AP reports that Amazon is rolling out a new service that—for $9.99 a month—allows Kindle users unlimited access to “thousands of electronic books and audiobooks.” It’s called Kindle Unlimited.
The dog days of summer are a time to relax and recharge. And what better way to do exactly that than laying out (sunscreen on, please) with a good book? We asked Philly fitness experts for their healthy summer reading lists, so you can find a few books to add to yours. Read more »
In 1967, Joan Rivers performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. Her act, although amazingly mild to today’s standards, was groundbreaking for a female comic in the ’60s: Women just didn’t talk about this sort of stuff:
Fast-forward to 2014: Joan Rivers is 81 years old and she keeps talking about things that most people wouldn’t dare think, never mind say. She hosts Fashion Police weekly on E! and has her own reality show, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on WEtv. She has her own line of clothing and jewelry on QVC. She’s won Emmys and has been nominated for Tonys. In other words, girlfriend has put in her damn time. She’s literally the reason why Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, and a host of other gay-loved comediennes, have careers. Read more »
Summer is here, and it’s a great time to pick up a book to enjoy while lounging at Rittenhouse Park or while soaking up the sun at Rehoboth. We surveyed several gay Philadelphians on their favorite reading suggestions to form our big gay book list. Trust me: it’s a lot better than all of that required summer reading from high school!
Gay Philly Summer Reading Picks
The Memoirs of Winthrop Little is an interactive children’ book series app dreamt up by Wayne resident and architect Jeffrey Martin.
The story is written by an adorable teddy bear named Winthrop Little, and it just so happens to serve as a valuable learning tool for tots. It teaches young readers common life values (sharing, kindness, teamwork) while showing them a good time with a slew of interactive features, like moving photos, sidebars with additional facts about Winthrop’s life and personality and more.
“I love to read and I noticed over the past several years how the whole demeanor of books has changed,” Martin says. “I thought, ‘gee, if the future of books is going to be electronic, we’re really missing out on something.’”
A while back I told you about Philly writer Larry Benjamin, whose 2013 novel Unbroken is nominated for one of this year’s Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Romance category. Well, he’ll be going into the early-June awards ceremony a winner, because last week it was announced that the book scored gold in the LGBT fiction category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book awards. The awards — known as IPPYs — “are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.”
Smerconish was once seen as a rising star in conservative radio; George W. Bush even called in to Smerconish’s show on election night in 2000. But as Bush’s popularity plummeted in his second term and right-wing talk radio lurched rightward in the mid-2000s, Smerconish’s more-nuanced takes fell a bit out of favor. He says he was pressured to get more right-wing — but wanted to continue to be a conservative moderate. Smerconish also, notably, says refused to take ads for gold-selling businesses, a recent staple of conservative radio.
Now he’s on satellite radio, and says he has “put [his] livelihood on the line” to show that moderate punditry does have an audience and … why am I bothering to recap these things, let’s talk about his pillows:
“I’m the referendum, aren’t I?” he says on the patio of his spacious home in swanky Villanova, Pa., his arm draped across a pillow bearing the outline of his signature bald head.
Do you think the Smerconish bald head logo was originally created by doing a silhouette cutout using a flashlight and his shadow? I hope so.
Dr. Dustin Kidd and I met at the Starbucks at 12th and Walnut to discuss his latest book, Pop Culture Freaks. I asked him here to learn more about the work, which, while examining pop culture from an all-inclusive angle, includes a chapter specifically dedicated to LGBT representation in the media.
Here are some of the things you can learn in The Daring Book for Girls and its sequels:
• How to make a geyser out of Diet Coke and Mentos.
• How to do science projects.
• How to build a zipline.
• How to build a campfire.
• How to surf, make a raft, and play football.
Sure, there’s also stuff about double dutch, cat’s cradle, and the like (and perhaps the cover of the book a bit too sparkly for the taste of some) but the point is this: The Daring Book for Girls and its sequels are about expanding horizons — not about limiting girls to self-consciously girly things.
Philadelphia Morrissey fans: Show a little skin this Sunday and you could be featured in an upcoming photo book. Mozzites with ink to prove it will be photographed and potentially spotlighted in a photo project showing Morrissey/the Smiths-themed tattoos and the stories/people behind them.