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City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology: The 60th anniversary edition edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti includes queer poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, Robert Duncan, Peter Orlovsky, Antler and Harold Norse, as well as beat poetry legends Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Anne Waldman, Bob Kaufman and others. (City Lights) Rebels: Featuring illustrations by Ashley Holt, Laura Hallett, Erin Maala, Ben Baldwin, Rob Appleby and others, acclaimed Southern gay poet/writer and educator Jeff Mann put together a collection in which the poet “queers” the Civil War. (Lethe Press)

The Whole Truth

The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Inspired by the Tumblr of the same name, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik celebrate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “in all her glory,” through words and pictures. (Dey Street)

deep Gay Romance, Espionage Joined in BBC Miniseries London Spy, airing soon in the UK on BBC, sounds like just the ticket for all the Sherlock fans out there. Bond film regular Ben Whishaw plays a young gay man deeply involved in London nightlife, who then finds himself in an unlikely romantic relationship with a man from the British Secret Intelligence Service (Edward Holcroft, from Kingsman: The Secret Service). When that man dies, Whishaw’s character is whisked into the world of espionage to uncover the truth. The five-part miniseries was written by gay writer Tom Rob Smith and is directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall). Right now the show is mentioned on BBC America’s website, but no dates are set. That means it’s time to begin politely pestering them.

Words and Music

Encyclopedia Madonnica 20: the updated 20th anniversary edition of the “Madonna bible” by Madonna-obsessed writer Matthew Rettenmund is loaded with previously unseen pictures, original illustrations and more. It includes celeb interviews, “one-word descriptions” and more between front and back covers by Richard Corman and Kiri Teshigahara, respectively. (Boy Culture) Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed: The latest children’s book by Heather Has Two Mommies author Lesléa Newman, with illustrations by Amy June Bates, is the story of composer/pianist Moshe Cotel and the kitten with whom he made beautiful music. (Candlewick Press)

groundbreaking gay jazz legend Billy Strayhorn, the book edited by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger, with a foreword by Ramsey Lewis, does a fantastic job of telling Strayhorn’s melodious story through words and images. (Bolden/Agate)

Alex Gino tells the story of Melissa, born George. She wants the lead in the school production of Charlotte’s Web, and she and best friend Kelly devise a plan to get the part while settling the gender-identity issue once and for all. (Scholastic)

Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender: With a foreword by Grace Slick and an afterword by Grace Potter, the graceful coffee table book contains almost 450 images by renowned rock photographer Jay Blakesburg. It pays homage to the “earth mamas, fairy princesses, hula-hoopers, whirling dervishes, front-row regulars and flower-crown makers,” barefoot or booted, in bikini tops and long skirts, on whom Blakesburg has focused his lens at music festivals and concerts for 35 years. (Rock Out Books)

What Is Punk?: Described as a music primer for children, Eric Morse’s book, with illustrations by Anny Yi, is written in rhyme with photos of colorful clay characters and settings to recreate the history of the “deafening roar/that awakened the people/like never before.” It also includes figurines representing New York Doll David Johansen, icons Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Henry Rollins and all-female band The Slits. (Akashic Books)

YA, for All Ages

George: The trans narrative in this youngadult novel by gender-queer writer/activist


Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life: Published in time to honor the centennial of the late,

inside Surprise: James Franco in Another Gay Project James Franco, in his seemingly neverending quest to confer gayness upon himself via association, is producing what is sure to be a shocker of a movie called King Cobra. The film, directed by Justin Kelly, who also worked with Franco on the upcoming I Am Michael, will tell the ugly story of the 2007 murder of gay adult film producer Bryan Kocis, who had worked with gay porn star Brent Corrigan. Franco will act in the film alongside Christian Slater (who’ll play Kocis), Pretty Little Liars’ Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald and Disney Channel’s Teen Beach and Teen Beach 2 alum Garrett Clayton as Corrigan. That last bit of casting makes perfect sense in a Vanessa-Hudgins-and-Selena-Gomez-starring-in-Spring Breakers way. Can’t wait for this one to make us all feel creepy and upset.

Gregg Shapiro is a freelance entertainment journalist based in Florida. His work appears regularly in Outlook, and his fiction writing has appeared in Blithe House Quarterly, an anthology of queer short stories.

Cheyenne Jackson Seems More of an Otter, Anyway

Perhaps shockingly, the upcoming film Bear With Us, starring Cheyenne Jackson, has absolutely nothing to do with bears as they are commonly understood in the complex taxonomy of gay subcultures. No, this horror comedy is about an actual bear. An actual angry, murderous and hungry bear that happens upon a charming cabin in the woods where a couple is getting engaged. The official word is “think Jaws, with a bear,” but knowledgeable fans of killer animal movies know better: think Grizzly, that 1976 ripoff of Jaws about a giant ursine killer, or in the words of that cheap B-movie’s lurid ad campaign, “18 feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror.” Come to think of it, Grizzly was kind of a horror comedy, too. Anyway, Bear With Us, from indie filmmaker William J. Stribling, is currently in production and also will feature - although we don’t know exactly what this means at the moment - “the voice of” Orange Is the New Black star Lea Delaria. Mysterious.

Why won’t James Franco just come out already?

by Romeo San Vicente Hannah Hart Making Leap From YouTube to Movies We don’t know if you’re allowed to be a YouTube sensation after 30, but if all goes as planned, the trio of Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig will have moved on to bigger things when their next film, Dirty Thirty, is digitally released by Lionsgate. The YouTube stars - lesbian comic Hannah Hart’s My Drunk Kitchen is a favorite there - already have had a streaming hit with Camp Takota, so Lionsgate decided to snap them up for this next project about a birthday party gone wild. There’s no other information available yet, but the pattern of millennial female comics using the Internet to launch themselves is set thanks to breakout hits like Broad City, and this feels like the beginning of big things for these young women. The countdown to more famous funny people jumping on their bandwagon begins now.

Romeo San Vicente’s kitchen features what might be considered a surprising number of carb-rich treats for someone with such perfect abdominal muscles. You mad? He can be reached at december 2015


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