What I'm reading *

I've always read. While growing up, reading was a refuge when I found life too unpleasant or stressful. Consequently I've bought a lot of books over time as well.

Now that I'm no longer in the rich corporate phase of my life I've rediscovered the library. Dayton's library may be maligned by some but is still a great resource. One type of book I like to read is gay fiction and I was surprised to see a lot of it in the Dayton library's catalog. Plus you can even ask them to buy particular titles, and they will!

Below you can see the five most recent books either that I'm reading or that I've acquired. You can search my books, or you can see all my books. Also my classes page has links back to this page for the books for each class.

ISBN: 0375400559

Title Author
2007-03-11 0375400559 Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood Laurents, Arthur  
  I just finished this autobiography by a not-so-famous (to me at least) playwright, screen writer and director who I heard of only a month or so ago when I saw an interview with him on a DVD of Alfred Hitchock's film Rope. Laurents, who dated the cute actor Farley Granger for a time, apparently lived fairly openly in Hollywood and New York with his long-term partner, lesser known actor Tom Hatcher. The view into what it was like to live as a gay man in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, before the gay rights era, makes this book worth reading, even though the book is rather soap-operaish, sparing no details on the various squabbles Laurents had with the rich and famous from prima dona actresses to credit-grabbing directors and producers. The many photos, interspersed throughout the text rather than centralized in one or two places, add a lot to Laurents' story.

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