.jpg Spike in NYC syphilis cases among gay men "disconcerting," say officials: "The 260 cases reported during the first three months of 2007 compares with 128 during the same period last year, the city's Health Department reported. Men accounted for 96% of new cases, and most occurred among the homosexual population. The 10 cases reported by women, meanwhile, signal the potential for further increases among that group, health officials said."

road.jpg Weeping mother takes the stand in the 2001 gay bashing murder trial of John McGhee: I did not recognize my son. His face had no shape. He was all purple and blue. What I saw was monstrous. I couldn't believe it. I was afraid to kiss him."

Keanuroad.jpg Keanu Reeves cops out.

road.jpg Michael Cunningham to give reading in Provincetown this Sunday.

road.jpg Barbara Boxer: "Impeachment should be on the table.": "I’ve always said that you need to keep it on the table, and you need to look at these things, because now people are dying because of this administration. That’s the truth. And they won’t change course. They are ignoring the Congress. They keep signing these signing statements which mean that he’s decided not to enforce the law. This is as close as we’ve ever come to a dictatorship. When you have a situation where Congress is stepped on, that means the American people are stepped on. So I don’t think you can take anything off the table. Because in fact the Constitution doesn’t permit us to take these things off the table…"


Jake Shears and Michael Cunningham: A Meeting of Minds

JakeshearsandsalTowleroad reader and author Salvatore Sapienza writes in about his visit to the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans where he saw Michael Cunningham and Jake Shears (pictured here with Salvatore) of Scissor Sisters appear on a panel together to discuss how Cunningham's novel Specimen Days influenced a song on the Scissors' upcoming album.

Full details are on Salvatore's Amazon Author's Blog and his MySpace page, but here are a few nuggets:

The new Scissor Sisters album is out in September with the Cunningham inspired track "In the Machine". The working title for the new CD is Ta Da.

According to Salvatore, "Shears told the story of how he, as a young freelance writer for Genre magazine, tried to get an interview with Cunningham right when The Hours had come out. After 'stalking' him at a bar in NYC, Jake was able to get Cunningham's phone number. Cunningham never returned his call. Fast forward years later when Scissor Sisters are now famous, and the two meet again at a function. Cunningham tells Shears what a fan he is of the CD and how he listened to it while writing Specimen Days. Shears reminds Cunningham that he was the young 'stalker' whose phone call he never returned! The two have since struck up a friendship. Cunningham and his boyfriend have had Jake and his boyfriend, Chris, over for dinner."

Funny, I remember Shears' story. I was the editor at Genre and Shears (who then went by his given name) was my "editor at large." He was my most dependable freelancer and the day I stopped regretting giving him permission to quit writing for me to fully pursue his "band" was the day I picked up their excellent debut CD. Jason Jake deserves every bit of success he has achieved. A true talent.

Thanks for the update and photo, Salvatore.


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