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February 2010

the fun guide

Author, Dorian Gray interview by Eric Arvin This online interview was first published at daventryblue.blogspot. com on December 17, 2009. Well well well…Mr. Dorien Grey. I’ve read on your website that you were in the Navy for a while. Any kinky tales? …just kidding. No, really. Tell me. Can they take away my honorable discharge after all these years? I can assure you being on an aircraft carrier with 3,000 other guys wasn’t easy, and I was terrified of being caught. However, there was one night in a bar in Athens… and another when I helped a drunk buddy get his clothes off and into bed at 3 a.m. … Sigh. But no. No stories. None. You were an editor for many years. What made you decide to pick up the pen, as it were, and start writing fiction? Being an editor and seeing some of the stuff that came across my desk (“The pressed their lips together and enjoyed it very much” is one line I’ll never forget) convinced me I couldn’t possibly do worse. When did you have your first piece of fiction published? My first piece of fiction was published, I think, in high school. The south had just rejoined the Union, and.... Your novel, Aaron’s Wait, has been getting kudos lately, including placement in the Best Overall Novel Category at the Rainbow Awards. What’s this book about? The Elliott Smith Mystery series is all about an ordinary guy who doesn’t believe in ghosts who comes across a ghost who believes in him. In “Aaron’s Wait,” Elliott, who is buys and renovates old apartment buildings, finds he has a tenant who refuses to move, partly because he’s waiting for someone, and partly because he’s dead. How is Elliott Smith, your new protagonist, different from your other hero, Dick Hardesty? Well, Dick is an alternate universe me; the me I would love to be. Elliott is much more practical, more down-toearth, more, again, the kind of regular guy I’ve always admired but could never have been. If a film or television series was adapted from either the Dick Hardesty or Elliott Smith books, who would you like to see star? For Dick, either Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice or Colin Ferguson of Eureka. For

Elliott, Matthew Morrison, the teacher in Glee. Ooooh! Hot choices! Your lone nonmystery novel, Calico, a gay western romance, has a nice fan base. Are there plans to do any more non mystery books? To be honest with you, I really should, and may well, but the ideas for Dick and Elliott just keep coming. Several people have asked me about a sequel to “Calico”, but in my mind it’s a stand-alone. Calico and Josh found each other and I want them to live happily ever after without any more interference from me. As a novelist, who inspires you? Whose work did you look up to before you began writing? As a kid, I was a sponge. Ray Bradbury was a tremendous influence on me, but the book I’d most love to have written is Robert Lewis Taylor’s “Adrift in a Boneyard.” I’ve read that book umpteen times and laugh myself sore every time. Great literature it ain’t, but, oh, funny it is! Have you ever received a review that so enraged you that you wanted to rip…I mean, that made you real sad? I’ve really been lucky in not having received a really scathing review. Some have stung a bit, and the little boy in me, who always wants to please and to be loved, truly feels bad when someone doesn’t really like something I’ve written. What’s your favorite mystery film? And screw Sherlock Holmes. Hmmmm. Favorite mystery film. Really hard to choose one among the hundreds and hundreds I’ve seen over the years. So I’ll have to do one of my “Oh! Look over there!!” numbers and steal away without answering while you’re preoccupied. Who’s Harry Kellerman, and why is he saying those terrible things about me? Oh, you’re wrong! Harry speaks VERY highly of you. They just sound terrible. Damn you, Harry! (Shakes fist at sky).... Where can readers find you and your books online? Hmmmmmm? Just type in “Dorien Grey”. You’ll get 10,000 references to Oscar Wilde, but I’m in there, too. Or go to my website (www. or to Facebook or Twitter or Author’s Den or in about 43 sites and groups… Or look for the guy standing on the corner with his thumb out and a bunch of books under one arm.

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LISA’S LIST in front of a crowd of strangers? Find out as Medical Students for Choice present the third annual production of the Vagina Monologues. Proceeds go to benefit the Emma Goldman Clinic. $12 with a suggested minimum donation of $5.

Wednesday, March 3, 8 p.m., THE GINN SISTERS with Fred Eaglesmith at CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. For more info, e-mail, visit www., or call 319-364-1580. Ticket sales are now happening over for all CSPS shows. March 4-13, EURYDICE, by Sara Ruhl, an inventive and visually breathtaking theatrical retelling of the Orpheus myth that examines love, loss, and the mystery of death, presented by University of Iowa Theatre, Iowa City. For more info, visit, and for tickets, visit Saturday, March 6, JUDY GARLAND IN CONCERT, at The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. For tickets, visit The legendary voice and performance visuals of Judy Garland accompanied live in perfect synchronization by the Des Moines Symphony create this remarkable concert event. The show features over two dozen of her greatest musical hits, including The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away, and Over the Rainbow. Using breakthrough technology, this unique entertainment incorporates rare home movies, photographs and the star’s own reminiscences on multiple screens to present the magical and timeless JUDY GARLAND IN CONCERT. Tuesday, March 9, NORAH JONES at The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. For tickets, visit March 10-14, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ALEGRIA, at the US Cellular Center, downtown Cedar Rapids. For tix or more info, visit Thursday-Saturday, March 11-13, 8 p.m., ANGELA KARIOTIS at CSPS/Legion Arts, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. For more info, e-mail info@, visit, or call 319-364-1580. Ticket sales are now happening over for all CSPS shows. Monday, March 22, 8-10 p.m., CHARITY BINGO for ACCESSline Iowa at Hamburger Mary’s, 222 Glenbrook Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids (behind Taco John’s and 2nd Wind). Buy bingo cards for $5 each and win great prizes. All the funds raised go towards ACCESSline, Iowa’s GLBT Newspaper. For more info about Hamburger Mary’s, visit and to get the ACCESSline scoop, visit www. Wednesday, March 23, AVENUE Q, TonyAward winning musical at Stephens Auditorium, on the campus of Iowa State University, Ames. For tix or more info, visit Features full puppet nudity! Friday-Sunday, March 26-28, AVENUE Q, Tony-Award winning musical at the US Cellular Center, downtown Cedar Rapids. For more info, visit Features full puppet nudity! Monday, March 29, 8-10 p.m., CHARITY BINGO for the Iowa Women’s Music Festival at Hamburger Mary’s, 222 Glenbrook Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids (behind Taco John’s and 2nd Wind). Buy bingo cards for $5 each and win great prizes. All the funds raised go towards producing a great 2010 Iowa Women’s Music Festival. For more info about Hamburger Mary’s, visit www. and to learn about the festival, visit

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Every Sunday, 5-6 p.m., GLBT AA, First Baptist Church at 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City. For more info about Intergroup and Alcoholics Anonymous call the 24-Hour Answering Service at 319-338-9111 or visit the AA-IC website: Every Sunday, 7 p.m., L WORD LIVES: L NIGHT at the Firewater Saloon, 347 South Gilbert St., Iowa City, 319-321-5895. The night will start with Season 1, Episode 1 of the L Word... because a good thing should never die. FoLLowing the L Word wiLL be a Drag King show at 9:30 p.m. No cover. Every Sunday, 6-8:30 p.m., THE QUIRE: Eastern Iowa’s GLBT Chorus Rehearsals, at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St., Iowa City. Membership is open to all GLBT folks, as well as allies who support the community. There are no auditions; you only need to be willing to attend rehearsals regularly and learn your music. The Quire prepares two full concerts each year in the winter and spring, and occasionally performs shorter programs at events in the Iowa City/ Cedar Rapids area. The Quire is a member of Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), and has developed a reputation for excellence and variety in its concert programs. For more info, visit EverySunday,QUEERGUERRILLABRUNCH, location in Iowa City to be announced each week. LGBTQIs & Allies gather for Sunday brunch to celebrate queer visibility & community. Sign up for future brunches on Facebook at http://apps. Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 3-6 p.m., TANGO LESSONS at CSPS, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $5. Everyone welcome; no partner or experience necessary. For more info, call Elie at 319-363-1818 or e-mail epsa@ Third Sunday of the month, 3-4 p.m., IOWA CITY PRIDE PLANNING COMMITTEE, Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room E. Come help plan the 2010 Iowa City Pride Festival (to be held Saturday, June 19, 2010). For more info, contact Bridget at Third Monday of every month, 6 p.m., PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Cedar Rapids Metro Area, 6 p.m. (social time), 6:30 p.m. (meeting time), in the Middle Room of Faith United Methodist Church, 1000 30th St, NE, Cedar Rapids. Call 515-5373126 for more details. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome; confidentiality is required. PFLAG promotes the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. First Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m., Iowa PFLAG Quad Cities Chapter Meeting, at Eldridge United Methodist Church, 604 S. 2nd St., Eldridge. For more info, call 563-285-4173. First/Second Monday (alternating) of the month, 7 p.m., Iowa PFLAG North Iowa Chapter Meeting, at First Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Pierce St., Mason City. For more info, call 641-583-2848. Fourth Monday of the month, 7 p.m., Iowa PFLAG Waukon/Northeast Chapter Meeting, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 309 W. Main St., in the Parish Center, Decorah. For more info, call 563-535-7680. Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 6 p.m., and every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., GLBT ONLY AA MEETINGS IN DES MOINES, at 945 19th St.

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ACCESSline, Iowa's LGBT Newspaper, February 2010 Issue, Volume 24 No 2  

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